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Xbox console celebrates 15 years

Original Xbox released in North America 15 years ago

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Microsoft is celebrating the 15 year anniversary of the Xbox this week.

As the first gaming console produced by Microsoft, the November 15, 2001 release of the Xbox in North America was a major moment for both the company and the entire games industry. The original Xbox console gave rise to game franchises like Halo and Forza Motorsport, and helped usher in the online console gaming era with the release of Xbox Live.

Over the years, Xbox has grown to 222,468,423 players, who recorded 100,539,390,670 gaming hours, while unlocking 32,667,582,157 Achievements and a 572,605,554,587 Gamerscore. The number of Xbox Live friendships made is now 4,233,891,482.

To celebrate, Forza team is gifting a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor complete with a custom livery celebrating Xbox’s 15th anniversary. All players will receive this livery for free and Forza Horizon 3 VIPs will receive a bonus truck with an alternative Xbox 15th anniversary livery as well. In addition, there will be a special Bucket List Challenge in Forza Horizon 3.

Fans who log in to Halo 5: Guardians between November 15 at 10AM PT and November 22 at 10AM PT, will receive a free “15th Anniversary REQ Pack”, which contains consumable items for use in Warzone game modes and the Mark IV Gen 1 armor set.

It is estimated the original Xbox sold over 24 million units, while Xbox 360 reached 84 million units.


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