It has been 15 years since the first Xbox was launched by none other than Bill Gates – now, the name Xbox represents a massive gaming community, with a lot of good and some of the bad.
The Xbox was the first gaming console produced by Microsoft, released on November 15th, 2001; a category once dominated by Asian companies such as Sega, Nintendo, and Sony, now had an American competitor – one with enough money to give them a fierce competition.
Indeed, that is exactly what happened – while companies such as Sega stopped making consoles, and Nintendo took a back foot focusing on the niche they were best at, Sony and Microsoft today are constantly fighting for the throne.
As it is with every industry, competition is a great thing for consumers – this competition has given players incredible games such as the Halo and Forza series for the Xbox.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Xbox, Microsoft has released some interesting statistics.
- Xbox has over 222,468,423 players – Microsoft hasn’t made it clear if this number includes all users or only the active. For comparison, the PlayStation Network has 65 million active players, while Steam has 125 million active players. The Xbox number sure look like the total accounts created in the past 15 years.
- Xbox players have played for a total of 100,539,390,670 hours – that’s 100 billion hours. Netflix, for example, revealed this year that its users had watched just over 42 billion hours worth of content since its inception.
- The hours spent playing multiplayer games make up for a surprisingly small amount of these 100 billion hours – Xbox players only played 29,000,304,183 hours of multiplayer these past 15 years.
- Achievements have become an integral part of the social gaming experience: Xbox players have unlocked over 32,667,582,157 of them.
- Gamerscore is Xbox’s weird way of rewarding the most loyal of Xbox players – a total of 572,605,554,587 have been racked up in 15 years by Xbox players.
- The highest Gamerscore anybody has ever had is 1,415,465 – that’s a lot of gaming for one person.
- Xbox has created just over 4,233,891,482 friendships via Xbox Live in these past 15 years.
These statistics showcase the incredible growth of Xbox – now that it is turning into a unified ecosystem with Windows 10, it’s only going to get bigger and better.
A gaming console isn’t worth much if it doesn’t have games; exclusive launch titles accompany every console release – for the original Xbox on November 15th, it was Halo: Combat Evolved.
Halo, of course, ended up becoming a cultural phenomenon and one of the best first person shooters to have ever existed; the singleplayer gained critical acclaim from the players to the critics.
For the players of Halo 5, logging into the game between November 10th 10 AM PT to November 22nd 10 AM PT, will give them a free anniversary REQ pack, which includes some classic Halo weapons that you can use in the Warzone modes, as well as the Mark IV armor set.
Microsoft’s recently released Forza Horizons 3 is also getting some goodies – all Forza Horizon 3 players are getting a free 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor with a custom livery celebrating Xbox’s 15th anniversary.
Forza Horizon 3 VIP’s, will get two of these trucks, but the 2nd one has an alternative anniversary livery.
The Next 15
You can read more about the celebration at Xbox’s official blog; the past 15 years have been exciting – the two biggest consoles makers have been in a tough battle, and it doesn’t show a sign of stopping anytime soon.
The PS4 Pro released just a few days ago – on 11th November – and Xbox’s Project Scorpio is planned for release sometime next year. These mid-generation console versions are not common to see – but they do indicate where the consoles are headed, with more frequent and smaller hardware updates.
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