Over on Xbox Wire, Major Nelson says today marks the beginning of the festivities and that there’s more to come throughout the year. To start, Microsoft has launched its “first wave” of Xbox 20th Anniversary official gear, which can be found in the Xbox Gear Shop. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Halo franchise, and Microsoft is dishing out some free Halo and Xbox 20th anniversary-themed wallpapers. That’s not all: Microsoft will be holding a special Twitch stream today (11am PT / 2pm ET), where the Xbox team will “reminisce about two decades of gaming” while playing Halo: Combat Evolved via the Halo: Master Chief Collection. Also, make sure you register for Xbox FanFest to participate in some special 20th Anniversary FanFest activities.
Interestingly, Major Nelson also revealed that Xbox gamers have unlocked nearly one trillion Gamerscore in total since achievements launched back in 2005. Here on TA, we’ve tracked exactly 45,395,658,820 of that one trillion Gamerscore (at the time of writing).
Here is how Microsoft is celebrating the anniversary:
Celebrating 20 years of Xbox
- #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 live streaming 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.
Microsoft says it will “keep the fun going” through to November with “more announcements, activities, and ways to celebrate.”
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