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Microsoft celebrates 20 years of Xbox and Halo with special collection

Do you remember where you were when you played your first game on Xbox?

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Yesterday (13) began the celebrations of 20 years of Xbox launch, which soon afterwards arrived all over the planet. During these two decades the console has already had Mary J. Blige with your music in the first place of Billboard Hot 100, Mosntros SA and Britney Spears setting a new trend in fashion using a dress made entirely of jeans. And best of all, the fans found Master Chief and Cortana – which has become standard on the Windows operating system – for the first time.

However, playing on the Xbox meant connecting your console with three (or more) cables to a standard TV, ordering titles and standing in line at your favorite store to pick them up and play alone, or at a friend's seat sitting next to them on the couch. But that has all changed a lot over the years. Even so, we still have physical games and the queues continue, even with the launches in digital form.

A little of history

The console Original Xbox was released in North America on November 15, 2001, followed by many other releases around the world, including Japan, Australia, Europe, Latin America, China and more! The games were played at 640×480 resolution and you only had 8GB of storage and 64MB of memory to use them. Even a smartphone is stronger than the original Xbox!

The Xbox experience today is totally different. You can now jump to your favorite games on your console Xbox Series X | S at the PRAÇA or on your cell phone. Players can play with - and against - the more than 100 million others who connect to the Xbox every month from around the world. And there is no longer any need to convince everyone in your group to go out and buy a great game. If everyone has the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, just choose your destination from a variety of titles in the catalog and simply start the fun.

Halo: 20 years ago the game started all the Xbox fever

This year not only celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Xbox, but also marks the 20th anniversary of the Halo franchise. That magic moment when the Master Chief first stepped into a mysterious Ring World has been a hallmark of the Xbox experience and, in the past 20 years, Halo has become deeply rooted in the Xbox DNA. In this way, Microsoft will celebrate this milestone, as well as the launch of Halo Infinite, with fans in the second half of the year.

Celebrate with Xbox

20 years is a milestone, especially in the gaming industry. It seems simple to remain among the biggest, but it is not. Companies like Atari have not even reached half of that, and Xbox knows very well that it should enjoy and celebrate alongside those who maintain it: its players. Therefore, check below what the company is planning, via Xbox:

  • #Xbox20: This celebration is focused on you, and we want to hear what the Xbox means to you. Use #Xbox20 on social media to share your favorite Xbox moments, stories, friendships, valuable assets, achievements ... Anything! We'll be asking lots of questions on Xbox social channels and highlighting your answers until November 15th, so stay tuned.
  • Show your love for Xbox and Halo with free birthday themed wallpapers.
  • Register today at Xbox FanFest to participate in FanFest's 20th anniversary activities, including exclusive sweepstakes, FanFest equipment and digital experiences.
  • Personalize your Xbox experience: check out the new 20-year-old gamerpic and the “The Original” profile theme in the “Personalize Profile” menu. For Xbox Series X | S owners, the “The Original” live wallpaper is available in the Personalization menu.
  • Looking for something new to play? check out this collection with some of the best games that have marked the history of the Xbox. You can also find the game collection on the Xbox console by searching for “Xbox Birthday” in the Store.
  • Join us today at Twitch.tv/Xbox at 3pm to start the celebration with our hosts live as they reminisce about two decades of games, while playing the game that started it all - Halo: Combat Evolved via Halo: Master Chief Collection.
  • We’ll keep the fun going in November with more announcements, activities and ways to celebrate. Visit xbox.com/20Years for updated details on birthday activities throughout the year.

The celebrations end on November 15th, and by then the Xbox should present many more surprises.

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