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Happy 10th birthday, Microsoft Xbox

Once upon a time on the 15th of November, 2001, the first ever Xbox went on sale, marking a start to Microsoft’s debut in the gaming console industry. The console couldn’t have been released at a better time as Sony’s PlayStation 2 had been available for almost a year by then and console gaming was becoming more mainstream than ever before.

Back in the good old days, the Xbox’s choice of 8 GB or 10 GB hard drives seemed spacious as ever and its Pentium III based processor powered what used to be graphically impressive games; nowadays the average smartphone or iPod comes with at least 8 GB of built-in memory. Its controller was simply massive but that didn’t matter to the 24 million folks who bought it until it was finally retired in 2006, some six months after the Xbox 360 came out in late 2005.

Ten years later, there’s plenty that’s changed but this date is still remembered as the day Microsoft made its first step into the living rooms of millions of potential Xbox users around the world. The (admittedly rather aged) immediate successor to the original Xbox, the 7 year old Xbox 360, is still around but there have been rumors that Microsoft has plans to release a successor to it next year.

The third-generation Xbox, tentatively called the Xbox 720, is said to have even more processing power, sleeker case design, next-generation DDR4 memory, compatibility with a to-be-announced companion Kinect 2 addon, $299 starting price and an even longer planned lifecycle of 10 years.

To celebrate 10 years of Xbox and Xbox Live, Microsoft has made some special-edition 10 year anniversary Xbox 360 consoles that can be won via a contest on their website Xbox.com

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