Cast your mind back to the year 2000, when Microsoft boss Bill Gates revealed the company's plan to build a games console. The move was met with plenty of mirth -- after all, how could the corporation behind PowerPoint possibly take on gaming superstars Sony and Nintendo? Hit play on the video above to find out how Microsoft established a foothold on the mighty mountain of gaming.
Like putting bullet time effects in every movie, the Xbox tale began in the late nineties. Microsoft had dabbled with consoles, creating a version of Windows CE that was originally envisioned as powering the Dreamcast (but in the end was only used by a handful of games), but the company's gaming focus was very much within the realm of the PC.
That changed when four members of Microsoft's DirectX team built a prototype console and pitched it to gaming exec Ed Fries. From there the project -- initially dubbed the "DirectX Box" but later shortened to "Xbox" -- took off. Hit play now to learn how it happened.
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