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 first discontinued in 2006 in Japan, later in 2007 in Europe, then in 2009 in the USA.
Xbox console with "Controller S"
|Type||Home video game console|
|Units sold||24+ million (as of May 10, 2006)|
|Media||DVD, CD, digital distribution|
|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)|
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.
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?]
- O'Brien, Jeffrey M. (November 2011). "The Making of the Xbox". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
- "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.
- Morris, Chris (May 9, 2006). "Grand Theft Auto, Halo 3 headed to Xbox 360". CNN. Retrieved July 16, 2008.