Sunday, September 03, 2006

How Was The "Xbox" Named?

The Microsoft Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console first released on November 15, 2001 in North America, then released on February 22, 2002 in Japan, and on March 14, 2002 in Europe. The Xbox was Microsoft's first independent venture into the video game console arena, after having developed the operating system and development tools for the MSX, and having collaborated with Sega in porting Windows CE to the Sega Dreamcast console.

According to Dean Takahashi's book, "Opening the Xbox", the Xbox was originally going to be called the DirectXbox, to show the extensive use of DirectX within the console's technology. However, "Xbox" was the final name decided by marketing, but the console still retains some hints towards DirectX, most notably the "X"-shaped logo, which DirectX is famous for. (Wikipedia)

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posted by Staff @ 12:43 PM