This Day in Video Game History – November 15th, 2001 – Microsoft’s Xbox Console Released

In a market that mainly saw success from Sega, Nintendo, and Sony, it was fifteen years ago that Microsoft’s first home video game console was released.


The original Xbox had a distinct X-shaped design and green circle. Courtesy: Microsoft

The Xbox was developed and released my Microsoft in United States on November 15th, 2001. The system was made to compete with Sega’s Dreamcast, Sony’s Playstation 2, and Nintendo’s GameCube.

The Xbox featured higher-quality graphics the top-selling Playstation 2 or Dreamcast, and was equivelant to the GameCube. It featured a built-in hard drive, an emphasis on online connections and gaming, and four controller ports. The original controller, which some called the Duke, was a large controller with two analog sticks positioned diagnoally across for each other. A smaller, Controller S, was released later in the system’s life. One notable feature supported by some games was the ability to use your own music during gameplay.

Despite the spotty history of recent American-produced consoles like the Atari Jaguar and 3D0, the Xbox was a success in America. It included some notable exclusives like Halo and Fable, along with a variety of third-party titles ranging from EA’s Madden to Sega’s Sonic, to the very popular Grand Theft Auto series and more. Over 24 million systems were sold over the system’s first 5 years.

The success of the Xbox led to the successor systems, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.


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