The Xbox 360, Microsoft’s uber successful 7th generation console recently celebrated it’s 10th birthday over the weekend. The Cole was originally released via retail on November 22nd 2005.
When the 360 first came out, it was an event marked as the start of HD gaming, something now commonplace in gaming today.
The Xbox 360’s specs at launch were as follows: 3.2 GHz PowerPC Tri-Core Xenon processor that was supported by 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM clocked at 700 MHz and 500 MHz ATI Xenos.
The 360 proved to be a huge success story for Microsoft and established their dominance within the gaming industry with the console managing to sell a smooth 84 million units and the console is still moving units currently.
Consumers will remember that the console was initially hindered by the “red ring of death” problem early in. It was an infamous, console killing problem that affected between 20% and 50% of 360s in the original console cycle. The result of the problem was legal action against Microsoft and hundreds of millions that the company had to pay out to rectify the issue through console replacements and repairs.
There may have never been another console that had so many dramatic changes implemented during its lifespan. The Xbox 360 was the recipient of 3 major dashboard updates with the console jumping from a simple, text-orientated interface to a full media driven service where gamers could do much more then play games. Integral, popular apps such as Netflix, BBC iplayer and Sky became available at the fingertips of a gamer through eventual updates and turned the 360 into so much more than a place to play games.
Lest we forget, the console also received aesthetic changes throughout it’s lifetime. There original 360, the 360 slim and now the very latest 360 model that’s currently on sale all have a distinct look, with the console becoming arguably more beautiful each time. The 360 was a tribute to Microsoft’s ability to stay current and move on with the times. The early implementation of the now dominant streaming services and the modernisation of the console stand as a testament.
This was a great console and a game changer in how it continually changed to meet consumer demands and it’s admirable how the console overcame such controversy at the beginning of its lifecycle. It’s unmatched Xbox Live service created a great sense of community that is yet to be truly challenged and the recent implementation of backwards compatibility within the Xbox One shows that some of the games the 360 gave us were simply timeless.