Share Your Multi-Console Setups!
Thanks to Cyber Monday and poor impulse control I have yet another XBox One S headed my way. That's in addition to my two Day One systems and the 2TB S console that now resides semi-permanently in my GAEMS Vanguard
I also have three 360s: two old-school white dinosaurs that I maintained because my Bejeweled 2
save was locked to an old 20GB top-mounting HDD, and a Slim system that's my primary.
What I don't have is a great way to view more than 3-4 systems at once. Granted, I'm not doing a great deal of multi-boxing these days, but there are times when it comes in handy--especially with more and more games going backward-compatible.
Thanks to "Gold-Sharing" I have been able to run 4 copies of Gears of War
with only 2 gold accounts. The golds play on 360s, while silver accounts play on the One. Here's what filling half a MP lobby looks like on my setup:
Seriously Serious for Seriously...
At the heart of my home theater setup is an 8x8 HDMI matrix switch. It lets me route any of (up to) 8 sources to (up to) 8 displays in any combination. For example, I can display the same movie or console on all of my screens if I like. The matrix saves me from constantly moving cables around or running an ugly nest of connections up the wall to my TVs (which is what I used to do).
The matrix setup has proven to be far more indispensable than I originally expected. I use at least 2 screens almost every night now, even if I'm just hanging out in party chat on the One while playing on the 360. Or watching blu-rays on the big screen while working on grindy stuff on a side TV. Or helping someone boost while I do my own thing. Even when I only need one screen my wife is usually on her TV.
The Quest for More Screens
As much as I love my setup now, I'm looking for ways to run even more consoles at once. Four systems is great, but with six I could solo-boost Call of Duty: World at War
. With eight I could solo Gears of War
with a locked-down lobby.
I've been looking into ways to view more sources in my theater setup, but so far I haven't found a solution I like. Things I've considered include security DVRs (don't play nice with HDMI), HDMI multiviewers (very expensive), HDMI over IP (bandwidth requirements aren't practical). I've even considered just buying a bunch of tiny displays for Raspberry Pis, but I'm not sure how to make them portable enough that they're readily available when I need them and not cluttering up my theater when I don't.
I know there must be plenty of people in the TA community with multiple consoles and clever solutions for running multiple boxes. I'd love to hear about your setups (and see them!), so please post in the comments or write your own blog and leave a link here. How many consoles do you own? How many can you run at once? What's the craziest (or coolest) thing you've managed to do by running multiple boxes?
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on 02 December 16 at 21:09
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