After the success of Microsoft’s first video game platform the Xbox, the company that Bill Gates built had decided to one up themselves while competing against the likes of Sony and Nintendo with the successor to their first console.
The Xbox 360 was not only 3x as powerful as the original Xbox console but spearheaded the 7th Generation race with advanced Wi-Fi capabilities, an intuitive wireless controller and the first gaming set top device that can stream your very own video and music library from a PC as well utilize apps such as Netflix. Not to mention that it was the first console that could upscale video resolution from 720 to 1080 progression, that provides a much cleaner aesthetic. You can actually see the blades on the fucking grass!
The console’s graphic processing engine was well utilized courtesy of Epic games groundbreaking title Gears of War-a Microsoft exclusive title with familiar Sci-Fi Movie tropes helped to increase the console’s revenue while the anticipated sequel Halo 3 further cemented Xbox 360’s success. It was this very commercial that had my jaws drop and convince me to purchase the 360;
Another interesting feature would be the ability to add your very own music while playing video game titles. Previously on the Xbox the custom soundtrack option could be only used for certain game discs that were encoded with this option.
I can’t neglect mentioning the revolutionary “Xbox live” service that allow gamers to play online from e-sports to co-op shooters, adventure titles and RPGs. With said service, subscribers were allowed to download free games and purchase Download Content (DLC) that often extends the game as supplemental material. However, the console is not without its share of problems. One in particular was the infamous “Red Ring of Death”. Due to the faulty chipset design of the first model, RRoD usually occurs whenever there’s a power surge problem or in the case of the system overheating.
The only “remedy” for this dilemma would be to return the defective console back to the manufacturer for a replacement providing of course that it’s still under warranty.
There’s also reports of scratched discs due to the drive spinning the discs at a rapid rate and I wasn’t particularly happy with the proprietary accessories such as the 64 MB memory cards or the expensive wireless adapter.
However, these problems were quickly alleviated thanks to a total redesign overhaul ushering in the highly superior Xbox 360 S as in Slim!
“But does it come in Black”? Here’s the skinny on Xbox Slim:
Not only was this model thinner with a glossy black finish, but also the consoles motherboard design was implanted to prevent the system from overheating and its bus allowed up to four USB ports, a bigger sized hard drive and a built in Wi-Fi adapter.
There was no longer a need for MS proprietary memory cards especially when storage was limited to a meager 64 bits. Now you can store content up to 16 GB from any USB thumb drive! This should have been the model during the consoles release but as they say-
“In order to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs”.
Along with the skinnier design, there was various versions that range from an all yellow Simpsons theme, a red console in honor on Resident Evil 5 to a Halo Reach and Gears of War 3 platform that made sounds reminiscent to their respective games. That being said, these designs somewhat pale compare to community modders who really put a lot of effort with these custom models!
Despite its lack of reception in the UK and especially Japan, the Xbox 360 held its own when measured up against the likes of Nintendo’s Wii/U and specifically the Sony PlayStation 3. I must say that Microsoft’s second game console is now among my top favorites courtesy of their first party titles and amazing innovations that many game consoles and devices utilize nowadays.
So raise your glasses in one hand and the control pad in the other for one of the longest living and successful video game consoles in history.
Happy 10th Anniversary 360!
Made in America, Fuck Yea!
Stalks Top Ten games released for the Xbox 360
(Yeah, some of the games were not 3rd party exclusives but overall, the 360 had the better resolution and the controller was more intuitive than the PS3’s.)
1. Gears of War
3. Batman: Arkham City
4. Halo Reach
5. Call of Duty Black Ops 2
6. Resident Evil 5
7. Marvel Ultimate Alliance
8. Sonic Racing Transformed
Forza Motorsport 4 [PROTOTYPE]
10. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3