The original Xbox debuted 18 years ago on November 15, 2001. Competing with the Sony Playstation 2, no one could predict that we would be on the third / fourth generation of Xbox with Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X, still looking forward to. Project Scarlett, and wishing all the success in the world for that brand.
We will be back 18 years for the release of the original Xbox. November 15, 2001 was the launch day in North America. (Japan had to wait another week, while Europe and Australia waited another four months!). Microsoft was targeting the Xbox to compete with Sony's PlayStation 2, Nintendo's GameCube and Sega's Dreamcast.
Release titles for new consoles are not always interesting. However, the original Xbox had some must-have Halo games: Combat Evolved, Project Gotham Racing, and Dead or Alive 3. Needless to say, it was Halo who stole the show on its release day schedule, kicking off a series that would continue to win over players for decades to come.
Major Nelson celebrated the 18th anniversary of Xbox by tweeting a video from the famous original Xbox One home screen on Twitter:
– Larry Hryb @ # X019 @ (@majornelson) November 15, 2019
You can watch the original Xbox 2001 CES revelation during which Bill Gates introduced the console using the video embedded below:
Among other curiosities:
- Microsoft tried to put the DirectX system on some rival consoles, but as they did not accept, it preferred to make its own console.
- The Xbox was the only one to come with internal HD and focus on multimedia. Memory, Music, Xbox Live, and Settings.
- The Xbox was the first console in the United States to be released after the 1993 Atari Jaguar.
- It had 8 GB storage capacity, and could even load music CDs.
- On the original Xbox, the line of games of Panzer Dragoon Orta and Ninja Gaiden really solidified the loyalty of many to the Xbox brand.
- It was the most powerful console of the sixth generation, and the brand continues this legacy with Xbox 360 in the seventh generation and Xbox One X in the eighth generation.
- 24 million units were sold.
- The multiplayer focus was something that already drew attention at the time.
For 18 years, Microsoft has kept the Xbox brand, reinvigorating it with new console-only hardware and game upgrades.
As we await the unveiling and launch of Project Scarlett, Microsoft's next-generation console for 2020, it's good to look back and see how far Xbox hardware and software have come since 2001. It's the newbie, but it has resisted and won fans over time.
Congratulations, we are here today because of this moment! Thanks Bill Gates.
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