During development of the Xbox console, the project was code-named DirectX Box, which arrived from the term Direct X, which was an computer application for handling multimedia tasks such as gaming on Microsoft Windows. The name was later shorten to XBox and was placed as a possible final name for the Microsoft console.
The Microsoft marketing team hated the name and left it on the project during the console development to show the development team that the name would fail to interest audiences and consumers. The marketing team also brainstormed a set of names for the console. It turned out that many people liked the name XBox and it remained as the name of the device launched in 2001.
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In 2005, Microsoft recalled over 14 million Xbox power cords that could be fire hazards and offered free replacements. Europeans were advised to exchange Xbox cords made before January 13, 2004; other territories' consoles had a cutoff date of October 23, 2003. Resultant issues were thankfully isolated, involving a few burned hands and minor smoke damage.
If players idled on the dashboard long enough, they might hear their Xbox make creepy, otherworldly whispering sounds. These are actually snippets of audio logs from NASA's Apollo missions.
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