Online-focused gaming, 360's Red Ring of Death and Japan's decline as a force in the industry. For better or worse, the original Xbox left its mark.
Nice comprehensive history piece! 👌
It's probably too long TBH 😂
I didn’t get one at launch, but after a mate of mine bought it with Halo and my group of friends had some great split-screen multiplayer games I got one! It was a bit strange at the time because it came from the company that made Windows! But it was exciting because it was, compare to other consoles, more powerful and it kind of blended PC gaming in a console unit. Maybe it’s because of nostalgia but the original Xbox (1) is definitely my favourite.
To clarify: maybe it’s because of nostalgia but the original Xbox (1) is definitely my favourite Xbox.
Agreed haha, I had so many Xbox controllers at my house. Friends would bring them over to play Halo, and just leave them. I used to use a mini pink one just to add insult to injury whenever I'd win. Good times...
Always preferred my original Xbox over the PS2. Both great systems, but the Xbox introduced me to Morrowind, Doom 3, The Oddworld series, Crimson Skies, Halo. The list goes on. The thing was a beast of a console at the time.
And playstation introduce us to mgs 2 sons of liberty, God of war, ratchet and clank, final fantasy x and the list goes on
Can someone make a comment without some defensive fanboy taking offense? And I was part of that "us". I owned a PS2, and had a bunch of games for it. Unless the only part of my post you paid mind to was the fact that Xbox was my preferred console of that generation ... on an article talking about the Xbox. I think your post history speaks for itself though :^)
TheRealTedCruz listed a few of his favorite games that he played on the OG Xbox console and for some reason you viewed it as a taunt and felt compelled to challenge his opinion. Why do you feel the need to push back on someone when they are simply posting an innocuous viewpoint? Not everything has to be about this insipid "console war". I swear, some of you out there can't help yourselves from constantly acting like irrational fanboys, even if your life depended on it.
Oh the joy if we ever get a new Crimson Skies. Anyone remember Brute Force?
Crimson Skies was really a fun game. Spent hour dog fighting with my friends. They definitely need to make a sequel.
Yeah Brute Force was good.
Brute Force was way ahead of it 's time. Funny how a sequel was announced only to be later quietly shelved. Why? Because Phil Spencer (Mr. Gamer's Gamer) didn't like the game. Someone explain how BF is one of the very few OG 1st party Xbox titles not available for digital purchase on the Xbox store, despite being 100% BC with the 360? Heck, even Blinx is available in the Xbox store and BC with XB1.
Please don't use my post to continue that weird anti-Phil crusade. Any Crimson Skies players try split screen on the Series consoles? I tried it on One X last year but the bottom player was this glitchy viewport. I wonder if emulation is improved now
Same here and never bought Playstation until PS4. It also came with a hard drive which what is used in the console space now.They were on to something with Xbox Live as you see now with everyone have online setup on consoles. NINJA gaiden, KOTOR, KOTOR 2, Jade Empire, Mech Assault, Panzar Dragoon Orta, Jet Set Radio Future, Splinter Cell(real versions), Elder Scrolls 3, Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay,and UFC Tapout. Lot of geat games. Loved the sports games to, but EA made them shut down their sports division because it was better integrated with Live and EA had their own setup. Man they had a great relationship with Bioware from Jade Empire and KOTOR, which is why Mass Effect was supposed to be only 360 PC until EA bought the parent company and put it on Playstation. They need a sequel to Jade Empire but that version of Bioware is long gone, thanks to the EA purchase. You could also save as much as you wanted to because the 8g hard drive never ran out of space.
I also liked Blinx and Blinx 2
That Doom 3 port was absolutely gorgeous and remains one of the most accomplished console versions of a demanding PC game ever made.
They did a nice job with doom 3 on Xbox.
I still play mine, only now I mod them as well. Ripping games to a 2tb hdd and playing coinops... good stuff.
I modded all of mine and put xbmc on them back in the day. Was doing it for friends too lol. Got pretty good with a soldering iron after those Xbox days
GTAVC was the shit, allowed me to play custom music while driving. Something the PS2 couldn't
Superb port. One of the games I played most on Xbox, despite finishing it previously on PS2 :-D
It's almost impossible to say something positive about a console, particularly Xbox, without someone on N4G replying in a derogatory defensive manner.
Most of the comments on this one are constructive or contribute something but there is always one or two 😂
knights of the old republic and the jedi outcast games and jedi academy games and jade empire. And the best ghost recon games were on the first xbox and rainbow 3 was great and the splintercell games.
I will always remember the days i had 3 friends over, all on our own xbox's , each with our own tv all in the same room, xboxes all connected to an ethernet hub and playing ghost recon ... happy days Rallisport challenge as i remember it was an amazing game too
@Locutus_of_borg Ghost recon 2 summit strike had 16 player co op missions on xbox and consoles havent been able to match that ever since. You could host your own dedicated servers with a xbox on ghost recon and rainbow 6 . We had 14 and 16 player last man standing matches and ubisoft has screwed that up ever since. Ghost recon and rainbow six 3 had voice commands for Ai in single player missions that worked that doesnt happen anymore. And Halo ce my friends all had a xbox and we linked them up 4 xboxes for 16 player lan matches its was so good i still have my xbox lan party box .
Owned them all... And halo 2 launch will be in the history books that solidified the og Xbox. Not knocking one other thing introduced... but there were a lot of people in line for that launch. Miss those day of midnight releases.
Still the best Xbox.
Probably. It is a lot of people's favourite console from MS.
It was clearly ahead of the competition in terms of tech, I loved it. And Halo was fantastic
Splinter Cell was probably my favourite Xbox series. Pandora Tomorrow blew my tiny mind. Admittedly I only ever played Halo 2 with friends and wouldn't necessarily elect to play it alone.
Nahhh I really enjoyed the og Xbox. But the 360 slim (original where prone to breaking) was and still is the best Xbox Microsoft has done. They where willing to take risks on new iPad and different types of games. Lost oddisy, viva pinita, Forza, gears, crackdown, Alan wake. That was the best time as a Xbox owner for me.
Microsoft were hungry then. They were the new guy, they were making no profit at all and they wanted to impress and it showed. Once the gaming division actually starting getting in the black the quality nosedived and they were never good again. It's all about services now, not games.
Well..just for someone's info my favorite console of all time is the Dreamcast...
I should do Dreamcast next. It was amazing
Best emulator of its day.
Oh, it was an emulation beast. A jailbroken Xbox was also a capable standard def TV and movie hub 😍
It was a beast and ushered in a new era of gaming for consoles. Though not the first console with online, it was the first successful console with broadband. It even helped to drive the adoption rate from dial-up to broadband.. I remember Playing Halo for the first time and stepping out on that ring was incredible. I also have fond memories of killer lan-parties. A couple of times a year we would set four tvs, four xboxs, 16 controllers, barbeque and drinks to last the whole night through. Good times!
While I don't want to take away from your comment, the ps2 had a broadband connection over a year before the xbox did.
IIRC You had to buy a stupid adapter to play online on ps2. Thing was expensive
Yeah, they were not the easiest to get either lol, they made it built in with the slim from what I remember, good times🤣
That's why I used the word "successful". Yes as a Console with a built in broadband connection it was the most the most successful in driving a new standard for Consoles. Considering every console had it. Also, MS used it, not as an afterthought but as an important part of the experience.
Built in or not, it was used and it worked, thats a success, no? Adding stipulations does not change the fact your statement is wrong🤷♂️ The xbox wasn't the first or even second, The dreamcast had broadband support in Jan 01, the ps2 in July 01 and the xbox in november 02. Afterthought? They clearly thought it was important enough to develop it, market it and produce online experiences for it, and then incorporate it into their very first revision👍 Similar story for segas solution.
Nintendo also released their broadband adaptor in October 02, you cant say which was most succesfull as they all released and worked, they all pushed broadband forward.
It was great for all the Sega games. Phantasy Stsr Online episode 1&2, Crazy Taxi 3, Panzer Dragoon Orta, Shenmue 2, Otogi
I never cared for the Xbox. As a brand I still don't care for Xbox.
No one GivesAF
You obviously gave enough of AF to reply though didn't you? If you really didn't care, you would have done what any mature person would do and skipped on by, but here you are.
Cool story - you’ve missed out on some pretty good games and consoles over the years and you’re going to miss out on good games going forward (like those from Zenimax). Sorry for your loss.
I haven't missed out on anything. Most xbox games are also on PC, and I have a gaming PC. So remind me again, why do I need Xbox in my life?
I'm in same boat, never own Xbox and never really need to. I thought I might get XSX this gen, but MS go full force and make it muiltiplat by making all of it games on PC. Making me realize it a waste of money to buy an XSX when I have a more powerful PC than it.
@ScootaKuH: if you're gaming on PC, you're supporting Xbox as a brand one way or another. Whether that's by buying Xbox games (e.g. Zenimax games, Halo, etc), running things like Xbox Game Bar, or simply by using Windows. @RedDevils: And that makes total sense, MS gets your money either way. Revenue source does not matter.
The OG Xbox is not a bad machine I skipped it during the PS2 era bought one used for $10 took it apart cleaned it and now I use it. It was ahead of it's time with a built in hard drive online game play that was improved from the Dreamcast. And if an OG Xbox is modded you have a good machine to play roms on. Only things I hate about the OG XBox is the leaking clock capacitor depending on which board revision you got and I hate the Thompson drive that drive alone is a piece of shit. Your disc could be scratch free and smooth as a baby bottom and the disc still wouldn't play because of that drive. Only other issue was the drive belt after so long the belt would stretch and the drive door would not open but that is an easy fix. After owning an OG Xbox I can say I like the design of it it has grown on me I like how you pop the console apart everything to take out is so basic and easy to put back together. Best part about the OG Xbox is unlike the XB360 and XB1 if my disc drive dies I can swap it for another the disc drive is not married to the board like the XB360 and XB1.
Such a great console with an amazing library. Wish they had the same edge as they used to 😑
Good article! I have great memories of this console and games like Halo, Splinter Cell etc. Still playing a lot of them today via back compat. Microsoft doesn’t get enough credit for what they have brought to the industry with things like storage, online play etc. This box was way ahead of it’s time.
It was the Dreamcast 2.
Ralisport challange and pgr....Nuff said
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