OXM UK: "OXM looks back at the console which defined a decade."
Did the XBOX really define the decade? I would say that it was the PS2 and the Wii.
Let it be already...
Nah, Xbox was great but PS2 was the dominent console back then.
it isnt so much about the dominant system as it is about what did the xbox offer that was different than the others. Dreamcast had online support but not a dedicated service like live. PS2 had online and hdd support but the problem was sony not really marketing those features. It is understandable as to why but the gaming public will support what the parent company offers if they themselves back it. Too many time has something come out as an add-on only to not be supported by the main company. Its like here it is now you guys (other devs) use it. Many would say the sega cd was a failure, but it wasnt in the sense of support. Sega supported that thing till the end. It was more of a failure because of the quality of the games not the lack of support. For that you look to the 32x. MS supported xbox and live not just because it was their first console (unless you count their involvement with the DC) but they knew that to be successful you have to back your product fully. Sony and nintendo both back their products to a certain extent. If they feel that continued support for something isnt worth the efforts, they pull back. So far in the console market MS has shown they arent pulling back.
Yeah. I agree with what you said, we had no end of add-ons/peripherals that seemed to have potential at the time, only for them to fail due to lack of support, so I'll give MS credit for that. For the most part I thought the Xbox was a great console, that could have been even better had it been given more 3rd party support, but seeing as how turbulent the industry was back then I can only imagine not every 3rd party dev wanted to get on bored with MS. I know that a lot of people wrote of the Xbox off from day one, seeing it as merely MS's way of breaking into the ever expanding (and highly profitable) games industry, maybe it was but there is no denying that the Xbox and MS went along way to push the industry forward, attempting to set itself up as the direct competitor to the already well established Sony and their new PS2, this rivalry was exactly what was needed to push the industry forward to where we are now, imo.
"I know that a lot of people wrote the Xbox off from day one, seeing it as merely MS's way of breaking into the ever expanding (and highly profitable) games industry, maybe it was but there is no denying that the Xbox and MS went along way to push the industry forward" Go back even further to when Sony said they were making a console. Same attitude then from gamers and developers. Sega and Nintendo had this feeling that sony didnt belong but it took perseverance from sony and a commitment to supporting the gamers and developers that helped them succeed. MS more than likely felt the same sting from the beginning. And still to this day you will have gamers saying they dont belong. Its like they feed off that negative energy and continue to push to remain relevant in light of the bigger more popular brands from nintendo and sony. Any other company would have backed out (NEC, Panasonic, SNK...) they all had a chance at success in gaming once. Failed due to developer support wasnt there and neither were the consumers. Im not saying those brands never sold. Just not to the levels of Sega, Nintendo, Sony, now MS and once even Atari.
The original Xbox was alright. It had games that looked better than the PS2 versions, introduced gamer's to Xbox Live, Halo, Fable, Ninja Gaiden, Jade Empire, Forza and a few others. Short lived and was never really pushed to it's full potential with the exception of DOOM 3 which still holds it's own to this day. Wow. Did I actually just say something positive about MS??
Xbox 1 is a great piece of hardware. I remember having halo, doom 3 , pgr, jet set radio, blinx and gun Valkyrie.
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