This OP is gonna be long and spalted into multiple cases, but it's gonna combine in the end, so take your time and read my post. Okay, I haven't owned an xbox, nor an xbox 360, but I know that they're built by Microsoft, who owns the biggest operative system in the world. The xbox 360-controller is compatible freely with both the console, but also with any computer equipped with windows, no plugins needed. Apple has a lot of software that enables the emulation of both Linux Ubuntu and all Windows' current and previous OS', and I wouldn't be surprised if the same could be applied to the standard PC. Now, I know for a fact that the "720" is set for a Q4 2013 release with initial showing at next years E3 event, and its estimated value is gonna be around 3-400$ USD, and get a quite hefty amount of new tech. This does two things: 1) Xbox 360 goes way down in price soon 2) Enables an early investment in powerful tech that will last a small decade if treated properly Browsing diverse social medias like Reddit and Funnyjunk, I've stumbled upon a concept I haven't heard of before; A desk with an integrated PC. This opens quite a few possibilities, where beyond looking badass, you can do tons of both media-related stuff and artistic work and make it a multimedia platform in itself, and with some hefty processing going on, you can make some neat local clouding using that as the main board. Also, a friend linked this on his facebook. If you are too lazy to click, it's pretty much a unified xbox 360 and PC in one box. Now, this is actually just a hardcore PC with a built-in console within its framing, but the idea itself is cool as hell. Get to the point! Sheesh... Now, my idea is as following, if you haven't already partially guessed it: The xbox console system runs with some sort of OS, which can be manipulated in some way. Could it potentially be possible to take a used 360, crack it and let it run on the computer while only using its own hardware, but still be a part of the computer? Because if that's possible, I can imagine a TON of new custom home media options becomes viable, with for example the computer-integrated superdesk being one of them, unifying the console and PC, and eventually upgrading it with additional hardware from both Sony and Nintendo. Frapsing material would also be easier, since it's "streamed" through the PC so it's frapsable, but still running on the console, so it won't take up extra performance power. It's sort of a madman concept, but it could also be applied to studio usage, hard-wiring a, let's say, Steinberg CI2 or even an Axe-FX ultra into the mainframe of a computer, and letting it run off of the same PSU (with extra circuitry involved, to make up for eventual differences in R-I-U to avoid frying). It would also clean up A LOT of workspace, since all external wiring is going internal. And since the tech can be made as powerful as desired based around the processor, it could possibly be extended and hooked up to a lot of screens in the house for streaming music, TV and games, since the mainframe also is hooked up with the consoles. TL;DR: Combining entertainment consoles or digital music equipment directly with PCs and hook it up to the entire house through local clouding; smart or just playing mad computer scientist?