10 Things You Never Knew About Xbox
Xbox Live Arcade Almost Didn’t Happen
The Xbox Live Arcade, the store that offered indie titles as a digital download, was almost shut down before it launched. Despite the fact that it became one of the biggest selling points of the console and was hugely successful, some felt it might cannibalize retail sales and hurt the console industry.
The First Two Consoles Sold At A Loss
The technology inside the Xbox and Xbox 360, in addition to the manufacturing costs, meant that every single console sold at around a $125 loss at launch. This slowly decreased over time as parts became cheaper, though most of Microsoft’s money came from software sales.