The Xbox brand of consoles, first released in 2001, has become a household name in the gaming industry. It started as a direct competitor to the Playstation 2 and has since gone on to release several successful consoles, including the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. The Xbox also pioneered online gaming with its Xbox Live service, which allows players to connect and play with others around the world. Interestingly, the Xbox was originally intended to be called the "DirectX Box," as it was designed to showcase Microsoft's DirectX technology. The name was eventually shortened to just "Xbox," and the rest is history. Today, the Xbox brand continues to evolve with new hardware and a growing library of games.