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Install a Video Game Console Computer in Your Car

Video games are an extremely effective way of burning time on the road, and they’re an essential tool for enduring long-distance drives.

Unsurprisingly, many of the people who like to enhance their cars also enjoy playing video games. And even “soccer moms” and other unexpected car hobbyists enjoy the ability to placate their children with the backseat entertainment provided by a game console.

Installing a Game Console

PlayStation 2 units, Xboxes, and Nintendo GameCubes are all candidates for in-car installation. There are several considerations when installing these in the car:

Power

The car voltage needs to be converted and regulated to safely power these devices, and you need to make sure that they won’t stay on when the car is off and kill the battery, so they should be connected to auxiliary switched outlets. A simple way to power one of these devices is to use an inverter [Hack #11] and plug in the wall adapter that came with the unit. A better way is to find a 12V adapter designed for your specific video game unit, which should be available at any store that sells video game console accessories.


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