Finally, an original Xbox store kiosk is mine.
A few years ago I heard there were a few
of these Xbox kiosks still scattered around New Zealand and that they’d occasionally pop up for sale on the auction site Trademe (New Zealand’s version of Ebay). The original Xbox is one of, if not my favourite console of any generation
— and at least on par with the Sega Master System 2 — so when the opportunity arose to buy one, I knew I had to own it. After a stressful week of bidding and a 6-hour round trip to pick it up, the Xbox Kiosk was finally all mine.
The Kiosk itself wasn’t in the best condition. It looked like it had been sitting for sometime as it was buried beneath a thick layer of dust, but never the less, I was as happy as a pig in shit to pick it up.
The next mission was how the fuck was I going to get this up a couple flights of stairs to get it inside. It’s very heavy even without the TV and Xbox set up inside of it and the base is a giant X making it quite difficult to navigate through doorways. It took two of us, but after a battle with the stairs, finally the beast was inside.
Boasting a surround sound set up and bright green lights, the kiosk really is quite the thing of beauty. The sound is actually very good — it has two speakers at the top, two behind the Xbox,
and a sub, which packs a real punch, hidden behind the marketing material.
The Xbox I have in the unit is a crystal Xbox that is mod-chipped and running CoinOps Premium 8. CoinOps is an interface that runs all sorts of emulators from Arcade, Sega, Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox games. I also have an X-Arcade tankstick that I can hook up and get that genuine arcade feeling. The combination of CoinOps and the kiosk gives such an awesome arcade experience — the neon lights and awesome sound mean it really is an absolute joy to play. You can find out more about CoinOps for Xbox here.
I’ve owned some awesome gaming kit, including the first actual Street Fighter arcade cab I ever played, but nothing comes close to how fucking cool this thing is. These things were designed for stores to show off the Xbox and now I have one in my living room, and that’s probably a good measure of the man-child I really am.