Console and PC gamers love only one thing more than their platform of choice; arguing about why it’s best, and everything else is the worst. It’s an ancient war, started in the days of IRC channels and forum warriors, now waged in tweetstorms and memes. This conflict obscures the simple fact that most gamers own at least one console and one PC.
Origin’s Big O embraces that fact. It calls a truce, brokers a pact, forms an alliance that some might think unholy. This is a high-end gaming PC that can be equipped with the most powerful components possible. It also contains a console of your choice. And it wraps both in a compact cube that’s smaller than most mundane desktops.
Origin PC decided to celebrate 10 years of making gaming PCs and laptops by creating a system that brings together every current-gen platform. The end result is a case containing a gaming rig, a PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, and a Nintendo Switch. The only problem is, you can’t buy it.
When Origin PC first started selling gaming PCs back in 2009, it created a custom gaming rig called the Big O which included an Xbox 360. The 10th-anniversary update of the Big O contains all three current-gen consoles alongside a high-performance Windows gaming PC.
The key to all this hardware working in one case is water cooling (and a very large case). Both the Xbox One X ($474.99 at Amazon) and the PS4 Pro ($399.99 at GameStop) have custom Cryogenic Hard-Line cooling and a 2TB Seagate Barracuda SSD attached.
A large amount of storage per console is because neither retained its optical drive in this build. For the Switch, Origin installed a custom dock the handheld can be slid inside, disappearing completely into the case.
The gaming rig consists of an Intel Core i9-9900K running on an MSI MEG Z390 GODLIKE motherboard and complemented by 64GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB RAM and a Nvidia Titan RTX graphics card. Storage is provided by two 2TB Samsung 970 EVO NVMe drives and a 14TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive. Power is drawn from a 1000W EVGA SuperNOVA G3 PSU, there’s an Elgato Game Capture 4K60 Pro card, and the operating system is Windows 10. Just like with the consoles, Origin used the Cryogenic Hard Line liquid cooling solution for the PC components.
The case housing all this kit is a custom Origin PC Genesis with RGB Lighting, and to show off what’s inside Origin used a tempered glass siding with HD UV Printing. As you can see from the image and video above, it looks pretty stunning and it’s a real shame you can’t buy this setup. They’d sell a few even at the high price it would command, I bet.
Here’s a full review of the Big O by Unbox therapy: