On 14 March a decade ago that Microsoft launched the original Xbox console. Here we discuss its strengths, weaknesses and impact on the industry.

This article titled “Xbox at 10 in Europe: how the console shaped gaming history” was written by Keith Stuart, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 14th March 2012 12.43 UTC

The games industry was a very different place 10 years ago. Still dominated by Japanese games and Japanese games machines, Microsoft's plans to launch its own dedicated console were met with skepticism.

A few years before, EA co-founder Trip Hawkins had tried to wrestle his way onto the games hardware scene with the 3DO – an abject failure against the might of Sony's PlayStation. Many thought the Xbox would go the same way.

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