Xbox is hands down one of the most popular game consoles. Avid gamers love it for its variety of games.
That being said, something not every gamer is aware of is that Microsoft was considering more than 30 project names before settling on Xbox. We can surmise that the final decision was the right one, as the first Xbox model sold 550,000 units in its first week of launching.
Xbox boasts 100 million monthly active users
Interestingly, the gap between two competing game console systems is continuously shrinking. Namely, PlayStation managed to accumulate 109 million monthly active users, with Xbox coming close with its following of 100 million users.
As to why gamers pick one console over the other, it all depends on one's gaming habits, preferred type of controllers, and favourite game genres.
Xbox One offers 2,747 games
That includes both already released and planned games. For comparison, there are 3208 games on PS4.
As mentioned before, Xbox offers a wide array of games — shooters, horror, platform, adventures, racing, and many more. Some of the best games of 2021 are Halo Infinite, Resident Evil Village, Far Cry 6, and Hitman.
Fortnite is the most played game on the console
Fortnite is free to play on Xbox. However, you still need an Xbox Live account. Note that you should also have an Epic Games account since the game utilizes the Epic Games Launcher and API services.
The game, deemed most gamers' go-to, boasts four modes: Battle Royale, Party Royale, Creative, and Save the World.
Xbox has a 36% global market share
According to statistics, the market share of Xbox is at 36%, compared to an impressive 64% of its main competitor, PlayStation. In other words, Xbox is the second-largest console operating system. As of April 2021, the Xbox market share stood at 10.73% in Asia, 28.5% in Europe, and 49.32% in Oceania.
Xbox network gives access to 50 free-to-play games
Xbox network, formerly known as Xbox Live, is the online place for all things Xbox. Users can get the latest games and apps on their console or HD movies and shows on their TV with an Xbox account. It works without the Xbox subscription and gives access to free-to-play games, party chat, and multiplayer mode.
Xbox One connects with voice search assistants
Gamers can now connect their Xbox with voice assistants. Namely, you can use Google Assistant and Alexa to control your console.
That said, make sure that your region supports specific voice assisting features. For instance, Xbox Skill for Alexa is only available in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Italy, Australia, the US, and the UK. In comparison, the Xbox Action for Google Assistant is available in all markets in English. Finally, Gamertag commands are only accessible in the US.
The original Xbox launch helped rake in $750 million in revenue
After considering as many as 30 names for its console, Microsoft settled on Xbox. The console quickly became popular in North America, with Microsoft selling 1.5 million units before the end of 2021.
The company also sold three games for every box, generating $750 million in revenue. In the next four years, Microsoft sold 21 million consoles, establishing itself in the market.
In 2020, Xbox Q4 revenue marked a 64% year-over-year increase
That translates to a whopping $1.3 billion. Driven by record engagement amidst the pandemic, Xbox hardware revenue surged 49%, with Xbox units frequently sold out across the US. Considering that the number of gamers is estimated to surpass 3 billion by 2023, the demand is likely to grow further.
Xbox Live Gold is available in 42 countries
Even though Microsoft plans on expanding, at the moment, there are only 42 countries where users can enjoy Xbox Live Gold.
Note that while some services might be available in your region, others might not be accessible. For example, Argentinian gamers can easily access Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Game Pass for Console. That said, they cannot utilize Cloud Gaming.
Xbox One can be used for more than gaming
The primary purpose of an Xbox is to play online and offline games. However, users can also watch TV shows and movies, listen to music, watch YouTube videos, chat via Skype, browse the web, record their gaming sessions, and access SkyDive.
The Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death cost Microsoft $1 billion
The Red Ring of Death was a hardware error that would mean that Xbox was dead. The issue caused an unacceptable number of repairs and warranty claims which led to a $1 billion loss. Even though the exact cause has never been revealed, analysts claim it could’ve been either the graphics chip or the wrong type of lead-free solder.
Xbox Series X offers improved functionality
Xbox Series X was launched in 2020, and the company promised improved functionality. Xbox Series X comes with 12 teraflops of computing power, compared to 10.28 teraflops offered by the PS5. It also has higher levels of memory bandwidth and more compute units.
Xbox Series X comes with new games
Microsoft decided to launch Xbox Series X with new games, including exclusives like Tetris Effect: Connected, Scorn, The Medium, and more. Avid gamers now have the chance to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of gaming for hours on end.
Xbox is among the best gaming consoles available on the market today. Not only can you enjoy gaming with its help, but you can also watch TV and Skype your friends! The latest statistics show that Microsoft is planning to up its game even further, with its most recent Xbox Series X offering considerably improved functionality.
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