XBOX 20TH ANNIVERSARY

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Xbox gaming console. SInce that launch the explosion in gaming was even larger than the tech bubble of the late 1990s. Gaming now is close to $150 billion in annual sales and expectations for growth to reach $170 are justified.

Halo: Combat Evolved with the game used to launch the new console. Bungie worked for a couple of years developing the game and Microsoft bought the company to continue development which the console was being designed.

The increasing proliferation of mobile phones and easy availability of games on the internet along with innovations in both hardware and software are expected to have a positive impact on the growth of the global gaming market. In addition, the growing adoption of mobile and browser games which offer free-to-play business models is another trend that is gaining traction in the gaming market.

Desktop PC gaming continues to experience organic growth. The main reason is that a desk is useful for the keyboard, mouse and monitor. The machine is mostly placed beside the desk. DIY custom machines dominate the market but prebuilt machines are also available.

The Xbox Series X has learned to be more backwards compatible. Given consoles pay more for a game, this has been a real concern for consumers. Now inserting an Xbox 360 game will cause the machine to download a compatible version that will run when the disc is inserted.

HIGH RESOLUTIONS BRINGS HIGHER MACHINE COSTS

Monitor resolution dictates machine performance with 1920×1080 now representing the entry level. HD panels are now widely under $100 and competition for features is very intense.

The 2560×1440 panel is a lot more pixels which requires a more powerful video card. 2560×2160 panels are also very competitive with prices under $200.

4K gaming at 3840×2160 is still far away form the mainstream. The cost of graphics cards are double the console cost and the rest of the machine has to be elite components. Power supplies can be expensive with 850W models averaging $200-$250 for platinum efficient models.

CONSOLES STILL $500

The latest Xbox Series X still costs $500 which has been the realm for consoles for years. Less capable models are sold at lower prices. Extra controllers add to the cost of the base unit.