Xbox turned 20 this fall and Microsoft celebrated this in several different ways, one of the most spectacular of which was a six-part documentary series about the creation of the Xbox, called Power On: The Story of Xbox. It not only turned out to offer an interesting story, but was also well presented, contained both good and bad things for the brand, delivered goodies about Nintendo and Sony and much, much more.
We therefore thought it was much better than expected, and that opinion is apparently also shared by the Emmy jury, which has just awarded the series a Daytime Emmy for “Outstanding Single Camera Editing”. This is actually the second major award for the documentary that also won at The Webby Awards in April.
You can watch the trailer for the documentary below, as well as links to each of the six free episodes. We promise that it is well spent time regardless of console preference.
Chapter 1: The Renegades – A small team of upstarts sets out to convince Microsoft that it’s time to enter the console business.
Chapter 2: The Valentine’s Day Massacre – The battle to own the living room is on-but not without significant cost and risk.
Chapter 3: And It Didn’t Turn On – Public doubt intensifies as issues threaten to spoil the 2001 launch for Xbox.
Chapter 4: Cool … Now What? – A console is only as good as its games … and Xbox needs a gamechanger to survive. Enter Halo.
Chapter 5: The Red Ring of Death – The demand for Xbox 360 is at fever pitch, but a critical malfunction threatens its success.
Chapter 6: TV … Or Not TV – Xbox loses its way. Can a former intern get the team back on track?