Microsoft Xbox

The original Xbox was released in 2001 as part of the 6th generation of games consoles competing with Sony’s PlayStation 2, Sega’s Dreamcast and Nintendo’s GameCube. It was Microsoft’s first foray into the gaming console market. The Xbox sold poorly in Japan due to its large console size games marketed towards American audiences as opposed to Japanese-developed titles. This trend continues to this day with Microsoft consoles selling rather poorly in the Japanese market. The system eventually outsold the GameCube and the Sega Dreamcast, but was vastly outsold by the PS2.

The Xbox was graphically powerful compared to its rivals, as it’s hardware was based on standard desktop components such as the DVD-ROM and hard drive, this contributed to much of the Xbox’s weight and bulk. The console had a manufacturing price far more expensive than its retail price.
The Xbox was also the first console to feature a built-in hard disk. This eliminated the need for separate memory cards.

The Xbox was the first console to support a broadband Ethernet port, and it paved the way for Xbox Live, Microsoft’s subscription-based online gaming service ‘Xbox Live’ which enabled subscribers to download new content and connect with other players through a broadband connection. In its first week of operation, Xbox Live received 100,000 subscriptions, and further grew to 250,000 subscribers within two months of the service’s launch.

The popularity of blockbuster titles such as the Halo series contributed to the popularity of online console gaming, and in particular first-person shooters.

The original bundled Xbox controller, named the ‘Duke’ features two analog sticks, a pressure-sensitive directional pad, two analog triggers, a Back button, a Start button, two accessory slots and six 8-bit analog action buttons. The controller has been criticised for being bulky compared to other video game controllers.
A smaller, lighter Xbox controller, was originally the standard Xbox controller only in Japan, The “Controller S”. It was later released in other territories by popular demand and by 2002 replaced the standard controller in the Xbox’s retail package, with the larger original controller remaining available as an accessory.

I never had an Xbox during its lifetime, I was firmly into my Playstation 2. It really is a beast of a machine and lives up to the box in its name, this thing is massive and weighs a ton. It really is a boring looking console when compared to its contemporaries, it looks more like a PC tower rather than a console, however it plays into the image of a serious machine. A moulded “X” extends across the top of the system, with a green logo in the centre, which really stands out against the black shell of the console.

I have the “S” controller and its a nice one sure, but it is not a patch on the PS2 or the Dreamcast pad in my opinion. I do however like it better than the Gamecube controller. The pad feels nice in the hand but the placement of the black and white buttons placement feels awkward to press.

Price paid – £4.99

Owned Games –

  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Call Of Duty: Big Red One
  • Call Of Duty: Finest Hour
  • Celebrity Deathmatch
  • Conflict: Desert Storm II
  • Conflict: Vietnam
  • Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath Of Cortex
  • Dark Angel
  • Dead Or Alive 3
  • Fable
  • Full Spectrun Warrior
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Gun
  • Halo : Combat Evolved
  • Halo 2
  • Hulk
  • James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing
  • Just Cause
  • Knights Of The Temple: Infernal Crusade
  • Legacy of Kain: Defiance
  • Leisure Suit Larry
  • Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
  • Mechassault
  • Medal Of Honor: Frontline
  • Mojo
  • Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
  • Myst III : Exile
  • Outrun 2
  • Project Gotham Racing
  • Project Gotham Racing 2
  • Quake 4
  • Quake Wars: Enemy Territory
  • Rainbow Six 3
  • Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havock
  • Red Dead Revolver
  • Second Sight
  • Serious Sam
  • Sonic Heroes
  • Sonic Mega Collection Plus
  • Splinter Cell
  • Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
  • Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
  • Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
  • Swat: Global Strike Team
  • The Godfather
  • The Punisher
  • The Simpsons: Hit and Run
  • Timesplitters: Future Perfect
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon
  • True Crime: Streets of LA
  • Urban Chaos: Riot Response
  • XIII
  • Godzilla