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Member Name: Trampmaster90
Advantages: Reliable, came with 4 controller ports,
Disadvantages: Could not play DVDs unless extra accessories were purchased
Microsoft's Xbox was launched back in 2001, and became a major competitor to Sony's Playstation 2 in the market. Because of large release price for both PS2 and XBOX, for a long while people were often forced to choose between playtation or xbox, and hence the rivalry began.
So was it better than PS2 or any other console on the market back then? I think both consoles have both their distinct advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages - Beginning with the console features, there were 4 controller ports built into the front of the console itself, so unlike some other consoles, there was no need to buy a multi-adaptor. Also, the memory cards that were at the time used to save date could be plugged into the controller, which made things all the easier to use. Also some games, but not all can be copied from one xbox to the other. I say not all because some games were "digitally signed" to only work for one xbox, which was slightly annoying. However, Xbox truely became so well known for perhaps one of the most successful games ever to hit the market, that being Halo which was exclusive only to Xbox. I also always believed that Xbox made a much greater hit with online gaming than any other console at the time, this being down to its excellent online interface and community, partly made so successful through the use of its headset.
Disadvantages - Beginning with the hardware. Xbox was released with one heck of a massive controller. I remember when I was younger having to put a lot of effort to stretch my fingers across the controller's pad, and playing fast-paced games was particularly difficult, although you would eventually get used to it. Microsoft did eventually release a smaller version of the controller which was quite a god send, and was much more comfortable to hold. I suppose you could say that the console itself was quite large and bulky, although sturdy at the same time, and this was nine years ago so nothing too small could really be expected. The Xbox was capable of playing DVDs although you had to purchase the correct gear to do this which was very disappointing.
A slimmer version of the Xbox was released later on, but I don't remember it being too popular, certainly none of the people I knew owned one.
You can still pick these up very cheap online second hand, and those who have spent a lot of money building up an xbox catalogue of games and would most likely pick up another one on the cheap. You can also hook up two via an ethernet cable and play some games via LAN which can be great fun, so there are still some great features that this piece of kit had.
Still worth picking one up if you can.
Again, a dying console but by no means dead. There are still plenty of games and fun to be had, even if the online community has moved onto to that of its 360 daughter. A machine still worth having if you can find one.
Summary: A great machine still worth owning.