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I just recently got a 360 and a wii, and am now realizing that current-gen systems run hot, far hotter than their predecessors. Hot enough to cause me some concern with them being placed where their predecessors resided.
My setup is a TV stand with a opening wide enough for a gamecube and a xbox to sit side by side with an inch between their sides, each other, and the sides of the opening. It is tall enough for the gamecube's tray to open fully (sans GBA-Player).
I am now looking at the Wii (with Wavebird plugins) and the 360 lying on it's side in the console, after rearranging (aka pulling out the xbox original and the GC). The 360 is in it's sideways configuration, as is the wii, as it cannot stand upright with the wavebird plugs. Due to the reduced width of the 360 compared to the original xbox, and the increased width of the wii in comparison to the gamecube, again there is roughly 1 inch between the consoles and the sides of the cabinet. There is, however, enough room to put another hypothetical 360 on top of the current 360.
As an aside, you may be wondering where the PS2 is in this setup. It has been mounted to the side of the cabinet, vertically. It has endured this way for a year and a half, with no problems whatsoever. Slimlines are nicely built.
Now, I am concerned due to the heightened heat generation, and wondering if it is safe/sane to keep these two consoles in this environment. There are alternative options available, ranging from placing the wii on top of the 360 (therefore giving the side vents considerably more breathing space), to entirely removing one of the two consoles and setting it on a side cabinet (I simply wish there was greater powercord length on either end of the box).
The cabinets and tv stand are wood. I make do with what I have.
TL/DR: 360/Wii run hot, what's a reasonably sized area to place them in?