Official Xbox timeline web site launched

Ten years ago today, the original Xbox game console was launched in Europe by Microsoft. To celebrate the occasion, Microsoft has launched an interactive timeline web site that shows a number of the highlights from the Xbox franchise. The timeline actually starts before the original Xbox launch, when Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates first announced the Xbox concept in 2000 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

The new timeline lets users check out various highlights from both the Xbox and the Xbox 360, from the introduction of the original Halo to the launch of Xbox Live and much more. It tells us some little known facts such as when the first Xbox Live gamertag was registered and by whom (it was August 12, 2002; the gamertag was "e" and belonged to Xbox Live operations manager Eric Neustadter).

There's also some interesting Xbox and Xbox Live stats in the timeline. For example, Microsoft has sold 108 million units of the original Xbox and the Xbox 360 worldwide so far. Xbox Live has 40 million users at the moment. Finally, the timeline claims that the total amount of Gamerscore achievements for Xbox 360 users stands at over 196 billion, at least for today.

You can check out even more interesting Xbox 360 facts in our recent Trivia Tuesday post.

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Probably the greatest console (along with the PS2) of my lifetime so far and that includes such classics as the zx81, spectrum, Sega MegaDrive, Nintendo64, etc...
I remember some years ago a few said it wouldn`t make any impact.............

techguy77 said,

So does PC way more. Can XBOX play blu ray movies? Beeep NO.

You are kidding right?
An Xbox 360 is 130$. Show me ONE pc that can do what an Xbox can do for 130$.
/Thread.

techguy77 said,

So does PC way more. Can XBOX play blu ray movies? Beeep NO.

Technically, Xbox can play BD, however, Microsoft backed the now defunct HD-DVD camp, and they believe that streaming / downloading movies is the future, hence there's no BD drive for Xbox or software for it.

It is the same with the PC. Windows cannot read BD natively. A BD drive will only act as a DVD drive without third party software like Cyberlink PowerDVD or ArcSoft TotalMedia Theater.

boumboqc said,

You are kidding right?
An Xbox 360 is 130$. Show me ONE pc that can do what an Xbox can do for 130$.
/Thread.

It is $199, not $129. You cannot even buy PC with hardware specs XBOX has because it is outdated by every possible mean.

techguy77 said,

It is $199, not $129. You cannot even buy PC with hardware specs XBOX has because it is outdated by every possible mean.

Hey TechGuy ...just playing devil's advocate here.

Even though it is outdated, you cannot purchase parts of it because it contains proprietary parts.

boumboqc said,

You are kidding right?
An Xbox 360 is 130$. Show me ONE pc that can do what an Xbox can do for 130$.
/Thread.

Price wise it is impossible to match the price of the device, however, you also have to pay annually for Xbox Live service on top of your Netflix, Hulu Plus account.

Don't get me wrong, I use Xbox Live as well, but when watching movies, I use Zune Marketplace, so that I don't have to pay a monthly fee for Netflix or HuluPlus on top of Live.

techguy77 said,

So does PC way more. Can XBOX play blu ray movies? Beeep NO.

Blu ray? You mean you actually buy those things?

techguy77 said,

So does PC way more. Can XBOX play blu ray movies? Beeep NO.

The BD argument is tired, none of my PC's have BD drives, I don't own a BD player either. When you can get a good HD copy over the internet the need for BD for movies is defunct unless you're a die-hard movie junky who needs a physical copy for some reason. Besides the ratio of crappy movies to good is borked. Not worth it.

RommelS said,

Price wise it is impossible to match the price of the device, however, you also have to pay annually for Xbox Live service on top of your Netflix, Hulu Plus account.

Don't get me wrong, I use Xbox Live as well, but when watching movies, I use Zune Marketplace, so that I don't have to pay a monthly fee for Netflix or HuluPlus on top of Live.

I don't even own an Xbox 360.
It gets me mad when I see PRO-computer geek that spend 2000$ on hardware every year to have the latest SPECS complaining about gaming console.
Haters gonna hate they said,

boumboqc said,

I don't even own an Xbox 360.
It gets me mad when I see PRO-computer geek that spend 2000$ on hardware every year to have the latest SPECS complaining about gaming console.
Haters gonna hate they said,

I have no beef with PC gamers because that is what they like, however, I prefer to spend my money wisely than just keep upgrading my PC to play the latest game.

Granted, with XBox, your HW gets old fast, but even with the most expensive Xbox out there, it will last you or a very long time compare to a gaming PC rig, and that is why I prefer the console, and it help me lower my cost when purchasing a PC or laptop because I don't have to buy the latest and greatest hardware. Again, that's me.

techguy77 said,

So does PC way more. Can XBOX play blu ray movies? Beeep NO.

No but it was doing 1080p video sales and rentals online before most people were even buying BluRay movies.

GP007 said,

The BD argument is tired, none of my PC's have BD drives, I don't own a BD player either. When you can get a good HD copy over the internet the need for BD for movies is defunct unless you're a die-hard movie junky who needs a physical copy for some reason. Besides the ratio of crappy movies to good is borked. Not worth it.


IMHO, its not about being a movie junkie. Its about not wanting to wait hours to download a 1080p movie and not getting any extras or get a BD that you didn't have to download and get tons of extras. Also not have to waste HD space to store it.