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The XBOX is Microsoft’s entry into the videogame industry. Released in November 2001 in the United States, this system quickly became a gamer’s favorite. The launch success was greatly due to the concurrent release of the game, Halo: Combat Evolved, which today is still a very popular game and has developed into many sequels. What made the XBOX so promising was the fact that Microsoft was already quite successful in the home computing software industry. This consumer interest was inspired on the name recognition and the fact that an ample amount of quality software would be released on this platform. It helped increase its sales dramatically. Microsoft also did a fairly good job promoting its product in the United States as well. The XBOX brought to the consumer a totally awesome sound environment with its 5.1 stereo capacity. Couple this with extremely powerful graphic capabilities, it was an instant winner. Also notable is that this is the first system that I know of, which utilizes a hard drive which allows you to download add-ons, updates and games from the XBOX live subscription service. It also replaces the memory cards that were popular on the other systems which you had to use to save your game play. All of these factors helped this system to compete against the other platforms which were out at the time (Sony Playstation 2, Nintendo Gamecube).
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