The Xbox was Microsoft’s original video gaming console. Released in November of 2001 in North America, the Xbox name has since developed into a brand that represents Microsoft’s gaming efforts.
Conceived and built by four engineers from the Microsoft DirectX team, the goal of the original Xbox was to lure developers towards a console owned and operated by Microsoft. Up to and during development, Sony had began to capture astonishing amounts of attention from game developers all around the world with news of an updated Playstation. Xbox was Microsoft’s answer to the problem.
The original Xbox sold more than 25 million units, and allowed gameplay via DVD, CD, or download. The console featured an internal 8 or 10 GB hard drive, an 8 MB memory card, 233 MHz nVidia NV2A graphics processing unit, 64 MB of DDR SDRAM, and 4 Xbox controller ports. The console also offered online services via Xbox Live.
Interestingly, the Xbox featured a number of iconic games, none more iconic than ‘Halo: Combat Evolved’. This original game was a best-seller, but the sequel to this game ‘Halo 2’ turned out to be the best selling Xbox game worldwide.
The original Xbox was succeeded by the Xbox 360.