Xbox 360
Xbox 360 black versions
Both the Xbox 360's Elite model (left) and S model (right).
Developer(s) Microsoft
Release Date(s) North America
November 16, 2005
December 2, 2005
December 10, 2005
February 2, 2006
South Korea
February 24, 2006
March 16, 2006
March 23, 2006
July 7, 2006
September 25, 2006
South Africa
September 29, 2006
November 3, 2006
December 1, 2006
February 11, 2007
February 25, 2008
United Arab Emirates
October 28, 2008
Spring 2010
Xbox 360 S
North America
June 18, 2010
July 1, 2010
New Zeland
July 8, 2010
July 16, 2010
Price(s) $199.99 USD (4 GB)
$299.99 USD (250 GB)
Colors White
Units Shipped Worldwide
70 million[1]
Best-selling game Kinect Adventures (18 million)[2]

The Xbox 360 is Microsoft's second video game console. Released in 2005, this system is the successor to the Xbox. A seventh generation console, the Xbox 360 competes with Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii.

The Xbox 360 sports several of the original's features such as Xbox Live, Xbox live arcade, and Windows Media Center. These such applications have been improved with the Xbox 360 model, featuring primarily, much needed third-party support.

Though the system has been in development since 2003, the unveiling of the console took place on May 12, 2005. Since the release of the console in late 2005, the system has garnered total sales nearing 70 million units worldwide.[1]

History Edit

The Xbox 360 began its development when the idea reached inception during 2003.[3] From then, the system underwent planning in early 2003 under the overseeing of Microsoft's Vice President J Allard. Microsoft urged several individuals to examine the device in its production stages.

Throughout late 2003 into 2004, developers longed to take their crack at the new technology Microsoft was in the process of finalizing. The system was eventually taken by a variety of developers such as ATI, Sega, and Apple.[4] The system was to be launched some time in the next year, after the developers began working on the new system-in-development.

The Xbox 360 was released initially in North America on November 22, 2005, launching in thirty-six different countries across the world.[5] The system launch was to be set alongside the development and release of Bungie's Halo 3.[6][7]

At Microsoft's press conference at E3 2010, Microsoft stated they were releasing a new redesigned Xbox 360. This version, the Xbox 360 S, sports new features such as built in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, TOSLINK S/PDIF optical audio output, five USB 2.0 ports and a special AUX port.[8] Upon the release of the Xbox 360 S, the original models of the Xbox 360 have been discontinued.[9]

Today, the Xbox 360 remains to be a popular video game console, still competing with the PlayStation 3 and Wii, as well as Nintendo's Wii U console. The Xbox 360 has sold a grand total of over 70 million units worldwide, still standing strong in the competition.[1]

Technical specifications Edit

  • CPU: 3.2 GHz PowerPC Tri-Core Xenon
  • Memory: 512 MB of GDDR3 RAM clocked at 700 MHz
  • Storage mediums:
    • Detachable Hard Drives; 20 GB, 60 GB, 120 GB, 250 GB, 320 GB
    • Memory Cards (Removable) (Original design only); 64 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB
    • On-board storage chip
      • Arcade Consoles (later models); 256 MB, 512 MB
      • Budget level "Xbox 360 S" consoles; 4 GB
    • USB storage device (requires system software update); 1 GB to 16 GB
    • Cloud storage (requires Xbox LIVE Gold Membership); 512 MB
  • Video output formats
    • Composite video; 480i, 576i (PAL)
    • S-Video; 480i, 576i (PAL)
    • RGB SCART 480i, 576i (PAL)
    • Component (YPBPR); 480i, 576i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
    • D-Terminal (YPBPR); 480i (D1), 480p (D2), 720p (D4), 1080i (D3), 1080p (D5)
    • VGA; 640×480, 848×480, 1024×768, 1280×720 (720p), 1280×768, 1280×1024, 1360×768, 1440×900, 1680×1050, 1920×1080 (1080p)
    • HDMI (later models); 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
    • Note: 1080p video playback is limited to content from the Zune marketplace
  • Graphics: 500 MHz ATI Xenos
  • Sound:
    • Analog stereo
    • Stereo LPCM (TOSLINK and HDMI)
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 (TOSLINK and HDMI)
    • Dolby Digital with WMA pro (TOSLINK and HDMI)
  • Controllers:
    • 4 maximum* (any combination):
    • Xbox 360 Controller (USB wired, 2.4 GHz wireless)
    • Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel
    • Rhythm game controllers
    • Big Button Pads*
    • Xbox 360 Arcade sticks
    • Ace Combat 6 Flight Stick
    • Kinect
    • 4 Big button pads may be used in addition to other controllers.
  • Connectivity:
    • Original models
      • 2.4 GHz wireless, 3 × USB 2.0, IR
      • receiver, 100 Mbit Ethernet
      • Add-on: Wifi 802.11a/b/g, Wifi 802.11a/b/g/n
    • Revised "S" models
      • 2.4 GHz wireless, 5 × USB 2.0, IR receiver, 100 Mbit Ethernet, Wifi 802.11b/g/n, AUX port

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