Friday, November 25

The first Xbox turns 20

It has been 20 years since the photo that illustrates the cover of this article was taken. That memorable moment in which Dwayne Johnson takes the stage accompanying Bill Gates to present what will be Microsoft’s first console: the original xbox. The platform would go on to launch on November 15, 2001, and would become the most powerful of the generation above PS2 or GameCube. It will reach 24 million units sold (16 million in the United States, 6 in Europe and 2 in the Asian market), and will represent the first step of the Redmond firm in the world of video games.

Xbox, a console at the height of The Rock

Back then the WWE wrestler who hadn’t yet gone on to become the movie star we know today, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, is about to present with the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, the company’s first Xbox console. A surreal as well as fun staging where both, in addition to following the script to the letter, made it clear to us that this original Xbox was coming to define “the future of video games.”

“The Xbox is everything The Rock is”Johnson began by pointing, without missing a beat. “Avant-garde, powerful, exhilarating, and like The Rock, it will be the most electrifying thing to come out this year. What The Rock is to sports entertainment in the WWF, the Xbox will be to the video game industry: a breakthrough and certainly an original one. The Rock isn’t easily impressed, you know, Bill. But I’m quite impressed with what we’re witnessing here today. “

“The Xbox is everything The Rock is”

And The Rock did not deceive us: the original Xbox managed to stand out in the market. The project began its journey as DirectX-box, alluding to the use of DirectX on a console. Under the direction of Kevin Bachus and Seamus Blackley, accompanied by the Ed Fries production, the name took shape until it ended up betting on that “Xbox” with a recognizable “X” that has become part of the iconography of the world of gaming. video game.

its x86 architecture it accommodated a 32-bit processor, based on the Pentium III design, which gave users a 733 MHz speed and 64 MB of RAM at 200MHz speed. Also, as a novelty, this first Xbox already offered an 8GB hard drive of capacity – later models offered 10GB discs -, where the players kept the games and the content of Xbox Live – the online service will be added months later to the system after its debut -. It also included USB ports and an Ethernet port to connect to the network.

Xbox’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

The legacy of the X console lives on thanks to its backward compatibility, but also to the long history that it continues to enjoy with later models and versions. From Microsoft they have planned celebrate today, November 15 at 8:00 p.m. (Spanish peninsular time) an event to blow out the candles with all the players. It will be carried out through a broadcast that can be seen from YouTube, Twitch and Facebook. This anniversary coincides with that of the saga Halo, which thanks to accompanying Xbox in its first steps became one of the most emblematic franchises of this system. You can know all the details of today’s event at our article.

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