Power On Explores the History of the Xbox

Power On: The History of Xbox, is a six-part docuseries that explores the history of Microsoft's series of home video game consoles.

Published: December 13, 2021 8:59 AM /


The original Xbox.

After announcing it at the Xbox 20th anniversary stream, Microsoft and Xbox have released Power On: The History of Xbox. Taking place over six parts, this docuseries goes over the history of Microsoft's line of home video game consoles.

Power On: The History of Xbox clocks in at about four hours in length as it goes over all of the major bits of the Xbox's history. Viewers will get to see behind-the-scenes footage of the creation, development, production, and even the concept for the console's creation. Fans will also get to hear from a variety of important names behind the Xbox, such as current head of Xbox Studios Phil Spencer, former Xbox head Don Mattrick, and Geoff Keighley.

The six parts are:

  • The Renegades, which explores how the idea for the Xbox began thanks to "a small team of upstarts" convincing Microsoft that it was time to enter the console market.
  • The Valentine's Day Massacre, where the battle to own the living room begins, but not without serious costs and risks.
  • And It Didn't Turn On, where issues before the original Xbox's 2001 launch intensified public doubt about Microsoft's efforts.
  • Cool...Now What?, where the Xbox manages to snag Halo: Combat Evolved as a big reason to pick up their new console.
  • The Red Ring of Death, the infamous console-breaking bug threatens the success of the Xbox 360 in part 5.
  • In TV...Or Not TV, the Xbox One attempts to experiment with expanding out into other entertainment media.

You can watch all six parts of Power On at Xbox's official YouTube channel, Redbox, iMDB TV, Roku, and more.

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