Xbox consoles celebrate 20 years with Halo, their most iconic video game

This monday is fulfilled 20 years since the launch of the first Xbox, the desktop console that began to popularize online gaming, which debuted alongside the Halo first installment, which today has become one of the most iconic video game sagas on the console.

There for the November 15, 2001One year after the PlayStation 2 was released, Microsoft debuted its first foray into the home console market with the first Xbox, in which it sought to challenge the dominance of Japan’s Sony and Nintendo.

Among its most outstanding features, the original Xbox already had a Ethernet port to connect to the Internet. Microsoft also launched a year later your Xbox Live subscriptions, with which it allowed its users to play games online, a feature that has been extended to all current consoles.

Although with 24 million units sold, with what surpassed Nintendo’s GameCube, the sales of this console could not come close to those of Sony. PS2 is still the best-selling desktop console ever, with more than 157 million units.

However, the original Xbox cemented a family of consoles that has lasted until today, with the Xbox Series X and S, released in November of last year.

From the first generation of Xbox to the present, two other main consoles created by Microsoft have passed: Xbox 360 (2005), the most sold -more than 85 million units-; and Xbox One (2013), which is still marketed to this day and has exceeded 50 million consoles sold.

20 YEARS OF HALO

In addition to the anniversary of the Microsoft console, there are also two decades since the release of the first installment of the first-person shooter Halo, the most popular Xbox exclusive video game franchise.

According to Microsoft data, more than 81 million video games in the Halo series have been sold, with a collection of more than 6,000 million dollars, adding the five installments of the saga and the collection Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

The saga has accumulated more than 1,000 awards and nominations, 100 of them in the ‘Game of the year’ awards for the best game of the year, and its protagonist, Master Chief, is considered one of the best known video game characters along with Mario and Donkey Kong.

Throughout its 20-year history, the saga has experienced several milestones: Halo 2 (2004) introduced online gaming to console gamers; while Halo 4 (2012) was the first title developed by the current studio, 343 Industries, also responsible for Halo 5 (2015), the best-selling game in the franchise.

The sixth main installment of the saga will be released in less than a month, the December 8When the first installment of Halo will be released for the Xbox Series X and S generation: Halo Infinite, which will come to Xbox Game Pass from day one.

By Editor

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