The original Microsoft Xbox console first released in 2001 and worldwide in 2002. The Xbox would prove to be the defining platform that would shape Microsoft’s gaming ambitions and was the first to integrate an internal hard drive, ethernet port and support Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound for gaming. It would introduce the online multiplayer service Xbox Live, classic gaming and indy platform Xbox Live Arcade and although a relatively short lifespan of just a few years before the Xbox 360 was released – it certainly left its impression on the gaming industry.