Talking to GamesIndustry, Xbox co-creator Seamus Blackley revealed:
Oddworld Inhabitants' Lorne Lanning also shared details on how Microsoft approached his studio to lure his title Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee away from the PlayStation 2 to the Xbox, with the hardware vendor highlighting the console as primarily targeted towards casual gaming:
Blackley stated that several ideas, including one to acquire Nintendo, were tossed around during the initial days of the console. As it turns out, Microsoft did not give the original Xbox away for free, with the console retailing for $299 in 2001.
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