Microsoft’s Xbox is a video gaming brand which includes a series of video game consoles, applications, streaming services, and an online service-Xbox Live. Xbox was first introduced in November 2001 with the launch of first console in the series - original Xbox console. The name Xbox was derived from the fact that these gaming consoles were based on Microsoft’s graphics APIs called DirectX.
The Xbox (the first console in the series) was the first console by any American company since 1996 when Atari Jaguar stopped its sales.
In the year 2005 Microsoft released the successor to Xbox – Xbox 360 which is the most recently released console and has already sold over 77.2 million consoles worldwide as of April 18, 2013. On May 21, 2013 Xbox One (which is the successor to Xbox 360) was revealed. Xbox one will be released in 21 markets around the world in November 2013.
Other popular Gaming consoles from companies other than Microsoft include Sony’s Playstation and Nintendo’s Wii.