Every Xbox Console Generation, Ranked

By the end of the 1990s, the gaming industry was dominated by three companies, Nintendo, Sony, and Sega. But with Sega bowing out at the turn of the millennium, that left room for Microsoft to enter the conversation with the Xbox in 2001. In total, there have been four different Xbox consoles released over the past two decades, here are all of the Xbox consoles ranked from worst to best.

4. Xbox One (8th Generation)

The Xbox One saw some of Microsoft’s best and worst moves play out on it. It got off to a rocky start with the original plan for having Kinect be essential to use the system, although this was quickly backtracked it caused a lot of damage with early sales. This generation also saw the launch of Xbox Game Pass which has proved to be incredibly successful with over 30 million concurrent subscribers as it is the most efficient way of playing first and second-party games on day one. However, when compared to the PlayStation 4 the Xbox One doesn’t really stack up with a weaker library of games and losing out on sales at over a 2:1 ratio.

3. Xbox Series X (9th Generation)

The Xbox Series X is the current generation console and is the most powerful console of all time. Like the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X builds upon what the previous generation started. The reason it ranks slightly higher than the Xbox One is due to its extra power, its full backward compatibility with the previous generations, as well as an already great library of titles including Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, and Starfield.

2. Xbox (6th Generation)

The original Xbox saw Microsoft enter the console market in 2001 and they came out of the gate swinging with titles such as Halo: Combat Evolved pushing the genre forward. At the time, the Xbox was the most powerful console on the market which resulted in some incredibly impressive games including the console-exclusive versions of The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

1. Xbox 360 (7th Generation)

When it comes to the 7th generation the Xbox 360 reigns supreme with titles such as Halo 3 pushing console online gaming into the mainstream. It was a fantastic console that saw a lot of innovation and changes for the brand, backed by an incredible library of games and exclusives. The Xbox 360 remains a top 5 console for me across gaming history and one that is worth going back to time and time again.

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