Microsoft Celebrates 20 Years of Xbox
November 15th marked the 20th anniversary since the first release of the original Xbox! Microsoft celebrated the occasion with a livestream on Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube. While most video game industry events are focused on the future of games and technology, Xbox wanted to also celebrate its history.
Microsoft released the first generation Xbox in 2001 as a way to dip into the gaming console market. Competing with Sony’s Playstation 2, Sega’s Dreamcast, and Nintendo’s GameCube, Microsoft was the first American company to release a console. Since their first console release, Microsoft has sold over 160 million Xbox consoles.
The entire livestream was a blend of old and new, featuring clips of previous Xbox events “from the vault”. There were many internet speculations on what might be announced at the event, but let’s break down what was confirmed and announced!