Microsoft's new online museum celebrates 20 years of Xbox

It’s been 20 years since Microsoft unveiled the original Xbox which, incidentally, is the only model of the company’s games console I’ve ever owned.

Although I’m a PlayStation gamer, I’m also interested in consoles of the past, and for that reason I’ve spent an enjoyable hour exploring Microsoft's new Xbox Museum. This site lets you discover the history of the brand and also the history of Halo, Microsoft's most famous gaming series.


Offering 132 highlights, the museum has sketches of early prototypes to view, as well as numerous videos to watch. If you’ve owned different Xbox models over the years you can sign into your Xbox account and take a look at your own journey.

As well as the console’s many triumphs, the museum also dips into less successful historical moments, such as Microsoft’s failed attempt to buy Nintendo, and the infamous Red Ring of Death error that plagued the Xbox 360.

The Settings cog at the top right of the museum lets you change the camera POV from 1st to 3rd person, invert the XY Axis, and toggle motion and/or sound FX on or off.

You can explore the Xbox Museum here.

What memories do you have of Microsoft's gaming console?

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