what to do with old xbox 360? Top Best Uses Of Old Console

What To Do With Old Xbox 360? Top Best Uses Of Old Console

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When your old Xbox 360 finally bites the dust, you may be wondering what to do with it. You could just throw it away, but that seems like a waste. Here are some ideas for what to do with old Xbox 360.

What To Do With Old Xbox 360

Convert It Into A Dedicated Arcade Machine

Convert it into a stand-alone arcade machine

Most DIY arcade cabinets take some technical know-how, but if you have an old Xbox 360 lying around that you’re willing to encase in wood, you can save yourself a lot of time fiddling with P.C. parts and emulation. There are plenty of arcade cabinet kits available online for the well-heeled builder.

Still, there’s no need to spend a fortune if you don’t want to, and putting together a simple wooden frame to house your console, and a display can be a fun and inexpensive craft project in and of itself. Furthermore, given that everyone has gone on to the greener pastures of current-gen systems, high-quality combat sticks for the Xbox 360 are much more reasonable, so you could also throw in a top-notch joystick.

Imagine having your own arcade cabinet, ready to serve up a round of Street Fighter 4, Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Virtua Fighter 5, Red Dead Redemption, anytime you feel like it. You won’t even have to give it any money to keep it alive.

Make It A Media Streaming Centre

These days, the Xbox console must perform two functions that are nearly equal in importance. They must, first and foremost, host fantastic games, but it is also critical that they allow us to binge-watch Breaking Bad and Brooklyn 99. Although the Xbox 360 was released in 2005, at a time when DVD rentals were still a huge business, it now has complete compatibility for Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video.

However, the machine can do more than just run these media center streaming services; it can also serve as a streaming hub for your home network, wirelessly grabbing media from your computer and displaying them on the large screen. Install a media server on your desktop machines, such as Plex or Serviio.

Follow the simple setup instructions, and you’ll be up and running in no time. Once connected, your tired old Xbox 360 will be the ideal complement to a bedroom T.V., allowing you to binge on boxsets from the comfort of your own bed.

Play Crackdown

Playing games crackdown

The list of Xbox 360 titles that your bright new Xbox One can play is growing all the time, but Microsoft’s hefty new computer still can’t handle the complete Xbox 360 library. When it comes to platform exclusives, there’s just no other way to play them than with a 360. If you get rid of your machine, you’ll be able to say goodbye to Beautiful Katamari and never have to listen to the Dance Central series again.

There’s never been a better moment to revisit Realtime Worlds’ raucous open-world shooter than now, with Crackdown 3 on the road (and likely to feature strongly at Microsoft’s E3 presentation). There’s no going back to the original Pacific City with your 360.

Sell It For Hundreds!

We now live in the age of digitally disseminated video games, a futuristic nirvana that previously seemed as far-fetched as the idea of downloading pulled pork. However, one unfortunate side effect of this wonderful new era is that it is no longer available if a game is removed from an online marketplace. Only those who bought the game before it was tragically removed can play it, as long as they haven’t deleted the game files to make room for the Oblivion horse armor DLC.

So, if you have a copy of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 or Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game installed on your Xbox 360, consider it a rare find. Some people paid thousands of dollars for phones with Flappy Birds loaded, so maybe a comparable market for Xbox 360s with Alan Wake on the hard drive will emerge soon.

Read more: How Much Is An Xbox 360 Worth?

Make it Portable

make xbox 360 portable

Okay, so unless you’re a licensed engineer, this one might be a little tough, but Xbox 360 laptops have become popular projects for amateur tinkerers looking to play Halo 3 on the go. Ben Heckendorn, a portable console pro, has built numerous 360 laptops and documented the process extensively on his website; there are also plenty of how-tos to follow on sites like Instructables.

But keep in mind that if you’re anything like me, you’ll have about as much chance of frying your console as you have of making a usable portable system. So don’t blame me if your console’s entire motherboard is a molten pool of metal and plastic.

Make An Xbox Henge and Charge People To Look At It.

Tell them it was constructed by a little prehistoric Bill Gates.

Make Faceless Abominations With Your Old Kinect Camera.

The first version of Microsoft’s Kinect camera was capable of a lot more clunky mini-games and failed to register your aunt. This handy tiny 3D scanner can be hacked to allow for all kinds of photo tricks!

Kinect may also be used to construct eldritch nightmares that will forever haunt your dreams, as avid tinker Matt Bell discovered. Bell created the look using a clever piece of code that combines various 3D video streams from the exact location. The consequence is occasionally amusing, strange, and sometimes terrifying to mortals.

Think About Donating Your Old Video Console Gaming

donating your old video games consoles

Contributing your old console to a nonprofit organization is by far one of the most impactful things you can do with it. This could be a local children’s hospital, domestic violence shelter, or a well-known charity like Gamer’s Outreach (U.S.) or Get Well Gamers (U.K.).

Giving your old console to a thrift store or selling it for charity on eBay will also help because you’ll be raising funds for a good cause.

We recommend first contacting any organizations by phone or email to find out more about their regulations for collecting donated items. Don’t forget to throw in any old games, controllers, or accessories that you don’t use anymore.

You might also give your old console to friends, neighbors, or anybody else you think will like it. Not everyone can afford a brand-new system, and not everyone is passionate enough about video games to spend a few hundred dollars on them. You could pique someone’s interest in video games which has never held a controller before.

Because of the PS5’s backward compatibility, if you possess a PlayStation 4 and upgrade to the PS5, you’ll be less likely to play your old games on the older system. Older games run better on newer platforms, typically with upgrades or optimized versions. The Xbox Series X and Series S, both backward compatible with previous Xbox generations, are the same.


If you have an old Xbox 360 that you’re no longer using, you may be wondering what to do with it. There are a few different options, including selling it, recycling it, or repurposing it. Hope that you find it helpful in this article in using your old Xbox 360 efficiently.

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