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Flashback Friday: Introducing the Original Xbox

by Sean P. Aune | June 21, 2013June 21, 2013 11:30 pm PST

Flashback FridayWith E3 2013 done and dusted, why don’t we take a look back at the original Xbox being unveiled at… CES?

While the Xbox One left people screaming about Microsoft not understanding gaming due to all of the restrictions it put on the upcoming console Рwhich have now been reversed Рthere was a time that was even a little odder in the history of the Xbox consoles.

When Microsoft, a company mainly known for its software, decided to jump into the gaming realm, it decided to unveil the console at the show it was most comfortable at, CES in Las Vegas. It’s not exactly a venue known for gaming news, but when you’re a fledgling in the industry, it may be better to stick with an audience you know how to work.

It all worked out in the end for Microsoft, but what a very odd start.

No, I’m not going to try to explain Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson being in attendance. Just let that soak in so you can keep a mental image in your head of The Rock sharing space with Bill Gates. I think he later bench pressed him in the green room.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...