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Microsoft celebrates 20 years of Halo and Xbox consoles

Xbox, Microsoft, Halo, 20 year anniversary

Before, there was Atari. Then it was Sega and Nintendo. Sony entered with their PlayStation. At last, at the turn of the century, Microsoft entered the fray, introducing the world to Halo and the Xbox console.

It’s been almost two decades since the release of Microsoft’s Xbox. In 2001, the console came out in the market, and it quickly became the third party in console gaming’s Big Three. Four console generations later and the Xbox brand still stands strong.

In celebration of both Xbox’s and Halo‘s 20-year anniversary, Microsoft will be conducting a six-month experience for gamers. The celebrations will last until November 15, 2021.

Halo and Xbox 20-year anniversary celebration

To celebrate this incredible milestone, Microsoft has prepared a lot of fun activities and perks for fans of Xbox and of the Halo series. Microsoft lists down on their blog post:

  • #Xbox20: This celebration is all about you, and we want to hear what Xbox means to you. Use #Xbox20 on social media to share your favorite Xbox moments, stories, friendships, prized possessions, achievements… anything! We’ll be asking loads of questions on Xbox social channels and spotlighting your answers through November 15, so keep an eye out.
  • Check out the Xbox Gear Shop for the first wave of Xbox 20th Anniversary official gear.
  • Show off your Xbox and Halo love with free anniversary-themed wallpapers.
  • Register today for Xbox FanFest to participate in 20th Anniversary FanFest activities including exclusive sweepstakes, FanFest gear, and digital experiences.
  • Personalize your Xbox experience: check out the new 20-Year gamerpic and “The Original” profile theme in your “Customize Profile” menu.  For Xbox Series X|S owners, “The Original” dynamic background is available in the Personalization menu.
  • Looking for something new to play? Check out this collection featuring some of the greatest games that have marked Xbox history. You can also find the game collection on your Xbox console by searching for “Xbox Anniversary” in the Store.
  • Join us today at Twitch.tv/Xbox at 11am PT / 2pm ET to kick off the celebration with our livestreaming hosts as they reminisce about two decades of gaming while playing the game that started it all – Halo: Combat Evolved via the Halo: Master Chief Collection.
  • We’ll keep the fun going through November with more announcements, activities, and ways to celebrate.  Visit xbox.com/20Years for up-to-date details on anniversary activities throughout the year.