A few words on why you should never, ever buy a $10,000 gold-plated Xbox One

Taking a page out of the Two Chainz guide to blinging the shit out of your shit, it seems world-famous London department store, Harrod's has begun to target financially misadvised rappers, oil oligarchs, and future Mega-Millions Jackpot winners with a special edition of Microsoft's next generation console. Yes, the inevitable has come to pass. Forget about the Xbox One Day One edition's chromed-out controller D-pad and black cardboard box; that special edition can't hold a candle to the $10,000 gold plated Xbox One offered by the UK luxury department store. Man, just imagine having that glistening console sitting in your living room. Actually, wait. No. Don't imagine that because owning one of these is probably the worst idea ever.

I own an Xbox One (Day One, WHAT!), and I'm totally loving it. Playing games, watching Netflix, and browsing with the Kinect is totally enjoyable. But you know what I didn't enjoy? Lugging that beast around in any way, shape, or form. The XBOne is one of the biggest, heaviest, and awkward to carry consoles to ever exist (not like the Gamecube and its handy carrying handle). So, what's it going to be like with shiny sheets of one of the heaviest metals on the periodic table grafted to the sides? I can just imagine that sucker busting through my glass-shelved entertainment center or at the very least, pinching my fingers real bad during setup.

Then there's the fact that this early in the console's production cycle, the gold plated system is one of the first Xbox Ones to get off the factory line. And you know what that means. Yeah, you're probably going to have some problems with it. For instance, there have been several reports of disc drives eating game discs, which would result in you having to fix the Xbox One disc drive by banging on the bottom. If this situation were to happen to you, are you really going to be slamming your fist on a $10,000 console? Do you think your pathetic fist-slammings could actually get past that kind of armor? And good luck getting any technical support from Microsoft. Dipping your Xbox One in gold definitely isn't covered in the warranty.

But forget the mechanical problems with the disc drives, another issue is gold is one of the most conductive materials on earth. So, with all that heat that the Xbox would be pushing out, I'm pretty sure some of that thermal energy will be coming through that metal. But, you know, that could really be a good thing or a bad thing. On one hand, the radiating heat can have your One working as both an entertainment center and space heater. On the other, the gold will probably melt right off the console, scald nearby children, or just incinerate the CPU.

Most importantly, despite all of the other (highly) probable console catastrophes that could happen, and the fact that you're gold Xbox would probably act as the conduit through which your can-afford-a-$10,000-console bank account would get hacked, you may find an even more grave fate befall you. And that is: having a gold plated Xbox One sitting in your living room really just makes you look like a douche.


  • AqueousBoy - December 17, 2013 1:21 p.m.

    Gold plating is not heavy, and the heat conductivity of the plating would be so minimal that it would barely have an effect. Not to mention - there's no way there's $9,500 worth of gold on a gold plated Xbox One.
  • RedHarlow - December 17, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    The current price of gold is $1,232 per ounce, so at $9,500 that would only be 7.7 ounces of gold.
  • LEGOMatrix - December 17, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Gold plating is so thin you could probably gold plate a bus with 7.7 oz!
  • JustAnotherRogueAI - December 17, 2013 12:22 p.m.

    I can see it now: "XBox One sales total $10k more than PS4, according to recent Microsoft press releases."
  • db1331 - December 17, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    The chief deterrent for purchasing this for me is that it's an Xbox One.
  • pl4y4h - December 17, 2013 9:04 a.m.

    I found three reasons already just in the title
  • rxb - December 17, 2013 6:09 a.m.

    Do you get xbox live gold for free?
  • GR_AndyHartup - December 17, 2013 6:57 a.m.

    Haha - good joke. Also, in all seriousness, probably not...
  • runner - December 17, 2013 5 a.m.

    Whoever that gonna pay for this kind of stuff isn't going to play it anyway.
  • SnakeinmyBoot - December 17, 2013 7 p.m.

    I thought they'd buy it to watch tv.
  • shawksta - December 16, 2013 10:28 p.m.

    HMMMMMMMMMMMMmmm Its reminding me that i need to complete my Zelda Gold Edition accessories.
  • Eightboll812 - December 16, 2013 9:21 p.m.

    I saw an Ebay auction where some guy painted a PS4 silver. I never watched to see if it sold, but it actually looked pretty good.
  • universaltofu - December 16, 2013 7:24 p.m.

    Speak for yourself, I'll buy two and throw one away, and there in the trash it will sit, amongst the garbage, and other consoles plated in precious metals, the platinum ps4, the beryllium gamecube, the bullion dreamcast.
  • -Saatkvss- - December 16, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    heres hoping ms continues producing quality limited edition consoles, like my beloved re5 blood red console (4 years and going strong, and 1000's of hours, to be sure). but this gold plated monstrosity is an embarrassment.
  • Eightboll812 - December 16, 2013 9:19 p.m.

    They could have a line of limited edition consoles that look like a: - Betamax - Laserdisk player - DirecTV set-top box - TiVo Series 2 - IBM PC AT Think about it. It could be a retro extravaganza.
  • g1rldraco7 - December 16, 2013 6:34 p.m.

    Who ever buys that obviously is very spoiled gamer poser :P
  • Sy87 - December 16, 2013 6:33 p.m.

    Exactly my thoughts. That would be one of the stupidest customization options. Just get a regular one and create a badass setup for it. Or just buy another car.
  • P0ck3tC1am - December 16, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    Well they got to make up for them sales some how.
  • Vonter - December 16, 2013 9:04 p.m.


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