What can I do with the Xbox Series S hardware besides gaming and proprietary video streaming?



  • The toddlers only love Mario and their Nintendo Switch, they don't touch the Xbox Series S at all. The interest is totally missing.

    Now I thought I'd use the hardware for other purposes. With total shock I found out that Linux cannot be installed on it. So of course different use cases are very limited.

    Do you have any creative ideas for what I can use the Xbox Series S hardware for? Are there any exciting projects from the do-it-yourself corner?

    With a web search, the only alternative use-case I find is the Media Center. However, I try to avoid DRM as much as possible and therefore have no Netflix and Co subscription.



  • The only purpose of GAMING consoles is to play GAMES, and console manufacturers try to prove that point by heavily restricting what you can do with the hardware.

    Sometimes, those consoles can be designed to have multiple uses, but again, only whatever is approved by the manufacturer can go.

    The only way you can remove these restrictions is by homebrewing these consoles, so it can run unsigned code and thus make it usable for whatever purpose you want.

    However, unlike Nintendo consoles, Xboxes have pretty good security, and as such nobody has found a way to install homebrew even to the Xbox 360 which is more than 10 years old without tinkering with the hardware. I'd doubt that the security was loosened since then.

    However, homebrewing was not intended. By doing that, you run a risk of your consoles getting banned from online services by the manufacturers.




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