What happened now? It’s not often a gaming company pays tribute to competitors’ products, but it looks like Microsoft is happy to do justice where it needs to be. On Xbox 20th Anniversary Day, the brand posted a tweet featuring four of the most iconic consoles ever made – the original Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube and Sega Dreamcast – with the caption: “One of the best gaming eras. ”
The official Xbox Twitter account posted a message with the hashtag # Xbox20. The four machines descend from what is considered to be the sixth generation of video game consoles, which, as anyone who was at the time can attest, was indeed one of the greatest gaming eras.
– Xbox (@Xbox) November 17, 2021
Based on the release date, the Sega Dreamcast was first released in Japan in 1998 and the rest of the world in 1999 (excluding India, which received it in December 2000). Despite being the best-selling console of the four, those who owned it have fond memories of playing Shenmue, Jet Set Radio and Crazy Taxi. Unfortunately, on March 31, 2001, Sega discontinued the Dreamcast.
Next up is the PlayStation 2. Launched in 2000, Sony’s machine became the most popular console of all time, selling 155 million units. More than 3,800 games have been released for the PS2, with over 1.5 billion copies sold.
The GameCube also celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. The successor to the Nintendo 64 may have sold 10 million fewer units (21 million total) than its predecessor, but owners will still remember this fantastic controller and games like Eternal Darkness, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Resident Evil. 4.
Finally, there is the Xbox. Microsoft’s first foray into the game console world – the first major project produced by an American company since the Atari Jaguar in 1993 – was more powerful than its competitors and the first to have a built-in hard drive. The game roster, which included Halo: Combat Evolved, had a massive US launch and sold 24 million units worldwide; bigger than Sega and Nintendo machines, but it couldn’t compete with the PS2.
Happy big day! 🎉
– PlayStation (@PlayStation) November 15, 2021
The Xbox wasn’t the only one to challenge competing products. PlayStation also congratulated the company on its anniversary.