Microsoft launched its first console, the original Xbox, back on November 15, 2001 – 20 years ago today. This was the home-market US launch – gamers in the rest of the world would have to wait until Q1 2002 to get their mitts on this hulking console. Like current-gen Xbox consoles the first one was built around x86 hardware, comprising a Pentium III CPU @733MHz, but pixels were accelerated by an Nvidia GeForce 3-based NV2A GPU running at up to 233MHz.
Over the course of its shelf life, the original Xbox sold nearly 25 million units, but was outsold by the Sony PlayStation 2 by a factor of 4-to-1 or better. Current-gen Xbox gamers can still play “thousands of Original Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One games” now, thanks to Microsoft’s thoughtful Xbox Backward Compatible games program.
PCs and components
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