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List of All Xbox Console (Info and History)

If you are a fan of Microsoft’s Xbox console, then today we will take you down a trip on memory lane and briefly explore all the consoles that were released in order. This comprehensive list will give you all the basic information you need to speak about the basics of each console and their impact on the future of Xbox game system design. You can see a steady progression of computing power, functionality and games since the original launch of Xbox in 2001.

Xbox (Original)

The original Xbox was the first Xbox console created by Microsoft and experiment into the gaming console market. The console was first announced to the world in March 2000 and was mainly competing against PlayStation 2. Microsoft was clever and built the system using standardized PC components, leveraging Microsoft Windows and DirectX as the primary OS to support it’s new roster of games. The console was very powerful compared to other systems in the marketing featuring a 733 MHz Intel Pentium 3 processor and was the first system to use a built-in hard disk. It also was made for online play through Xbox live. It’s most iconic title was Halo 2 which propelled the system into fame for young gamers.

  • Generation: 1
  • Launch Price: $299.99
  • Release Date (North America): November 15th, 2001
  • Discontinued (North America): March 2nd, 2009
  • Units Sold: 24+ Million
  • Best Selling Game: Halo 2 (8 Million Copies)
  • CPU: 733 MHz x86 Intel Celeron/Pentium III Custom Hybrid CPU
  • GPU: 233 MHz nVidia custom GeForce 3 NV2A DirectX 8.0 based GPU
  • Memory: 64 MB DDR SDRAM @ 200 MHz 6.4 GB/s

Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 is the successor to Xbox and launched on November 22nd, 2005 after years of hype. It mainly was in competition with PS3 and Nintendo Wii as the market became more competitive with next gen consoles of that era. Xbox 360 is mainly known for Xbox Live on both a free and subscription based model with different features. Demos, games, music, tv shows and shows were all able to be purchased through live and proved successful. When the system launched it originally had a supply problem in regions like North America and Europe. Even though it was not the most sold Xbox Console, it was certainly extremely influential for the time.

  • Generation: 2
  • Launch Price: $299.99
  • Release Date (North America): November 22, 2005
  • Discontinued (North America): April 20, 2016
  • Units Sold: 84+ million
  • Best Selling Game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • CPU: 3.2 GHz IBM PowerPC tri-core CPU codenamed “Xenon”
  • GPU: 500 MHz ATi custom Radeon X1800 DirectX 9.0c based GPU codenamed “Xenos”
  • Memory: 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM @ 700 MHz 22.4 GB/s, 10 MB EDRAM GPU frame buffer memory

Xbox One

On November 22nd, 2013, the Xbox One was released globally powering Xbox into it’s 4th Generation of gaming consoles with the utilization of cloud computing. The original Xbox one features a powerful AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The controller was redesigned to improve the body, D-Pad and triggers that can deliver directional haptic feedback.  Overall the console received positive reviews for all the upgraded functionality, reliability and features.

  • Generation: 3
  • Launch Price: $399.99 (without Kinect)
  • Release Date: November 22, 2013
  • Discontinued: August 2, 2016
  • Units Sold: 46.9 million Estimate
  • Best Selling Game: Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  • CPU: 1.75 GHz AMD x86-64 eight-core CPU
  • GPU: 853 MHz AMD Radeon HD 7000 series DirectX 11.1, DirectX 12 based GPU
  • Memory: 8 GB of DDR3 RAM @ 2133 MHz 68.3 GB/s,[55] 32 MB ESRAM GPU frame buffer memory

Xbox One S

The next model of the Xbox One is the Xbox One S which is an upgraded and revised version of the Xbox One available in 500 GB, 1 Terra Byte and a specific 2 Terra Byte edition model.

  • Generation: 3
  • Launch Price: $299.99
  • Release Date: August 2, 2016
  • Discontinued: July 16, 2020
  • Units Sold: 46.9 million
  • Best Selling Game: Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  • CPU: 1.75 GHz AMD x86-64 eight-core CPU codenamed “Jaguar”
  • GPU: 914 MHz AMD Radeon HD 7000 series DirectX 11.1, DirectX 12 based GPU
  • Memory: 8 GB of DDR3 RAM @ 2133 MHz 68.3 GB/s,[55] 32 MB ESRAM GPU frame buffer memory

Xbox One X

At E3 2016, Microsoft decided to tease their fans with a high-end revised version of Xbox One and called it Project Scorpio. The One X was released on November 7th, 2017. The difference in this model included upgraded hardware, 4K resolution  a system on chip (SoC), 2.3 GHz octa-core GPU with 40-compute units. The One X is compatible with all Xbox One games, software and accessories.

  • Generation: 3
  • Launch Price $499.99
  • Release Date: November 7th, 2017
  • Discontinued: July 16th, 2020
  • Units Sold: N/A
  • Best Selling Game: Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  • CPU: 2.3 GHz semi-custom AMD x86-64 eight-core CPU code
  • GPU: 1172 MHz AMD GCN DirectX 11.1, DirectX 12 based GPU
  • Memory: 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM @ 6.8 GHz 326 GB/s

Xbox Series S

The Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X are the first Xbox consoles in their 4th generation released on November 10th, 2020. The Series S has less processing power then the Series X and a slower GPU. It was primarily designed to fit inside a backpack or bad for ease of travel and storage. It is around 60% smaller than the Series X.

  • Generation: 4
  • Launch Price: $299.99
  • Release Date: November 10, 2020
  • Discontinued: N/A
  • Units Sold: N/A
  • Best Selling Game: N/A
  • CPU: 3.6 GHz custom AMD Zen 2 eight-core CPU
  • GPU: 1550 MHz AMD Custom RDNA 2 DirectX 12 based CPU with 20 compute units
  • Memory: 10 GB of GDDR6 RAM: 8GB @ 244 GB/s, 2 GB @ 56 GB/s

Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X is the most high-end (and most expensive) Xbox console you can officially buy. Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox announced that Microsoft wanted to prioritize high frame rates and fast load times. The design of the console is made to not be intrusive and overall minimalistic. It can be used both horizonal or vertical which gives the owner many options on where they can set the device down.

  • Generation: 4
  • Launch Price: $499.99
  • Release Date: November 10th, 2020
  • Discontinued: N/A
  • Units Sold: N/A
  • Best Selling Game: N/A
  • CPU: 3.8 GHz custom AMD Zen 2 eight-core CPU[5
  • GPU: 1825 MHz AMD Custom RDNA 2 DirectX 12 based CPU with 52 compute units[58]
  • Memory: 16 GB of GDDR6 RAM; 10 GB @ 560 GB/s, 6 GB @ 336 GB/s

Thanks for reading our Xbox Console guide! We will aim to keep this updated as the future of Xbox unfolds before our very eyes!

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Hello, I’m Yunus Emre Ozdiyar, the Editor in Chief of Corexbox.com. I’m a graduate from the Department of Physics at Istanbul University and interested in cinema, music, games, and technology. I love to discover and write about what’s new in gaming.

Path of Exile – A Challenger Appears to Diablo III

Path of Exile

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Diablo III has accumulated plenty of sins since it was first released in 2012. From the Auction House debacle to the seasonal resets, there has been no end to the criticism leveled on Blizzard. Despite all that, Diablo III remains the king of the isometric ARPG loot grind and no others have even come close. Things are different now, however, since Path of Exile has come into the ring and is proving to be a tough and true contender for Diablo III’s crown.

The Classic System with Modern Roots

Path of Exile is not ashamed to say that it took its core gameplay from Diablo; naturally, there’s no way around the loot crawl without acknowledging the original. However, the Diablo franchise has seen better days in the heyday of Diablo II and the original, despite the arguable relative success of Diablo III today.

Path of Exile comes from the same family of games, but it does more to separate itself from its cousins and ancestry. For one, PoE manages to stand out by making some very unique classes and combat mechanics; these focus on gem equipment in order to determine skills in combat.

There are six basic classes in the game; Marauder, Ranger, Duelist, Shadow, Templar, and Witch. These all ultimately have an analogue in Diablo III save for some unique differences. Regardless, the game is easy enough to pick up by the Diablo veteran or the genre newbie since each class performs a specific role akin to the holy trinity found in ARPGs like these.

The one thing that PoE does well is its ability to imitate the tropes and trends of Diablo, without becoming too much like Diablo. Enemies of the same quality are there with blue-named enemies being a “rarer” genus than white ones. Gold would be the enemies that may or may not completely destroy you. From the basic shuffling demon to the irreverent demon, many of these enemies will be familiar to fans of the genre. This is a good thing. PoE manages to replicate the same things people enjoyed in Diablo and other isometric ARPGs, while being able to keep it unique with its Dark Souls-inspired aesthetic and feel. This way, PoE does not manage to alienate a whole player base who may think that the original did it better, and it manages to be intriguing enough to draw in the genre newbie.

Perhaps the only downside to PoE is its Xbox One port. It is not awful in any sense, but it certainly could be better. Diablo III’s console ports are very fleshed out and polished, but this is the first time Grinding Gear Games went for a port of their flagship game, thus this was expected. There is not any cross-platform play, but that is also expected. This is due to the different balancing of the peripheral differences for controller and mouse and keyboard. Being out on the Xbox One for only a year, PoE will still find plenty of improvements on a console and, if Grinding Gear Games finds enough reason, even cross-platform play.

The best thing about PoE, however, is that it is completely free-to-play along with all seven expansions currently released. You do not have to spend a single dollar to be able to experience the breadth of content it has. It does have a cash shop as is standard in F2P games, but everything that could be purchased there is mere vanity items that do nothing to improve your game. Grinding Gear Games is one of those developers that took an ethical stance with cash shops, by maintaining that there will never be an advantageous purchase over another player that does not want to spend a dime on PoE. Perhaps the only somewhat essential item on the cash shop is the extra bank space that would not normally be purchasable with in-game PoE currency. However, many players would find this forgivable as it is not a game-changing thing. It will make your dungeon crawling considerably easier though.

Just Like Diablo But More

It is very similar in scope and size to the Diablo franchise with its sprawling, loot-laden dungeons and drop-in/drop-out co-op where enemies scale according to the number of players. However, there is much more content in PoE due to Grinding Gear Games’ penchant for releasing updates and expansions on a regular basis. PoE is already up to its seventh expansion in the form of War for the Atlas. There is a whole slew of things to do and explore – much more than Diablo III’s meager vanilla game and its single expansion, Reaper of Souls.

With an interesting storyline and hours upon hours of fun, Path of Exile is proving to be a serious contender for Diablo III’s crown as the undisputed king of isometric ARPGs. It is a wonder how PoE does not have the same level of fame as its predecessor. Grinding Gear Games simply does not have the advertising power Blizzard has since it is an indie company. If you would like a break from Diablo III’s seasonal resets, you may want to give PoE a try for a fresh take on the ARPG genre.