In 2018, the social advertising and marketing supervisor for Xbox, Graeme Boyd, took audiences to the previous with an image of the unique Xbox prototype. This prototype is nothing greater than a giant shiny X with the phrase “Xbox” displayed within the middle, however it’s no mere present mannequin. The prototype really labored, in accordance with Seamus Blackley, the Xbox’s authentic developer. Nevertheless, the black magic that went into the console did not finish there.
Every prototype was custom-built out of strong aluminum milled into an X form and carved with quite a few cooling gills — and price a whopping $18,000. The aluminum made the prototypes extraordinarily sturdy, however in addition they weighed a ton, as Blackley can attest. Nevertheless, Microsoft wasn’t keen to take any possibilities. Blackley claims that every prototype was packed in a heavy-duty Pelican case and tugged up and down stairs for half an hour to see what broke.
Fortunately, the mass-produced model of the Xbox is far lighter and box-like, in addition to extra inexpensive. The unique console most likely would not have offered nicely if every one had been made out of milled aluminum.