REWIND: The Original Xbox
November 15, 2001. This was the date that would change consoles forever. This was the date that the very first generation of the infamous Xbox was released. At its release, it was in competition with other consoles such as the Playstation 2, SEGA’s Dreamcast and Nintendo’s Gamecube. Having outlasted and outcompeted ⅔ consoles on that list, they must have been doing something right. Let’s go on a throwback trip with this blast from the past! Today we will be looking at the best games and features from the original xbox that put it on top of the competition and games from our childhood that’ll always have that special place in our hearts!
The absolute best feature that made the Xbox the Xbox was the DirectX, the graphics API that microsoft uses to bring this console on top of the mountain when it came to going against its competitors. Here’s a fun fact, the name Xbox actually came from “DirectX Box,” the console was intended to be the first game system built like a PC and bring flexibility and power of a gaming rig (PC) to the console market. Having came from Microsoft, this system ran on Windows 2000 which made it easy for traditional PC software developers to work with the console.
- Xbox Live
The Xbox Live service launched on November of 2002 and it allowed players to play games online with or without a broadband connection. It originally compete with Dreamcast’s online service but later primarily competed with PlayStation 2’s online service. Even though Xbox Live required a subscription whereas the Dreamcast and the PS2 is free, it was a success due to better servers and features. The servers were as stable as it could get and it featured a friends list that was one of a kind.
- Brought FPS to Life
Before this console was released, successful first person shooters such as Counter-Strike, Battlefield and Rainbow Six flourished on PCs while consoles prior to this one got stuck with half-baked ports and infrequent success. This console and Halo (the game below) made first person shooters a reality for users who grew up accustomed to a mouse and a keyboard. Not only did this system allow users to be comfortable with using joysticks, but the at-the-time amazing graphics made the transition a lot easier.
It would literally be ludicrous to not give Bungie’s Halo the number one reason that Xbox took off in the way it did. The game was released on the same day as the Xbox’s release and was announced about 2 years prior. This series is and always has been exclusive to the Xbox and is currently the best seller for the Original Xbox with games such as Call of Duty not yet on the scene. Do I even have to explain to you guys what Halo is? It is one of the most if not the most successful first person shooter (FPS) games in history. Halo to this day is still running strong considering they have a 2.5 Million Dollar Tournament that was just announced recently.
- Grand Theft Auto
Though it was not an Xbox exclusive, Grand Theft Auto, was a game that every 10 year old wanted to have, wanted to play, and looking back, has played. It was the first time in video gaming’s young history where the player is in a free world who virtually has the ability to do whatever he or she wants. Personally my favorite GTA was San Andreas because in my opinion had better graphics and an all around gameplay compared to the likes of Vice City. From the 8 pages of cheat codes, to missions to free roam, it was perfect. Grand Theft Auto will be a game that lives on forever, and no not through its newer versions, but through the memories of our childhoods.
This life changing console that affected millions around the world definitely deserves a 10/10 rating. I hope you enjoyed my blog: REWIND Xbox Original Edition! Anyways, that’s it for me, if you have any comments, thoughts or concerns tag us on your favorite social media outlet on @ThePioPress and if you wish to contact me personally reach out to me on twitter on @Denial_Xplosive. Press on Pios!