A 2015 report by the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) found that more than 150 million Americans play video games, a large number of which play for more than three hours per day. It could therefore be said that gaming has become a way of life in the modern age—an alternative virtual life separate from reality. And one of the biggest gaming consoles is Microsoft’s XBOX.
Since the launch of the original XBOX in November 2001, Microsoft has sold over 100 million units of the XBOX, XBOX 360, and XBOX One consoles worldwide. To put that into perspective, that’s nearly a third of the population of the United States. With so many people getting lost in the XBOX world for hours a day, you’d think that there would be nothing that people don’t know about the console. But this might not be the case. XBOX has a long and complex history, and the road to being one of the major gaming consoles in the world wasn’t as smooth as you might expect.
Here’s the list of the 10 things you didn’t know about Microsoft’s XBOX.
10 The XBOX was originally literally an X-shaped BOX
9 XBOX was pitched to Sony as a partnership
8 Microsoft lost $125 on each console sold when it first came out
7 Kinect technology was created by members of the Israeli military
6 Microsoft made a gaming console before XBOX
5 The XBOX logo is green because that was the only color available
4 54% of XBOX 360s got “The Red Ring of Death”
3 Microsoft v. MikeRoweSoft.com
2 XBOX was almost called MARC
1 Japan hates XBOX
Japan has one of the biggest gaming cultures in the world, which makes XBOX’s failure in the country a bit puzzling. Since their inaugural year, XBOX has failed to leave a mark on the Japanese gaming market, and their struggles only got worse as they came out with new consoles. Records indicate that the XBOX One was an all-time low for the company in Japan, at one point selling just over 100 consoles in a week compared to Sony PlayStation 4’s 15,000! XBOX’s failure in Japan likely has something to do with the fact that it’s backed by an American company, whereas Wii and PlayStation have their roots in Japan.
Sources: theesa.com, techeblog.com, moviepilot.com, ign.com
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