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The Xbox, now also known as the Original Xbox, was Microsoft's first video game console. It was released on November 15, 2001 in North America; March 14, 2002 in Europe and Australia; and February 22, 2002 in Japan.

It was Microsoft's first foray in the gaming console market, competing against the Sony Playstation 2, the Nintendo Gamecube and the Sega Dreamcast. It was also the first console produced by an American company since the Atari Jaguar was discontinued in 1996.

Xbox LIVE, a fee-based online gaming service was introduced to the Xbox in November 2002. It enabled its subscribers to download new content and connect with other players through a broadband connection.

On June 4, 2006, the Xbox was discontinued in Japan, followed by Europe on March 11, 2007 and North America on March 2, 2009.

On November 22, 2005 a successor to Xbox was released, the Xbox 360.


The appearance of the Xbox is a lot like what the name suggests. The console itself is a black 320 × 100 × 260 mm (12.5 × 4 × 10.5 in) box with a X shape going across it with a green circle in the middle with the logo inside of it. On the front of the console there are 4 controller ports in total, 2 being on each side of the power button. In the middle of the controller ports is the On/Off and eject disc button.