Xbox virtual museum lets gamers reflect on 20 years in front of the console

Talk about a one-stop destination for those who sometimes take a moment to reflect upon what they’ve done with their lives. Like spending not just countless hours or weeks playing Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto, or Red Dead Redemption, but months, if not years. There’s so much you could have done, including writing the great Canadian novel, perfecting your ice hockey slapshot, or making through every episode of Breaking Bad in a week. Instead you lived in front of the Xbox. Which means you’re going to be thrilled about walking back through the years at the new Xbox 20th anniversary museum.

In what’s good news for COVID-19 agoraphobes, Microsoft’s new metaverse museum only exists in the online world. But that means there’s unlimited space to check in, roam around, and reflect on 20 years of Xbox history.

And the key wore there is history, with the digital museum cataloguing the original Xbox console, as well as the models that have followed over the years: Xbox 360, Xbox One, and the relatively brand-spanking-new Xbox Series X / S consoles.

For those who’d rather look and listen than, you know, read, major moments in the console’s history are often recounted through video. That means getting yourself up to speed on both Xbox many triumphs, and also revisiting some of Microsoft’s more famously boneheaded moves. Those include a failed attempt to purchase Nintendo in 2000, and the famous Red Ring of Death, where Xbox 360 hardware basically imploded. Hands up if you ever found yourself looking at three flashing red lights around the power button, followed by the 360 immediately giving up the ghost.

On the more positive side of things visitors get to not only roam around the museum to their heart’s content, but also hit their own personal Xbox museum. Assuming you’ve owned a console at some point in your life, said personal exhibit catalogues the games you’ve played over the years, as well as that magical moment when you first signed up for Xbox live.

Like a real museum, it’s highly unlikely that you’re going to be alone. Other Xbox users will also be seen wandering around, and you’ve got the option of sharing your history with them.

Museum is free!

The ultimate great thing? Unlike most museums on the planet, this one is completely free on the admission front. But proving that membership does indeed have its privileges, those with an Xbox account will be able to unlock extra goodies, including personal stats and their all-time most-played game.

There are 132 magic moments in history at the Xbox 20th anniversary museum. There is, unfortunately, no wing devoted to the things that you could have been doing had you not spent a good chunk of your life playing video games.

To visit the Xbox 20th anniversary museum, go here. And be forewarned that there seems to be a bit of a wait to get in, which means you’ll be staring at a whirling circle on your browser. Which is better than the Ring of Death.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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