Each Xbox console generation, ranked

October 8, 2023 by No Comments


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

4. Xbox One (8th Generation)

The Xbox One has seen some of Microsoft’s best and worst moves. It got off to a rocky start with the original plan to require Kinect to be used to use the system, though this quickly backfired, causing a lot of damage with initial sales. This generation also saw the launch of Xbox Game Pass, which became a resounding success with over 30 million concurrent subscribers as it was the most efficient way to play first and second party games on day one. However, the Xbox One doesn’t really have a weak games library when compared to the PlayStation 4 and loses sales by a 2:1 ratio.

3. Xbox Series X (9th Generation)

The Xbox Series X is the current generation console and the most powerful console of all time. Like the PlayStation 5, the Xbox Series X builds on what the previous generation launched. The reason it ranks slightly higher than the Xbox One is because of its extra power, full backwards compatibility with previous generations, as well as its 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 like Halo: Combat Evolved. At the time, the Xbox was the most powerful console on the market, resulting in some incredibly impressive games, including 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 is the mainstay with titles like Halo 3 pushing console online gaming. It’s an amazing console that has seen a lot of innovation and change for the brand, backed by an amazing library of games and exclusives. The Xbox 360 remains a top 5 console for me in gaming history and is worth going back to again and again.


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