POWER ON: The Story of Xbox Documentary is Now Available

During Xbox’s 20th anniversary event, Microsoft announced that they, in collaboration with ten100 Productions, would be releasing a six part documentary called Power On: The Story of Xbox, exploring the history of the brand. Starting this week, all six episodes of the series are available for free on Xbox’s YouTube channel.

We’ve embedded the documentary series here as well. Here’s the official synopsis:

“Xbox almost didn’t happen. Find out why in this behind-the-scenes, six-part series that takes you back to the scrappy beginnings of Microsoft’s video game console. It’s the untold story of the people behind the box, glitches and all.”

Power On: The Story of Xbox Synopsis
Chapter One: The Renegades
Chapter Two: The Valentine’s Day Massacre
Chapter Three: And It Didn’t Turn On
Chapter Four: Cool…. Now What?
Chapter Five: The Red Ring of Death
Chapter Six: TV… Or Not TV

The documentary was surprisingly open and fascinating even though it was sanctioned by Microsoft and had to be approved at some point. There are as many faults admitted as there was praise for the people involved throughout Xbox’s twenty year history. It felt more real in terms of the stories they were telling, the experiences, and actually showing how down the culture was and less like promotional and marketing materials.

What are your thoughts on the documentary? Let us know in the comments or in our Discord or Facebook group!

SourceXbox on YouTube


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