Yes, Xbox turns 15 this week, and that should make you feel old! Unless you’re like 15, in which case you’re still quite young. I’m not too sure where that opening line was meant to lead…
…Any-who, Xbox is 15 years young. It is a console brand that I have grown up with, and in all honesty; its shaped me into the man I am today. My parents may not like him, but I bloody-well love him!
A lot can happen in 15 years; and believe me, a lot has happened! Especially in the world of video-games.
We have seen hardware innovation improve dramatically over 15 years. We have had four traditional controllers, with each one a huge improvement on the last. Although the very original one was the easiest to use with your toes (don’t ask).
We have had three main consoles: the Xbox, the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One (not including updated versions or slimline products, e.g. Xbox 360 S). The original Xbox was released in 2001, the Xbox 360 in 2005 and the Xbox One in 2013.
Back in 2010, we saw the relatively impressive Kinect appear briefly and then swiftly disappear, mainly due to it’s high cost and lack of games. It was very reminiscent of Playstation 2’s EyeToy from 2003. Three years later in 2013, Kinect 2.0 was released alongside the Xbox One. Again, this has dropped off the radar somewhat. I still use mine for its voice control system, but thats about it.
In the last 15 years, we have seen the birth of a a video game series a big as the industry itself in Halo. It currently stretches out over 12 titles, and we have more to come in the form of Halo Wars 2. So happy birthday to you too!
It’s not just Halo that has wet our appetite, there has been several successful series of games that have been exclusive to Xbox. We’ve had Gears of War, Crackdown, Forza and Fable to name a few. I don’t totally agree with console exclusives, but I can understand why they’re done. Perhaps I’ll rant about that at a later date, but today is for celebrating!
Happy anniversary my love, heres to many more happy years! No, literally. In December 2014, 343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross expressed Microsoft’s aim for the Halo series to last at least 30 more years.
I’ll drink to that!