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Xbox Video Game Console

Microsoft’s Video Game System delivered games that blurred the lines between fantasy and reality.

  • Four game controller ports
  • front-loading DVD tray
  • multi-signal AV connector
  • Ethernet port
  • NVIDIA graphics processing unit
  • Intel 733MHz processor
  • internal hard drive

The product was already well into high-volume manufacture when Mechanistic became involved. The primary design goals were cost reduction and manufacturability improvements. It was necessary to design within existing constraints and implement design improvements and performance enhancements incrementally.

Working under contract to Microsoft Corporation, interfacing directly with the Mountain View Design Center, Mechanistic provided general engineering support. By working with the Pro/ENGINEER production database, Mechanistic created multiple parallel databases, each exploring different redesign and optimization scenarios. After careful review, a number of high-value design fixes were chosen and implemented in production.