The Xbox (later referred to as Xbox Original) is Microsoft's very first entry in the video gaming console market and was released in 2001. It competed against the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2. It was succeeded by the Xbox 360.

Why It Rocks

  1. The Xbox was the number one video gaming console in America, since the Atari 2600.
  2. The Xbox revolutionized online gaming with Xbox Live, a fee based service released in 2002. It enabled gamers to download new content and unlike the other consoles from Sega and Sony, Xbox used an integrated Ethernet port. Xbox Live supported the original Xbox until 2010.
  3. It is the first console to include a built-in hard drive for save files.
  4. It introduced us to the Halo and Forza franchises.
  5. It was the most powerful console of its generation.
  6. Due to its power advantage, it has many console-exclusive games. Some games, such as the Splinter Cell series, had inferior versions made for Playstation 2 and Gamecube.
  7. Re-released many PlayStation 2, Dreamcast and GameCube games (such as the first two Fatal Frame games) and added extra content that those versions didn't have.
  8. Most multi-platform games run really well on the Xbox during that generation. Games like Black, which bring the competition to its limits, run effortlessly on Xbox.
  9. Around 969 games was released for the system.
  10. It was popular with the all-American gamers.
  11. Some commercials of this console were pretty funny such as the Life is Short (banned) commercial.
  12. Unlike the DualShock 2 controller, the controller has going all the way down triggers.

Bad Qualities

  1. The original controller for the system was too large for many gamers hands, which gained the controller nicknames such as "Fatty" and later the "Duke". The controller that replaced it was interestingly the standard controller for the Japanese market.
  2. Despite having many kid/family-friendly Xbox games, the console's focus was on hardcore adult gamers.
  3. There wasn't a "mascot character" associated with the console. Microsoft had Blinx: The Time Sweeper as an attempt to get a mascot but the franchise didn't last long.
  4. Many early Xbox consoles tend to break down easily.
  5. The console's dashboard has creepy sounds if you stay too long in the dashboard.
  6. Ever since Rareware was bought out by Microsoft, they published crappy remakes on the console.


While it lost to the PlayStation 2 by a huge margin, the Xbox sold a respectable 24 million units and was very popular in North America, enough to get a successor, the Xbox 360. Despite its popularity in the west however, it and the entirety of the Xbox brand for that matter, sold terribly in Japan.

The Xbox is considered the Atari of the 21st century.


  • To some extent, the Xbox can be considered the successor to the Sega Dreamcast, to the point that the console's hardware design was strongly inspired by the Dreamcast. In fact, Sega initially negotiated with Microsoft to make the Xbox backwards compatible with the Dreamcast. That didn't happen though, instead, the Xbox got many games that were intended to be made for the Dreamcast prior to its discontinuation. The Xbox controller also shares some similarities to the Dreamcast controller.