In the dying days of Sega’s Dreamcast a new console was taking shape that would change the gaming landscape in fundamental ways, both introducing new concepts and a new competitor to the scene. An industry long ruled from Japan, Microsoft’s Xbox console was not only a shot across the bow from America but also represented the first genuine merging of the PC gaming world and home console gaming markets.
The Original Xbox Logo
Of course, the Xbox wasn’t Microsoft’s first foray into the world of video games, nor was it the last, but it was the first major home console from an American manufacturer since Atari. Armed with Microsoft’s technical knowhow, connections, and war chest of funds, the Xbox was slated to make a huge impact when it released to markets in November 2001 and make an impact it did.
It was an impressive piece of kit for the time – easily the most powerful home console on the market – and its competition, in the form of the PlayStation 2, was not only popular but history making, going on to become the best-selling home console of all time.
Xbox 360
That didn’t stop Microsoft’s experiment and the original was successful enough to warrant a follow up in the Xbox 360, a machine that gave the PlayStation 3 a run for its money and which cemented Microsoft’s position in the home console market for years to come.
The origins of the Xbox start all the way back in the 1980s if you’re really looking into Microsoft’s history with the gaming world. Back then, in Japan, the company released a console called the MSX, a proposed standardized format for computer gaming backed by Microsoft and manufactured by other companies, Sony among them.
Similar to the later failed 3DO system business plan in terms of market execution, the MSX