What is Xbox?
For years Sony dominated the console gaming market with its PlayStation gaming console. But 2001 marked Microsoft’s big foray into the market with the release of the first Xbox. Sleek and with original gaming titles that can rival Sony’s PlayStation, Xbox One has sold over 41 million units since 2013.
The main draw-out for the first-generation Xbox is the launch title Halo. Although Microsoft is not primarily known as a game publisher, it has in the past, produced PC titles such as Age of Empires. At the time, the Xbox came as a recognition for the future revenue potential of developing their own console for games that used to run on the PC.
The console architecture and design philosophy marked Microsoft’s focus on optimizing gaming on a smaller machine compared to a desktop personal computer. The console featured a sleek box measuring 320 × 100 × 260 mm. Its wired console echoed a focus on ergonomics with its protruding handles and curved shape. Connectable to a television unit via a wired AV cable, the Xbox throughout its evolution fostered an emphasis on wireless controllers and other enhanced features.
In 2002, Microsoft pioneered the Xbox Live an online gaming subscription service which allowed Xbox players to play multiplayer games online. Whereas Sony opted to release console versions in numerical order, the Xbox had an unconventional version numbering system. Among the many versions are the main: Xbox, Xbox 360 S, Xbox 360 E, Xbox One S and Xbox One X.