Readers share their fondest recollections of the unique Xbox

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The bodily console itself was a chunky black and inexperienced field with an X design overlayed on the highest and 4 front-facing slots for controllers. The vast majority of customers recalled optimistic emotions in regards to the hardware; Tony cherished the console and mentioned it reminded him of an up to date Dreamcast. George mentioned it was “constructed like a tank” and introduced up a YouTube video “that confirmed somebody taking pictures the Xbox with a gun. Then they plugged it in and it nonetheless labored.” Vu2You mentioned it “had probably the most highly effective efficiency of any console, and it confirmed in so many video games.” ShawnPPickett mentioned he loved his system an awesome deal and by no means had any severe issues with it.

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Nonetheless, customers famous that the machine wasn’t with out its drawbacks: Malik talked about its dimension as an obstacle. Brak allowed that the console was nice “besides when it overheated” — one thing that was additionally talked about by Marioooo who mentioned the “normal fan noise is just not precisely fascinating” although “each different facet of the console is impeccable.” Izak talked about that his solely want was that Microsoft hadn’t changed an “wonderful console after solely [four] years,” and Marioooo mentioned his solely “actual gripe with the console was the variety of revisions it went via, that means components might be exhausting to come back by.”



As iconic because the field itself had been the “Duke” controllers with their ten digital buttons, a syncing button, two analog triggers, two analog sticks and a digital D-pad. The chunky equipment had been cherished by some and loathed by many. TacoDave mentioned, “first issues first: the unique Xbox controller was horrible.” Tony echoed the sentiment stating he hated the unique controller, and XJackalX felt they had been “very awkward.” Solely Marioooo was keen on Duke-style controllers, saying he used his for a few years and cherished them. Most others had been relieved when the “S” controllers had been obtainable, with Tony discovering they “made all the pieces a lot simpler” and XJackalX saying the discharge of the “S” fashion controllers was “undoubtedly a good suggestion on Microsoft’s behalf.”

Software program

When it got here to the software program featured on the first-gen Xbox, customers like LordRahl72 had been in full settlement that the Xbox Media Heart software program made the system “one of the best media consumption machine for its time.” Wasserja thought XBMC made the system an “wonderful media middle” to at the present time, and Malik mentioned the flexibility to retailer video games, films, music and emulators was “thoughts blowing.” Dvhh mentioned XBMC was the facet that basically made the console shine, and “made it one of the best media middle (even beating the Xbox 360 and PS3 for the media help).”

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Sport choice

One factor customers could not spend sufficient time discussing was the sport choice, and the titles that they misplaced numerous hours enjoying. ShawnPPickett mentioned he purchased his console “primarily based solely off of a few of its exclusives (Jade Empire, KOTOR 1+2, Fable, Halo 1+2).” XJackalX was additionally a Halo fan, saying the sport “undoubtedly established the Xbox because the consoles for FPSs” and “in all probability saved Microsoft’s console trade.” Malik reminded us that “Halo was first established on this technique and it grew to become one of many all time best video games.” GoFake1 additionally had fond recollections of Halo.

However Halo wasn’t the one title fondly remembered by customers: Woody24 mentioned “Riddick was in all probability one of the best sport I performed on the system, utterly underrated.” Marioooo mentioned his go-to video games had been Want for Pace, Undertaking Gotham Racing and Burnout. And XJackalX mentioned “different respectable titles had been Crimson Skies and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath,” although he additionally hung out enjoying Burnout three. LordRahl72 mentioned “to at the present time, I’m nonetheless ready for a contemporary model of Rallisport Problem 2!”


Many customers shared their favourite recollections of gaming on the primary technology Xbox console, recalling what it was prefer to expertise the system eighteen years in the past. It was, as Cjtylr mentioned, “SICK again within the day.” BillH mentioned he “remembers utilizing twin stick controls for the primary time. It took some getting used to however I used to be younger and getting blown up in multiplayer whereas operating sideways was probably the most enjoyable I might have.”

Ggonz80 “bought the unique Xbox after I was a freshman in school and it was an awesome gaming system. My mates and I spent many hours battling in Madden tournaments.” TacoDave has “so many good recollections associated to the unique Xbox, however none fairly so stirring as four-player, split-screen Halo with mates. I had a gaggle that will come over each Sunday afternoon for months on finish and we’d simply play Halo for hours. Nothing beats in-person, in-the-same-room, split-screen multiplayer. Nothing.”

Not less than three customers nonetheless have their unique methods: In reality, Marioooo nonetheless owns three. George nonetheless has his in the lounge, “sitting subsequent to my 360 and Xbox [One].” And Woody24 simply discovered his Xbox within the storage this previous summer time. “I opened the system as much as take away the corroded capacitor, fired it up and began Riddick over again. It can now discover a new residence in my TV middle subsequent to the PS4, Xbone, Genesis/32X/CD, SNES, PS2 and NES.”

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Some customers, like Nazukeoya, now really feel the primary Xbox system was missing. Their first expertise with it at E3 in 2001 left them “utterly unimpressed.. GoFake1 mentioned the Xbox “was my first sport console expertise, and it might have gone higher.” And Cjtylr felt that “sadly, by immediately’s requirements, the graphics are unhealthy, it lacked any on-line help and did not have an enormous sport library.”

Nonetheless, most customers had been extra optimistic. George mentioned the console “broke loads of floor in graphics, capabilities and on-line play,” whereas Malik mentioned the “Xbox is a good system.” JSicilia1 agreed that it was a “nice system for its time,” and even Cjtylr admitted that regardless of the issues they talked about above, the primary technology Xbox “was a sport altering product.”

Photos: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP (fashions with Xbox), Kim Kulish (Duke controller), James Leynse (Halo sport case) and Mario Tama (retailer show) by way of Getty Photos

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