A short history of Xbox

Firstly some details about the Origins of XBOX

The idea that Microsoft should create its own gaming console first gained popularity in 1998. It started when Kevin Bachus, Seamus Blackley, Otto Berkes and Ted Hase formed the company’s first console team, after convincing Bill Gates to support their concept. The engineers designed and constructed the console, also known as the DirectX Box, as the first made like a PC. Consequently, it brought the capability of a gaming PC to the console industry.

A short history of Xbox

The system would be powered by Windows 2000 and boast more than twice the processing power of the market-leading PlayStation 2. This made it simple for PC software companies to operate inside the console’s design. Finally, the business got one of the last things it needed for the product, a memorable name. Focus groups approved the label, despite marketing fears that the shortened “Xbox” would not grip the public imagination. They were wrong. In the US today, Xbox has a market share of 50.18%, compared to PlayStation’s 49.8%.

Integration of Xbox Live

Xbox originally suffered from proprietary software disadvantages, unlike rivals Nintendo and Sony. Nonetheless, it offered superior technology and performance. Luckily, in 2002, Microsoft launched the Xbox Live online gaming network, enabling players to take part in online contests. Today, Xbox Live has almost two million subscribers. It remains one of the console’s most popular features.

The beta testing phase of Microsoft’s long-rumoured gaming network started in August 2002. However, the system did not go live until November, when Microsoft released the Xbox Live Starter Kit. This exposed early adopters to a multiplayer gameplay experience that was totally new to the console market. Excitingly, it pitted rivals from all over the world against one another in a social setting. Xbox Live finally made it possible to get new content, advance multiplayer activity and communicate with friends (and complete strangers!)

The launch of Xbox Live saw over 150,000 customers signing up within the first week. Furthermore, those numbers continued to rise exponentially.

Xbox Live was introduced on Xbox’s first birthday. It was arguably the most significant event in the development of the system. What’s more, this took place alongside the rapid elevation of Microsoft’s position in the video game industry.

The Xbox Series

Microsoft introduced the Xbox 360, its second system, in 2005. As of October 2021, it has sold 86 million units. The third generation Xbox One hit the stores in November 2013 and has since racked up 51 million sales. Xbox Series X and Series S, the fourth generation of Microsoft’s consoles, introduced themselves in November 2020.

The Xbox Series S and Series X have significant improvements compared to their predecessors. The greatest improvement is how its games look. Microsoft claims the Series X runs games at 60fps at native 4K resolution. Meanwhile, the Series S will do the same, albeit at a lesser 1440p resolution. The graphics capacity makes the Series S similar to the Xbox One and One X. It represents a significant power difference between the two, although Microsoft released the two consoles simultaneously, rather than years apart.

Series S

The Xbox Series S offers great value, while still allowing access to the next generation of games. Arguably, anyone who primarily uses Xbox Game Pass — a subscription service giving users access to a variety of old and new game — probably won’t miss the disc drive. Moreover, the Series S is a very cost-effective option for smaller children. The cheaper console and monthly subscriptions still provide more games than a kid can play, without having to keep buying new ones.

Series X

The Xbox Series X is frequently worth paying the additional price because it has superior graphics, larger storage, and a disc drive. It’s seriously worth considering if you own a 4K TV, especially one with high-end capabilities like 120 Hz and a variable refresh rate. You will probably come across games that can benefit from the Xbox Series X’s superior graphics performance over the Series S. Finally, the Series X drive has more internal storage. It has almost twice as much capacity as the Series S, although both consoles feature amazingly fast storage, to reduce boot-up and load times.


The release of the Xbox heralds the start of genuine digital convergence and the general recognition of video games. It is now top-tier form of entertainment, on par with television and cinema. The Xbox is the first successful digital hub device after years of failures, thanks to its widespread support for PC gaming. Furthermore, it also supports digital music, photographs, videos, and television shows, as well as CDs and DVDs. Arguably, Xbox offers gamers the best video experience on the planet thanks to a seamless fusion of gorgeous software and hardware. For more information, visit gamestop.ie/xboxseries.

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