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XBOX logo 2012.svg
Type Video gaming
Owner Microsoft
Country Microsoft Redmond Campus, Redmond, Washington, United States
Introduced November 15, 2001; 21 years ago (2001-11-15)
Markets Worldwide
Registered as a trademark in Worldwide

Xbox is a video game console system made by Microsoft. It began in 1998 when four employees decided to try to make a system to compete with Sony's PlayStation 2. The employees took apart four Dell computers and built the console from the parts. The employees named the console DirectX Box because it used Microsoft's DirectX graphics program. They showed the console to Ed Fries, who was the leader of Microsoft's game publishing business, and he liked the idea. During work on the project, the name was changed to Xbox.


There are three generations of the Xbox.

System Released Discountinued Generation Latest version
Xbox 2001 2009 Sixth Build 351 (1.39)
Xbox 360 2005 2016 Seventh Build 711
Xbox One 2013 N/A Eighth Build 981

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