The Xbox was released on November 15 2001 in US, February 22, 2002 in Japan, and March 14, 2002 in Europe and Australia. Xbox is the first-step of the software giant Microsoft to enter the industry of gaming. It is the console that competes with some of the gaming giants namely, Sony with its Playstation, Sega with Saturn, and Nintendo’s GameCube.
With the help of their best-selling game called Halo, Microsoft was successful in dominating the industry that Nintendo, Sega, and PlayStation were holding for years. I personally think that Microsoft owes a lot to Halo, because it will be very hard for them to knock the game console kings if they don’t have this excellent game, which allows the players to compete with each other using the Xbox Live.
Xbox became very popular among gamers because it has the features that no gaming console could match during that time. With unlimited resources from its mother company, Xbox used billions of dollars for advertising and quickly rise to the top and even caused one of the game console pioneers to pull out, Sega. This is the start of the pierce competition between three of the top game consoles today.
This console is the first ever to use the Dolby Interactive Content-Encoding Technology that encodes game consoles in real-time to use the Dolby Digital codes. Compared to its competitors, Xbox is much larger and heavier because it uses PC hardware commodities, which enables the console to provide better gaming experience.
When Sony released PlayStation 3 and Nintendo with Wii, Microsoft continues to compete with them by releasing Xbox 360. These consoles are matched when it comes to features, but Microsoft was able to pull a fraction of the market by focusing on first-person shooting games. PlayStation is known for role-playing games, while Nintendo Wii focused on casual gamers and family-friendly games.