Ben Heck has built some awesome gaming systems over the years, and it only serves us right to showcase five of the best.
Ben Heck shows off his custom-built Atari 2600 portable, which is powered by 6 x AA batteries and measures 7.25″ x 4.5″ x 1.5″.
Features include a 7-inch widescreen display, stereo speakers, Gamecube controller port, and an integrated sensor bar.
Ben Heck: “It’s the Wii laptop! We spent the last few weeks (including much time spent over the holidays evading relatives) slaving over this bad boy and finally it’s complete.”
Atari 800 XE Laptop
Ben Heck has just unveiled an updated version of his Atari 800 XE laptop. It sports a “new case, a cleaner keyboard (with round keys!), and a breakout cartridge case.”
We particularly admire the Atari logo on the top, and Ben’s usual attention to detail and a clean, efficient, design. Still, we can’t wait for the day that Ben’s talents get noticed by Apple, Dell, or another big-name laptop maker, so that more of the masses can be showered with his talent
Ben Heck completed this fully functional PSOne Portable in September, 2001. As one of his first portable gaming creations, it consisted of a Casio EV-550 screen, PSOne internals, memory card slot, 2nd player controller port, and a custom-built case.
In the end the project cost about $400 to create, half of that just for the screen. The buttons were all custom routed by me, except the original analog control knobs and the red “Toggle Analog” button, which was from Radio Shack
Xbox 360 Laptop
That’s right, Ben Heck has done it again, this time he’s built a custom XBox 360 laptop. It features a 17-inch widescreen display, integrated keyboard, Wi-Fi, and a 3-port USB hub. This laptop measures 6.75″ x 10.75″ x 2.8″ and weighs in at 14-pounds.
A friend of mine asked back in May “Can you build an Xbox 360 laptop?” And I responded “Sure, can you pay for it?” He agreed, and thus I set forth on what was surely to be my most complex and insanely ridiculous videogame project yet
Ben Heck’s VCSp Rev. 5.1
Ben Heck unveils his latest project, the VCSp Rev. 5.1. This portable Atari 2600 features a 3.5-inch LED backlit display, a custom-built case, 2P controller port, and a built-in speaker.
In honor of the sevenyeariversary of console modding he created a new revision to his Atari-playing VCSp portable, but it is a bit different this time around because you can actually buy it! Ben will be creating between 20 and 30 of these devices and selling them for around $300 each
Ben Heckendorn presents the SNES Portable. He gutted an SNES system, removed the circuit board, attached a controller, hooked everything up to a 2.5″ LCD screen, and than crammed everything into the custom made case. The SNESp is powered by a standard Sony Camcorder Battery. Who needs a PSP when you can play Super Mario World, Super Metroid, and Super Mario Kart on the go.
Mark VII Atari 2600
Ben Heck unveils his latest creation, a Nintendo DS-inspired Atari 2600 portable. It features a custom-machined case, built-in speakers, and a TFT-LCD screen.
Another day, another amazing Benjamin J. Heckendorn console mod. This time, Ben has churned out the Mark VII Atari 2600 (aka Atari VCSp Revision 7) portable with a cool clamshell design
It has an easy-to-use sliding battery pack (4 AA’s that last a long time) and clean, simple styling. And lo and behold it has a headphone jack! Customization would also be possible, such as all the gray parts could be a different color, for instance. The rear of the unit. When finished they’ll be a cushion strip at the bottom for your fingers
Yes, this will play all your old school Colecovision games like “Donkey Kong”, “Galaxian”, and “Zaxxon” in all their 16 color glory. Ben Heckendorn, creator of the NES Micro, made a custom case, tore apart an old Colecovision system, designed his own controller, and put it all together into the sleek package you see above. It features A/V outputs, an auxiliary power input, and a reflective black vinyl case with brushed aluminum accents. Unfortunately, this one-of-a-kind system was built by request and has already been sold. [Source]