Yes, it's really been 20 years since the release of the original Xbox - or at least, it will have been on November 15, 2021!

To lead up to that date, Microsoft has begun kicking off the celebrations early, issuing a first wave of 20th anniversary gear into the Xbox Gear Shop, dishing out a bunch of anniversary themed wallpapers, and much more.

In addition, the team has advised fans to register today for Xbox FanFest to participate in 20th Anniversary FanFest activities including exclusive sweepstakes, FanFest gear, and digital experiences.

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It's not just the original Xbox that is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021 - the Halo franchise is also joining in the fun as you can see above, with the team at 343 Industries highlighting the occasion on social media and Halo Waypoint.

You can check out a full rundown of everything Xbox is doing to kick off the celebrations over at the official Xbox Wire website, and Microsoft says it'll have "more fun to share as we get closer to the November 15th anniversary date."

"Whether you have been an Xbox fan since day one or joined Xbox for the first time this week, we are humbled and excited to be a part of the Xbox community with you. As we reminisce together about the memories we’ve shared over 20 years, we also can’t help but be excited about what’s next for Xbox. Imagine what we will do together over the next 20 years!"

How long have you been part of the Xbox family? All 20 years? Let us know down in the comments.

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