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Ben Heck Ruggedized PS3 Is Ready to Go to War

by Lambert Varias
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Out of all the things that he’s known for in the gadget world, modder Ben Heck is most famous for his unique specialty – making portable versions of current video game consoles. His latest portable console was made for a couple that’s currently serving in the US Army in Afghanistan, and that’s why Ben Heck made sure that the mod would be as tough as its owners.

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The “ruggedized” PS3 is encased in a Pelican Storm case. There’s a built-in 22″ LCD, speakers, a TV tuner, network switcher and even space for storage.

Watch Ben Heck’s online show for more info on how he built the mod. Here’s where it gets interesting though: Engadget says that the couple who commissioned the mod have started their own console modding company, Rugged Outdoor Gaming Units, Etc (R.O.G.U.E.). R.O.G.U.E. will sell PeliStations, which are – guess what – PS3s encased in Pelican cases, much like the mod that they ordered. One hopes that they asked for Ben Heck’s blessing before founding a business based on his creation.

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