Xbox (console)

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Xbox
Xbox console with "Controller S"
Xbox console with "Controller S"
Developer Microsoft
Manufacturer Flextronics[1]
Product family Xbox
Type Home video game console
Generation Sixth generation
Release date
  • NA: November 15, 2001
  • JP: February 22, 2002
  • AU: March 14, 2002
  • EU: March 14, 2002
Retail availability 2001–2009
Discontinued
  • JP: June 4, 2006
  • EU: March 11, 2007
  • NA: March 2, 2009
Units sold 24+ million (as of May 10, 2006)[2]
Media DVD, CD, digital distribution
Operating system Custom
CPU Custom 733 MHz Intel Pentium III "Coppermine-based" processor
Memory 64 MB of DDR SDRAM @ 200 MHz
Storage 8 or 10 GB internal hard drive (formatted to 8 GB with allotted system reserve and MS Dash), 8 MB memory card
Graphics 233 MHz nVidia NV2A
Controller input 4× Xbox controller ports (proprietary USB interface), (Wireless controllers not supported directly - third-party wireless controllers require a wired base unit)
Connectivity 100 Mbit Ethernet
Online services Xbox Live
Best-selling game Halo 2, 8.46 million (as of November 2008)[3]
Successor Xbox 360

The Xbox is a video game console (a machine that plays video games and DVDS). It was made by Microsoft from November 2001 to October 2005. A person plays the games with a controller. The controllers were very large in the beginning, but were made smaller later. The Xbox video game console can play music, DVDs, and games. Microsoft discontinued the Xbox because they made the next version of the Xbox, the Xbox 360. The Xbox was discontinued in 2009

History[change | change source]

In 1998, four engineers from Microsoft's DirectX team, Kevin Bachus, Seamus Blackley, Ted Hase and DirectX team leader Otto Berkes, took apart some Dell laptop computers to construct a prototype Microsoft Windows-based video game console. The team hoped to create a console to compete with Sony's upcoming PlayStation 2.

During development, the original DirectXbox name was shortened to Xbox. Microsoft's marketing department did not like the Xbox name, and suggested many alternatives.

Launch[change | change source]

Xbox was the first video game console by Microsoft. It was a very large video game console, and it had a cost of $299.99 in the United States. It was launched one year after the PlayStation 2 and at the same time as the Nintendo GameCube. Halo was the first very popular game for the Xbox.[source?]

References[change | change source]

  1. O'Brien, Jeffrey M. (November 2011). "The Making of the Xbox". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  2. "Gamers Catch Their Breath as Xbox 360 and Xbox Live Reinvent Next-Generation Gaming". Microsoft. May 10, 2006. Archived from the original on June 21, 2008. Retrieved March 30, 2009. 
  3. Morris, Chris (May 9, 2006). "Grand Theft Auto, Halo 3 headed to Xbox 360". CNN. Retrieved July 16, 2008.