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Flashback Friday: Xbox

by Sean P. Aune | November 22, 2013November 22, 2013 11:30 pm PST

In 2001 a new player entered the video game arena, and no one was quite sure what Microsoft would bring to the table, but it appears to be here to stay.

Just as with Sony in the 1990s, I think many people were surprised when Microsoft announced it would be launching its own console. It was definitely a company that had the money to back its play, but when you’re best known for being a stuffy company that deals in operating systems and office software, what could you possibly know about video game culture?

It really didn’t matter. The Xbox took off and continues to be a household name. A lot of the credit for its success could definitely be attributed to¬†Halo, and while I can remember some of my friends referring to the original Xbox as “a Halo adapter for your TV,” it has become much more than that over the years.

Will the Xbox One succeed? I have no doubt that it will. But as you sit down with your shiny new console, remember one thing: At least it no longer looks like a briefcase with a stupidly large controller.

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...