15 years ago on November 15th of 2001, the Xbox gaming console made its debut in the North America, today in a celebratory post Microsoft shared jaw dropping states of the Xbox rise, which involves the rise of game franchises like Halo and Forza Motorsport, and also helped usher in the online console gaming era with the release of 'Xbox Live'.
- "Number of players: 222,468,423
- Number of total gaming hours: 100,539,390,670
- Number of total multiplayer hours: 29,000,304,183
- Number of Achievements unlocked: 32,667,582,157
- Gamerscore racked up: 572,605,554,587
- Highest Gamerscore: 1,416,465
- Number of Xbox Live friendships made: 4,233,891,482."
A tweet revealing that the original Xbox prototype was an "X" literally.
Microsoft has also created a variety of new Halo and Xbox themed "Xbox Gamerpics for Xbox Live" users to use as their account profile pictures.
Microsoft's Mike Ybarra in a official tweet earlier today revealed that the Blu-ray Player app for the Xbox One would be getting an update with added support of 4K television sets.
"Yes, the BR app on Xbox One will soon upscale to 4K for those with 4K TVs," Ybarra tweeted.
While the Xbox One S game console already support 4K UHD Blu-ray, and it also enables High Dynamic Range (HDR) for gaming, "this update will allow upscaling regular Blu-rays when played on 4K television sets."
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday almost here, Microsoft is offering $50 Off on Xbox One S, and up to 50% off on games and more. Starting at $249, you can now get Xbox One S, and Gears of War 4, is now a $25 off.
But the deals don't end there, see a quick list below of more than 250 Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on Xbox One and Xbox 360 digital games, movies and TV shows, plus exclusive digital offers for Xbox Live Gold members:
- Nov. 20 – 23: Looking to beat the Black Friday crowds? You can save $50 on any new 1TB Xbox One or Xbox One S.
- Nov. 24 – 28: Get any new Xbox One S starting at $249 – its lowest price ever. This includes savings on all Xbox One S bundles available this holiday season.
- Save $25 on Gears of War 4 bundled with the entire Gears Xbox 360 Collection and save $20 on ReCore at participating retailers nationwide.
- Xbox Live Gold members get early access to weeklong Black Friday deals on Nov. 18 before the general public jumps in Nov. 22 – 28. Check back for even more great deals that will run over the Black Friday weekend, Nov. 25 – 28.
- Xbox Live Gold members also save up to 10% more on most sale titles, so go Gold to reap the benefits.
- Save big on the top blockbuster titles including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and ReCore. Purchase one of these Xbox Play Anywhere digital games and play it on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC at no additional cost.
- Get big discounts on Windows 10 games, including Quantum Break, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Batman: The Telltale Series and Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition.
- Nov. 24 – 28: Save $25 on Gears of War 4 (contains five games including Gears of War 4 and the Gears Xbox 360 Collection) and $20 on ReCore at participating retailers nationwide.
Deals on Xbox Live and Xbox accessories:
- Nov. 24 – 28: Save $10 on 3-month or 6-month Xbox Live Gold memberships at participating retailers nationwide.
- Nov. 24 – 28: Save $10 on Xbox Stereo Headsets at participating retailers nationwide.
- Nov. 24 – 28: Save $10 on select Xbox Wireless Controllers at participating retailers nationwide.
- Nov. 24 – 28: Get free engraving when you design a personalized Xbox Wireless Controller with Xbox Design Lab.
Check more information at Xbox Wire.
FandangoNOW, who had recently released an app for Xbox One, today tweeted by activating it on your Xbox One, gamers can get upto 50% off of their first purchase. With movies like Suicide Squad and Kubo and the Two Strings now available to buy.
Microsoft is also setting up kiosks around its Xbox offices that will allow any employee to hop on Xbox Live for a quick multiplayer match. To get playing, all you need to do is follow the Club named "Celebrate 15 Years of Xbox," or the "Halo" Club to take on the developers.
Update 12/13: With new Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app, you can now stream One games to Oculus Rift, and will need Oculus Rift running on a Windows 10 PC and an Xbox One on the same network.
Simply download the Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app in the Oculus Store and fire it up. Once you load the app, you can select your Xbox One on the list. As soon as you've connected to your Xbox One, you'll see a streaming image straight from your console.
Use the app to connect to your console and watch your games come to life on a huge virtual screen in three immersive virtual theaters. Here's what is you need:
- Oculus Rift running on a Windows 10 PC (Not sure if your PC is powerful enough to drive VR experiences? Visit this link to check.)
- Xbox One
- Xbox One controller – remember, an Xbox One controller comes with every Xbox One console sold at retail and comes with every Rift sold at retail
- Free Xbox Live account
- Free Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift app
- Network connection