Some will inevitably remember, on March 14, 2002, the very first Microsoft video game console was marketed in Europe. The Xbox, launched in mid-November 2001 in the United States, landed in stores with its oversized controller, but also with a rather seductive line-up, since Dead or Alive 3, Oddworld: Munch’s Odyssey, Project Gotham Racing and (especially ) Halo were featured at launch.
An easter egg for the first Xbox, discovered 20 years later
In a few months, we will therefore be celebrating the 20 years of the very first Xbox, an event that Microsoft should not (we hope at least) not let pass. In the meantime, we obviously thought we had made the tour of this first console signed Microsoft, but a developer wanted to confirm that an easter egg, present within the interface of the machine, had never been discovered. Note that the recent Xbox Series update allows you to enjoy an animated wallpaper in tribute to this first Xbox.
Indeed, the developers of the time had fun hiding a little secret at the very heart of the Xbox interface. A well-kept secret since the latter was not discovered until 20 years later, but we have to admit that without the help of a developer, the latter would probably never have been brought to light.
Indeed, to activate this mysterious easter egg, it is necessary to engage in a rather restrictive manipulation. The operation consists of inserting an audio CD into the machine, and saving it in the machine’s memory. You must then rename the album to “Timmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!“. Therefore, by returning to the main menu, you have to go to the System tab.
The easter egg then appears in broad daylight, and materializes by the display of the developers behind the very first Xbox dashboard, instead of the legal notices that usually appear. So of course, the manipulation is quite restrictive, and the result is all in all rather anecdotal, but it is astonishing to see that such a secret could have been kept for almost 20 years. Remember that Nintendo’s GameCube interface also hid some rather funny secrets.