Xbox Emulators & ROMs
XBOX emulation is possible, but there are no emulators which currently allow you to load up an XBOX rom or disc and have any playability.
XBOX was Microsoft’s first foray into the home game console world. The XBOX was designed using the technology of Dreamcast and Sega. Dreamcast was a short lived home gaming console that did not win over many consumers. The technology while interesting still could not match the Playstation. The XBOX creation was meant to give Sony a run for their money regarding technology and consumer basis.
In 1999 the XBOX was revealed to the media. Many began to talk about the technology and its release. The release of the console was put on hold many times though. The release of the XBOX finally occurred in 2001 and 2002. The XBOX price had to be marketable, which meant Microsoft priced it in the same range as the Sony Playstation 2 and the GameCube. While the XBOX did perform well in the beginning it began to lose consumer base, eventually costing the company about 4 billion dollars.
This did not stop Microsoft from going on though. They decided to hold on to the XBOX and began working on a new product, the XBOX 360. The 360 version was offered in 2005. It had many additions, like a removable hard drive.
When the XBOX was first released games were sold with the console. Consumers had a choice of what game they wanted to purchase with their machine. Games like Amped Freestyle Snowboarding, Dead or Alive 3, Halo Combat Evolved, and many others were available. The best selling game for XBOX was Halo 2. There were over 8 million copies sold.
Like the Sony Playstation, the XBOX worked with disc technology. It had a 733 megahertz intel CPU. It also had the ability to store 8 to 10 GB on an internal drive as well as offering a memory card.
The graphics were in 233 meghertz nVidia, which basically means the design offered the same 3D technology as the Sony Playstation offering the best options in the game. The XBOX even came with an Ethernet port for those who wanted to go live. XBOX live was offered as a way to download games from the internet or link up with other players.
The controllers of the XBOX were similar to those of Playstation, with one difference. The controllers for XBOX were larger. They had the analog stick and button pads, but holding the controllers was and still is less comfortable.
Today many of the original XBOX games are still available for the newer XBOX 360. There has also been some work on emulators to allow the games to be played on computers in order to enhance the usage of computer game play. The home game consoles offered a large hit to the computer gaming industry. Many players decided it was better to play games in front of the TV where it was more comfortable. They also had the benefit of the controllers, rather than using a computer keyboard to move. Now it seems that both computer games and the home gaming console are about matched for gamers.