Xbox, Microsoft’s gaming console, was originally named DirectX Box, a nod to their DirectX graphics technology. This was shortened to just ‘Xbox’, which didn’t sound right legally! However, it won over ‘Midway’, ‘WEP’ (Windows Entertainment Project), ‘VERY’, ‘MARZ’ and other suggested names.
The first commercial home video game console was the Magnavox Odyssey. Designed by the great Ralph Baer and first shown in April 1972. [more...]