Who Was the First-Ever Person to Buy an Xbox Console? Did He Get It for Free?

Published 12/14/2021, 8:54 AM EST


Ever wondered who the first-ever person to own an Xbox console was? Ever wondered how it all started back in 2001? Let’s just take a look back at the grand launch day and find out who the first person to buy the console was. And of course, did he get it for free? The first-ever Xbox was launched way back in 2001, about twenty years ago.

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Since then, a lot has changed in Xbox. Xbox now offers more power, more immersion, and just a much better experience overall.

Who was the first person to buy the new, industry-leading console?

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None other than Bill Gates handed over the first-ever Xbox Console to Edward Glucksman on November 15, 2001, at Times Square.

Moreover, Bill Gates wanted to be on-site and just wanted to hand over the first-ever Xbox console. Back then, Microsoft painted the whole Times Square green with Xbox logos everywhere.

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The big day- First-ever Xbox Launch

The logo was up on all the big billiards with thousands of people waiting in lines for the launch to buy the console. It was one of those moments of the new millennium and was unforgettable.

They also allowed all the gamers to just hang around and test out all these games on Xbox.

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Remembering the iconic day, Edward Glucksman said, “20 years old, first time going to the city alone. I get on a bus and I show up in Times Square. I go straight to the new Toys “R” Us and I am looking for the line. I’m prepared to stay there all day. Bill Gates is down at a gaming system, shook my hand, and said ‘You ready to Play?’ And then we were playing Fusion Frenzy. He couldn’t beat me. I absolutely took pleasure in beating Bill Gates.

After the ultimate count down, Bill Gates handed over the first-ever Xbox to Edward Glucksman for free, of course. A 20-year-old boy who just wanted to buy an Xbox became popular overnight. It’s something that Glucksman won’t ever be able to forget in this life.

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Currently, Microsoft is actively working to keep its consumers, and users satisfied by expanding its library.

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Vitasta Singh

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Vitasta Singh is an eSports writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her Masters in English Literature from Lovely Professional University. Before joining EssentiallySports she used to write articles for Silver Mantle Solutions on various niches such as games, fitness, business, entertainment, and fashion.

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