Microsoft has just opened a very special, entirely virtual museum dedicated solely to its Xbox console, all generations combined.
November 15 marked the anniversary of the Microsoft green-logo console, which the company has been celebrating with great fanfare ever since. Like a cherry on the cake, Microsoft has just announced the opening of a museum entirely dedicated to its Xbox console… and totally virtual. In this museum, 20 years of common and personal memories are piled up and you are free to walk there, alone or with friends.
Remembering the good old days
This experience, which looks like the beginning of a metaverse, offers you to virtually stroll through several areas, dedicated to each Xbox console. There are therefore 4 distinct zones which bring together all the most striking memories for each generation. For example, for the Xbox 360, you will be entitled to some memories of the launch of Xbox Live Arcade, or of the Red Ring of Death, which still haunt players of the time.
But that’s not all, since Microsoft is also betting on the nostalgic and personal side of Xbox. Before being a console, it mainly tells the story of players, children, adolescents, or adults who have forged their own memories, and who have forgotten some. To remind them, Microsoft has planned a sort of retrospective through a slew of unnecessary statistics, but interesting nonetheless.
This will help you remember which games you played the most each year for 20 years, or what your first achievement badge was. A few collector’s items also adorn the walls and hallways, including some weapons or vehicles straight out of the Halo franchise, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
An easter egg that we never expected
Among the memories of the area dedicated to the first Xbox, there is an interesting detail about the history of the company. Between the time the console has been approved and its construction funded, and the time the first prototype is unveiled, we see a letter, written by Microsoft, at a time when the company was trying to buy … Nintendo.
We told you about it a few months ago, and it’s something Microsoft fully assumes. It’s part of his story so there is no reason to hide it. However, we already know that the situation did not go as planned at the time, and that Nintendo had literally laughed in the face of the company. To visit the Xbox Virtual Museum, go to here. To enter, all you need to do is identify yourself with your Microsoft account.