2016-08-24 / Features

History Of The Xbox

By Anmol Kumar

The Xbox is a video gaming brand created and owned by Microsoft. It has made a number consoles that all have been huge successes. Xbox provides ways of streaming and online gaming called Xbox Live. Before Xbox originally launched, it had some trouble getting its name into the public. Microsoft couldn’t even think of a catchy name for the console, calling it the DirectX Box. Eventually it was cut down to just Xbox, but the console still wasn’t catching any attention. Microsoft continued to promote the console in the gaming community, and their problems were solved when Microsoft first connected with Bungie Studios, the creators of the third-person shooter, Halo: Combat Evolved. Microsoft purchased Bungie for $30 million and made headlines in the gaming industry. This is when Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, knew it was time to release the Xbox to the public.
The original Xbox was released on November 15, 2001, retailing for $299, and was a huge success. It sold over one million consoles in three weeks. The major key of the Xbox’s success was Halo. Halo was breaking records selling over one million copies. The huge success the Xbox had in America could not be replicated in overseas nations. When Xbox released in Japan it only sold 120,000 consoles in three weeks. For the Xbox’s first anniversary Microsoft launched its online gaming service, Xbox Live. It allowed people to connect to their friends and introduced a new multiplayer gaming experience. 150,000 subscribed to Xbox Live in the first week and continued to grow showing there are successful years following. Years later with the Xbox on the decline, Halo 2 was released bringing Xbox a new sense of life. Halo 2 broke records having sales around $125 million, which at that time was the most sold entertainment product ever.
On May 12, 2005 the new era of Xbox was revealed to the public. The Xbox 360 was the next generation console. The Xbox 360 was released on November 22, 2005 in the US, and in Europe and Japan in the next month. The Xbox 360 nearly sold out everywhere besides Japan. Since the console was rushed to get released there were many problems with the early models, the biggest being the “Red Ring of Death.” It was caused by many problems in the software, but even with the problems the Xbox 360 had it still sold more than 39 million consoles. In 2009 and 2010 the Xbox 360 went through big changes. Microsoft released the Kinect in November, 2009. The Kinect allowed people to have motion and voice control over their Xbox 360. One year after the release of the Kinect, Microsoft released the Xbox 360 S on June 18, 2010. This was completely redesigned version of the Xbox 360. It was thinner, had upgraded internal specs, additional USB ports, and built-in WiFi.
On November 22, 2013 Microsoft released the Xbox One. The Xbox One focused on gameplay and allowed gamers to connect their satellite boxes to their consoles so they could watch live television through their Xbox Ones, marketing it as the all-in-one entertainment system. The console did have many negative responses on initial release. Microsoft required the Xbox One to have a Kinect plugged into the console which brought up many privacy issues and soon the Kinect wasn’t a requirement. There was also an issue on game sharing in which Microsoft didn’t allow people to share games or borrow other games. This brought up the problem of used games not being able to be sold and so Microsoft dropped the plan. Beside some negative issues with the console the Xbox One went on to become a huge success and a phenomenal console. The Xbox will continue to prosper and make gamers happy.

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