The Xbox brand celebrates its tenth anniversary today, and we are here to celebrate. When the original console launched, the world was a different place: the PlayStation 2 was still fresh and new, the Sega Dreamcast was a system with active support, and the GameCube showed that Nintendo could make money with a system where most of the big releases were first-party franchise titles.
On second thought, some things haven't changed.
Gaming was already crowded in 2001, and there was some question about whether there was room for another console. There was also the question of aesthetics, as the Xbox was considered to be a large, heavy, and ugly system compared to its competition. Even the original controllers were huge, and were later replaced with the much smaller Type S controllers. Microsoft had one ace up its sleeve, though: it launched with Halo.