Xbox History and Origins

Xbox History and Origins Review

The Historical Growth of the Gaming Superpower

By SCBiz

If you’re a parent or grandparent who is being asked to spend $400.00 plus for an Xbox one console or 1TB Xbox one bundle, you’re probably asking the question, “What exactly is the Xbox One, and how did it become so popular?” Well, you’ve come to the right place. Let us explore the history behind the evolution of Microsoft’s Xbox One console or gaming system and the wide variety of Xbox One games. We’re talking about a gaming system that in 10 short years went from selling 1 million copies to over 108 million copies. That is phenominal growth.

The Gaming Community

That means that it is not just your son or daughter who plays, or wants to play, an Xbox One game, but an extremely large number of adults as well. Collectively, these players are known as gamers.  According to Wikipedia, A “gamer” is someone who plays interactive games, such as video games or tabletop games. The term also includes people who work on methods to gamify technologies relevant to gameplay. This community has given rise to many new words in our vocabulary: Newbie; Casual Gamer; Core Gamer; Hardcore Gamer; Professional Gamer; Retro Gamer; Gamer Girl; and Gaymer. Other well know gaming terms are: avatar, clans, and guilds. More on what these terms mean can be found here…

The Early Games

If you’re old enough, you may vaguely remember a term like Atari. Moreover, it is quite likely that somewhere in the past you purchased a Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Playstation, or Game Boy, for someone, or played on one of these gaming consoles with someone in your family or a friend. If you did, then you either were a Gamer or you previously bought a gaming system. It might even surprise you to know that the first gaming system was developed by a German engineer as far back as 1967. Well, we’ve come a long way since then. Today, the two dominant names in the industry are Sony and Microsoft. Sony’s flagship gaming system is called PS4. The Microsoft industry leader is Xbox.

The Birth of Xbox

The first Xbox game was called, Halo: Combat Evolved, and it was acquired by Microsoft from games developer, Bungie, in 1999. Then, in May 2000, Microsoft founder and then CEO, Bill Gates, unveiled Xbox at the E3 Games Developer  Conference in Los Angeles. The rest, as they say, is history. In 2003, the first official year of Xbox distribution, Microsoft sold over 13 million copies. In 2005, Microsoft launched Xbox 360. The next year saw over 50 million downloads. In 2010, Microsoft upgraded once again. This time, the new model was called Xbox 360 S. Three years later Microsoft pioneered the Xbox One. Now, in 2015, Microsoft has taken Gaming to a new level with its introduction of the Xbox One 1TB. For a more detailed look at the history and evolution of the Xbox One, please refer to the infographic below.

Xbox One –

A Complete All-In-One Entertainment System

The first thing you should know as you shop for an Xbox One console is that the Xbox One is more than just a gaming system. The Xbox One 1TB is a complete all-in-one entertainment system. All of your home entertainment can flow through your Xbox One.

Xbox One Features

Here are the Main Features of Xbox One:

  • Watch the latest shows wherever you go with Xbox Video.
  • Stream millions of songs for free on the web or your favorite device
  • Quickly switch back-and-forth between apps, live TV, and games.
  • Receive multiplayer invites while watching live TV, Netflix, and Blu-ray movies
  • Play with friends, through Xbox Live Gold.
  • Get free games, and receive exclusive discounts
  • Enjoy your favorite apps like Youtube, Skype, Sling TV, Netflix, HuluPlus, NFL, HBO GO, and ESPN

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Xbox One Awards

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Xbox Timeline (Infographic)