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The Xbox 360 is a home video game console developed by Microsoft. As the successor to the original Xbox, it is the second console in the Xbox series. It competed with Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles. It was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005, with detailed beginand game infoannounced later that month at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The Xbox 360 features an online service, Xbox Live, which was expanded from its previous iteration on the original Xbox and get regular updates during the console's lifetime. Accessiblein free and subscription-based varieties, Xbox Live let users to: play games online; download games (through Xbox Live Arcade) and game demos; purchase and stream music, television software, and movie through the Xbox Music and Xbox Video portals; and admissionthird-party materialservices through media streaming app. In addition to online multimedia features, it let users to stream media from local PCs. Several peripherals have been released, including wireless controllers, expanded hard drive storage, and the Kinect motion sensing camera. The release of these additional services and peripherals helped the Xbox brand grow from gaming-only to encompassing all multimedia, turning it into a hub for living-room computing entertainment.

Launched worldwide across 2005–2006, the Xbox 360 was initially in short supply in many regions, including North America and Europe. The earliest versions of the console suffered from a high failure rate, indicated by the so-called "Red Ring of Death", necessitating an extension of the device's guaranteeperiod. Microsoft released two redesigned models of the console: the Xbox 360 S in 2010, and the Xbox 360 E in 2013. Xbox 360 is the sixth-highest-selling home video game console in history, and the highest-selling console angry by an American company. Although not the best-selling console of its generation, the Xbox 360 was deemed by TechRadar to be the most influential through its emphasis on digital media distribution and multiplayer gaming on Xbox Live.

The Xbox 360's successor, the Xbox One, was released on November 22, 2013. On April 20, 2016, Microsoft announced that it would end the production of freshXbox 360 hardware, although the organizationwill continue to assistancethe platform.



Known during development as Xbox Next, Xenon, Xbox 2, Xbox FS or NextBox, the Xbox 360 was conceived in early 2003. In February 2003, planning for the Xenon programplatform began, and was headed by Microsoft's Vice President J Allard. That month, Microsoft held an happeningfor 400 developers in Bellevue, Washington to recruit assistancefor the system. Also that month, Peter Moore, former president of Sega of America, joined Microsoft. On August 12, 2003, ATI signed on to produce the graphic processing unit for the freshconsole, a deal which was publicly announced two days later. Before the beginof the Xbox 360, several Alpha development kits were spotted using Apple's Power Mac G5 hardware. This was because the system's PowerPC 970 processor running the same PowerPC architecture that the Xbox 360 would eventually run under IBM's Xenon processor. The cores of the Xenon processor were developed using a slightly modified version of the PlayStation 3's Cell Processor PPE architecture. According to David Shippy and Mickie Phipps, the IBM employees were "hiding" their work from Sony and Toshiba, IBM's partners in developing the Cell Processor. Jeff Minter madethe melodyvisualization program Neon which is contain with the Xbox 360.


The Xbox 360 was released on November 22, 2005, in the United States and Canada; December 2, 2005, in Europe and December 10, 2005, in Japan. It was later launched in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, FreshZealand, South Africa, India, and Russia. In its first year in the market, the system was launched in 36 countries, more countries than any other console has launched in a single year.

Critical reception

In 2009, IGN named the Xbox 360 the sixth-greatest video game console of all time, out of a field of 25. Although not the best-selling console of the seventh-generation, the Xbox 360 was deemed by TechRadar to be the most influential, by emphasizing digital media distribution and online gaming through Xbox Live, and by popularizing game achievement awards. PC Magazine considered the Xbox 360 the prototype for online gaming as it "proved that online gaming communities could thrive in the console space". Five years after the Xbox 360's original debut, the well-get Kinect motion capture camera was released, which set the record of being the fastest selling consumer electronic device in history, and extended the life of the console. Edge ranked Xbox 360 the second-best console of the 1993–2013 period, stating "It had its own social network, cross-game chat, freshindie games every week, and the best version of just about every multiformat game...Killzone is no Halo and nowadays Gran Turismo is no Forza, but it's not about the exclusives—there's nothing to trump Naughty Dog's PS3 output, after all. Rather, it's about the choices Microsoft angry back in the original Xbox's lifetime. The PC-like architecture meant the early EA Sports games ran at 60fps compared to only 30 on PS3, Xbox Live meant every dedicated player had an existing mate list, and Halo meant Microsoft had the assassinnext-generation exclusive. And when developers demo games on PC now they do it with a 360 pad—another industry benchmark, and a critical one."


Region Units sold First available
United States 38.8 million November 22, 2005
EMEA region
(Europe, Middle East and Africa)
13.7 million December 2, 2005
United Kingdom 9 million (lifetime sales)
Japan 1.63 million December 10, 2005
Australia & FreshZealand 1 million March 23, 2006
Worldwide 84 million (more...)

The Xbox 360 began production only 69 days before launch, and Microsoft was not able to supply enough systems to meet initial consumer demand in Europe or North America, selling out completely upon release in all regions except in Japan. Forty thousand units were offered for sale on auction site eBay during the initial week of release, 10% of the total supply. By year's end, Microsoft had shipped 1.5 million units, including 900,000 in North America, 500,000 in Europe, and 100,000 in Japan.

In May 2008, Microsoft announced that 10 million Xbox 360s had been sold and that it was the "first current generation gaming console" to surpass the 10 million figure in the US. In the US, the Xbox 360 was the leader in current-generation home console sales until June 2008, when it was surpassed by the Wii. By the end of March 2011, Xbox 360 sales in the US had reached 25.4 million units. Between January 2011 and October 2013, the Xbox 360 was the best-selling console in the United States for these 32 consecutive months. By the end of 2014, Xbox 360 sales had surpassed sales of the Wii, making the Xbox 360 the best-selling 7th-generation console in the US once again. In Canada, the Xbox 360 has sold a total of 870,000 units as of August 1, 2008.

In Europe, the Xbox 360 has sold seven million units as of November 20, 2008. In the United Kingdom, the Xbox 360 had sold 3.2 million units by January 2009, according to GfK Chart-Track. The 8 million unit mark was crossed in the UK by February 2013. Sales of the Xbox 360 would overtake sales of the Wii later that year, making the Xbox 360 the best-selling 7th-generation console in the UK, with lifetime sales over 9 million units. Over 1 million units were sold in Spain across the console's lifecycle.

The Xbox 360 crossed the 1 million units sold in Japan in March 2009, and the 1.5 million units sold in June 2011. While the Xbox 360 has sold poorly in Japan, selling 1.63 million units, it improved upon the sales of the original Xbox, which had sold only 450,000 units. Edge magazine reported that Microsoft had been unable to make serious inroads into the dominance of domestic rivals Sony and Nintendo; adding that lackluster sales in Japan had led to retailers scaling down and in some cases, discontinuing sales of the Xbox 360 completely. The significance of Japan's badsales might be overstated in the media in comparison to overall international sales.


The Xbox 360 sold much better than its predecessor, and although not the best-selling console of the seventh generation, it is regarded as a success since it strengthened Microsoft as a major force in the console market at the expense of well-established rivals. The inexpensive Nintendo Wii did sell the most console units but eventually saw a collapse of third-party programassistancein its later years, and it has been viewed by some as a fad since the succeeding Wii U had a baddebut in 2012. The PlayStation 3 struggled for a time due to being too expensive and initially lacking quality games, making it far less dominant than its predecessor, the PlayStation 2, and it took until late in the PlayStation 3's lifespan for its sales and games to reach parity with the Xbox 360. TechRadar proclaimed that "Xbox 360 passes the baton as the lordof the hill – a position that puts all the more pressure on its successor, Xbox One".

The Xbox 360's advantage over its competitors was due to the release of high-profile games from both first party and third-party developers. The 2007 Game Critics Awards honored the platform with 38 nominations and 12 victory – more than any other platform. By March 2008, the Xbox 360 had reached a software attach rate of 7.5 games per console in the US; the rate was 7.0 in Europe, while its competitors were 3.8 (PS3) and 3.5 (Wii), according to Microsoft. At the 2008 Game Developers Conference, Microsoft announced that it expected over 1,000 games accessiblefor Xbox 360 by the end of the year. As well as enjoying exclusives such as additions to the Halo franchise and Gears of War, the Xbox 360 has managed to gain a simultaneous release of games that were initially designedto be PS3 exclusives, including Devil May Cry 4, Ace Combat 6, Virtua Warrior5, Grand Theft Auto IV, Final Fantasy XIII, Tekken 6, Metal Gear Solid : Rising, and L.A. Noire. In addition, Xbox 360 versions of cross-platform games were generally considered superior to their PS3 counterparts in 2006 and 2007, due in part to the difficulties of programming for the PS3.

TechRadar deemed the Xbox 360 as the most influential game system through its emphasis of digital media distribution, Xbox Live online gaming service, and game achievement feature. During the console's lifetime, the Xbox brand has grown from gaming-only to encompassing all multimedia, turning it into a hub for "living-room computing environment". Five years after the Xbox 360's original debut, the well-get Kinect motion capture camera was released, which became the fastest selling consumer electronic device in history, and extended the life of the console.

Microsoft announced the successor to the Xbox 360, the Xbox One, on May 21, 2013. On April 20, 2016, Microsoft announced the end of production of freshXbox 360 hardware, though the organizationwill continue to provide hardware and programassistancefor the platform as chosenXbox 360 games are playable on Xbox One. The Xbox 360 continued to be supported by major publishers with freshgames well into the Xbox One's lifecycle. Freshtitles were still being released in 2018. The Xbox 360 continues to have an active player base years after the system's discontinuation. Speaking to Engadget at E3 2019 after the announcement of Project Scarlett, the next-generation of Xbox consoles after the Xbox One, Phil Spencer stated that there were still "millions and millions of players" active on the Xbox 360. After the beginof the Xbox Series X and S by the end of 2020, the Xbox 360 still had a 17.7% market share of all consoles in utilizein Mexico; comparatively, newer systems like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 stood at 36.9% and 18.0% market share, respectively.


The Xbox 360 E model, announced at 2013's E3, shares many aesthetics with the Xbox One.

The main unit of the Xbox 360 itself has slight double concavity in matte white or black. The official color of the white model is Arctic Chill. It features a port on the top when vertical (left side when horizontal) to which a custom-housed hard disk drive unit shouldbe attached.

On the Slim and E models, the hard drive bay is on the bottom when vertical (right side when horizontal) and requires the opening of a concealed door to admissionit. (This does not void the warranty.) The Xbox 360 Slim/E hard drives are standard 2.5" SATA laptop drives, but have a custom enclosure and firmware so that the Xbox 360 shouldrecognize it.


Various hard disk drives have been produced, including options at 20, 60, 120, 250, 320, or 500 GB. Inside, the Xbox 360 utilize the triple-core IBM designed Xenon as its CPU, with each core capable of simultaneously processing two threads, and shouldtherefore operate on up to six threads at once. Graphics processing is handled by the ATI Xenos, which has 10 MB of eDRAM. Its main memory pool is 512 MB in size.


Many accessories are accessiblefor the console, including both wired and wireless controllers, faceplates for customization, headsets for chatting, a webcam for video chatting, dance mats and Gamercize for exercise, three sizes of memory units and five sizes of hard drives (20, 60, 120, 250 (initially Japan only, but later also accessibleelsewhere) and 320 GB), among other items, all of which are styled to match the console.

In 2006, Microsoft released the Xbox 360 HD DVD Player. The accessory was discontinued in 2008 after the format war had ended in Blu-ray's favor.


A Kinect sensor device. The Xbox 360 E revision has an additional Xbox logo to the left of the Xbox 360 branding.

Kinect is a "controller-free gaming and entertainment experience" for the Xbox 360. It was first announced on June 1, 2009, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, under the codename, Project Natal. The add-on peripheral enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without a game controller by using gestures, spoken commands and presented objects and photo. The Kinect accessory is compatible with all Xbox 360 models, connecting to freshmodels via a custom connector, and to older ones via a USB and mains power adapter. During their CES 2010 keynote speech, Robbie Bach and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer went on to say that Kinect will be released during the holiday period (November–January) and work with every 360 console. It was released on November 4, 2010.

Xbox 360 Chatpad from the Messenger Kit attached to a wireless controller

AV output


Through AV connector (excluding E models which have no AV connector)

Retail configurations

Xbox 360 Premium
Xbox 360 Arcade (replaced Xbox 360 Core)
Xbox 360 Elite

At launch, the Xbox 360 was accessiblein two configurations: the "Xbox 360" package (unofficially known as the 20 GB Pro or Premium), priced at US$399 or GB£279.99, and the "Xbox 360 Core", priced at US$299 and GB£209.99. The original shipment of the Xbox 360 version contain a cut-down version of the Media Remote as a promotion. The Elite packwas launched later at US$479. The "Xbox 360 Core" was replaced by the "Xbox 360 Arcade" in October 2007 and a 60 GB version of the Xbox 360 Pro was released on August 1, 2008. The Pro packwas discontinued and marked down to US$249 on August 28, 2009, to be sold until stock ran out, while the Elite was also marked down in price to US$299.

Two major hardware revisions of the Xbox 360 have succeeded the original models; the Xbox 360 S (also referred to as the "Slim") replaced the original "Elite" and "Arcade" models in 2010. The S model carries a smaller, streamlined appearance with an angular case, and use a redesigned motherboard plannedto alleviate the hardware and overheating problemsexperienced by prior models. It also contain a proprietary port for utilizewith the Kinect sensor. The Xbox 360 E, a further streamlined variation of the 360 S with a two-tone rectangular case inspired by Xbox One, was released in 2013. In addition to its revised aesthetics, the Xbox 360 E also has one fewer USB port, no AV connector (and thus is HDMI-only), and no longer assistance S/PDIF.


United States


Three red lights on the Xbox 360's ring indicator representing a "General Error requiring service of the Console or Power Adapter," commonly nicknamed the "Red Ring of Death."

The original model of the Xbox 360 has been topicto a number of techissue. Since the console's release in 2005, users have reported concerns over its reliability and failure rate.

To aid customers with defective consoles, Microsoft extended the Xbox 360's manufacturer's guaranteeto three years for hardware failure issuesthat generate a "General Hardware Failure" error report. A "General Hardware Failure" is recognized on all models released before the Xbox 360 S by three quadrants of the ring around the power button flashing red. This error is often known as the "Red Ring of Death". In April 2009, the guaranteewas extended to also cover failures associatedto the E74 error code. The guaranteeextension is not granted for any other kind of failures that do not generate these specific error codes.

Since these issuessurfaced, Microsoft has attempted to changethe console to improve its reliability. Modifications containa reduction in the number, size, and placement of components, the addition of dabs of epoxy on the corners and edges of the CPU and GPU as glue to prevent movement relative to the board during heat expansion, and a second GPU heatsink to dissipate more heat. With the release of the redesigned Xbox 360 S, the guaranteefor the newer models does not containthe three-year extended coverage for "General Hardware Failures". The newer Xbox 360 S and E models indicate system overheating when the console's power button launch to flash red, unlike previous models where the first and third quadrant of the ring would light up red around the power button if overheating occurred. The system will then warn the utilize of imminent system shutdown until the system has cooled, whereas a flashing power button that alternates between green and red is an indication of a "General Hardware Failure" unlike older models where three of the quadrants would light up red.



Rock of Ages, one of many Unreal Engine 3 powered games accessibleon Xbox 360.

The Xbox 360 launched with 14 games in North America and 13 in Europe. The console's best-selling game for 2005, Call of Duty 2, sold over a million copies. Five other games sold over a million copies in the console's first year on the market: Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Dead or Alive 4, Saints Row, and Gears of War. Gears of War would become the best-selling game on the console with 3 million copies in 2006, before being surpassed in 2007 by Halo 3 with over 8 million copies.

Six games were initially accessiblein Japan, while eagerly anticipated games such as Dead or Alive 4 and Enchanted Arms were released in the weeks following the console's launch. Games targeted specifically for the region, such as Chromehounds, Ninety-Nine Nights, and Phantasy Star Universe, were also released in the console's first year. Microsoft also had the assistanceof Japanese developer Mistwalker, founded by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. Mistwalker's first game, Blue Dragon, was released in 2006 and had a limited-edition bundle which sold out quickly with over 10,000 pre-orders. Blue Dragon is one of three Xbox 360 games to surpass 200,000 units in Japan, along with Tales of Vesperia and Star Ocean: The Last Hope. Mistwalker's second game, Lost Odyssey also sold over 100,000 copies.

The 2007 Game Critics Awards honored the Xbox 360 platform with 38 Nominations and 11 Victory.

By 2015, game releases started to decline as most publishers instead focused on the Xbox One. The last official game released for the system was Just Dance 2019, released on October 23, 2018, in North America, and October 25 in Europe and Australia.

As one of the late updates to the programfollowing its discontinuation, Microsoft will add the ability for Xbox 360 users to utilizecloud saves even if they do not have Xbox Live Gold prior to the beginof the Xbox Series X and Series S in November 2020. The freshconsoles will have backward compatibility for all Xbox 360 games that are already backward compatible on the Xbox One, and shouldutilizeany Xbox 360 game's cloud saves through this update, making the transition to the freshconsoles easier.


The Xbox 360's original graphical utilize interface was the Xbox 360 Dashboard; a tabbed interface that featured five "Blades" (formerly four blades), and was plannedby AKQA and Audiobrain. It could be launched automatically when the console booted without a disc in it, or when the disc tray was ejected, but the utilize had the option to choosewhat the console does if a game is in the tray on start up, or if inserted when already on. A simplified version of it was also availableat any time via the Xbox Tutorialbutton on the gamepad. This simplified version showed the utilize's gamercard, Xbox Live messages and mate list. It also permittedfor privateand melodysettings, in addition to voice or video chats, or returning to the Xbox Dashboard from the game.

On November 19, 2008, the Xbox 360's dashboard was modify from the "Blade" interface, to a dashboard reminiscent of that showon the Zune and Windows Media Center, known as the "FreshXbox Experience" or NXE.

Since the console's release, Microsoft has released several updates for the Dashboard software. These updates have contain adding freshfeatures to the console, enhancing Xbox Live functionality and multimedia playback capabilities, adding compatibility for freshaccessories, and fixing bugs in the software. Such updates are mandatory for users wishing to utilizeXbox Live, as admissionto Xbox Live is disabled until the update is performed.[citation needed]

FreshXbox Experience

At E3 2008, at Microsoft's Show, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg and Marc Whitten announced the freshXbox 360 interface called the "FreshXbox Experience" (NXE). The update was intended to ease console menu navigation. Its GUI utilize the Twist UI, previously utilize in Windows Media Center and the Zune. Its freshXbox Tutorialretains all Dashboard functionality (including the Marketplace browser and disk ejection) and the original "Blade" interface (although the color scheme has been modify to match that of the NXE Dashboard).

The NXE also provides many freshfeatures. Registrar shouldnow install games from disc to the hard drive to play them with reduced load time and less disc drive noise, but each game's disc must remain in the system in order to run. A new, built-in Community system let the creation of digitized Avatars that shouldbe utilize for multiple activities, such as sharing image or playing Arcade games like 1 vs. 100. The update was released on November 19, 2008.

While previous system updates have been shop on internal memory, the NXE update was the first to require a storage device—at least a 128 MB memory vehicle or a hard drive.

Microsoft released a further update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard starting on December 6, 2011. It contain a completely freshutilize interface which use Microsoft's Metro design language, and added freshfeatures such as cloud storage for game saves and profiles, live television, Bing voice search, admissionto YouTube videos and better assistancefor Kinect voice commands.


The Xbox 360 assistance videos in Windows Media Video (WMV) format (including high-definition and PlaysForSure videos), as well as H.264 and MPEG-4 media. The December 2007 dashboard update added assistancefor the playback of MPEG-4 ASP format videos. The console shouldalso display pictures and perform slideshows of imagecollections with various transition result, and assistance audio playback, with melodyplayer controls availablethrough the Xbox 360 Tutorialbutton. Registrar may play back their own melodywhile playing games or using the dashboard, and shouldplay melodywith an interactive visual synthesizer.

Music, image and videos shouldbe played from standard USB mass storage devices, Xbox 360 proprietary storage devices (such as memory cards or Xbox 360 hard drives), and servers or computers with Windows Media Center or Windows XP with Service pack 2 or higher within the local-locationnetwork in streaming mode. As the Xbox 360 utilize a modified version of the UPnP AV protocol, some alternative UPnP servers such as uShare (part of the GeeXboX project) and MythTV shouldalso stream media to the Xbox 360, allowing for similar functionality from non-Windows servers. This is possible with video files up to HD-resolution and with several codecs (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV) and container formats (WMV, MOV, TS).

As of October 27, 2009, UK and Ireland users are also able to admissionlive and on-demand streams of Sky television programming.

At the 2007, 2008, and 2009 Consumer Electronics Present, Microsoft had announced that IPTV services would soon be angry accessibleto utilizethrough the Xbox 360. In 2007, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stated that IPTV on Xbox 360 was expected to be accessibleto consumers by the holiday season, using the Microsoft TV IPTV Edition platform. In 2008, Gates and president of Entertainment & Devices Robbie Bach announced a partnership with BT in the United Kingdom, in which the BT Vision advanced TV service, using the newer Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform, would be availablevia Xbox 360, designedfor the middle of the year. BT Vision's DVR-based features would not be accessibleon Xbox 360 due to limited hard drive capacity. In 2010, while announcing version 2.0 of Microsoft Mediaroom, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer mentioned that AT&T's U-verse IPTV service would enable Xbox 360s to be utilize as set-top boxes later in the year. As of January 2010, IPTV on Xbox 360 has yet to be deployed beyond limited trials.[citation needed]

In 2012, Microsoft released the Live HappeningPlayer, allowing for happening such as video game present, beauty pageants, award present, concerts, fresh and sporting happening to be streamed on the console via Xbox Live. The first live happening streamed on Live were the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods, Microsoft's E3 2012 media briefing and the Miss Teen USA 2012 beauty pageant.[citation needed]

XNA community

XNA Community is a feature whereby Xbox 360 registrant shouldgetcommunity-madegames, angry with Microsoft XNA Game Studio, from the XNA Creators Club. The games are written, published, and distributed through a community managed portal. XNA Community provides a channel for digital videogame delivery over Xbox Live that shouldbe free of royalties, publishers and licenses. XNA game sales, however, did not meet original expectations, though Xbox Live Indie Games (XBLIG) has had some "hits."[citation needed]


Xbox Live

When the Xbox 360 was released, Microsoft's online gaming service Xbox Live was shut down for 24 hours and underwent a major upgrade, adding a primarynon-subscription service called Xbox Live Silver (later renamed Xbox Live Free) to its already established premium subscription-based service (which was renamed Gold). Xbox Live Free is contain with all SKUs of the console. It let users to create a utilize profile, join on message boards, and admissionMicrosoft's Xbox Live Arcade and Marketplace and talk to other members. A Live Free accdoes not generally assistancemultiplayer gaming; however, some games that have rather limited online functions already, (such as Viva Piñata) or games that feature their own subscription service (e.g. EA Sports games) shouldbe played with a Free account. Xbox Live also assistance voice the latter a feature possible with the Xbox Live Vision.

Xbox Live Gold contain the same features as Free and contain integrated online game playing capabilities outside of third-party subscriptions. Microsoft has permittedprevious Xbox Live subscribers to maintain their profile information, mate list, and games history when they make the transition to Xbox Live Gold. To transfer an Xbox Live accto the freshsystem, users need to link a Windows Live ID to their gamertag on When users add an Xbox Live enabled profile to their console, they are neededto provide the console with their passport accinfoand the last four digits of their credit vehicle number, which is utilize for verification purposes and billing. An Xbox Live Gold acchas an annual cost of US$59.99, C$59.99, NZ$90.00, GB£39.99, or €59.99. On January 5, 2011, Xbox Live reached over 30 million subscribers.

Xbox Live Marketplace

The Xbox Live Marketplace is a virtual market plannedfor the console that let Xbox Live users to download purchased or promotional content. The service offers filmand game trailers, game demos, Xbox Live Arcade games and Xbox 360 Dashboard themes as well as add-on game content (items, costumes, levels etc.). These features are accessibleto both Free and Gold members on Xbox Live. A hard drive or memory unit is neededto shopproducts purchased from Xbox Live Marketplace. In order to download priced content, users are neededto purchase Microsoft Points for utilizeas scrip; though some products (such as trailers and demos) are free to download. Microsoft Points shouldbe obtained through prepaid cards in 1,600 and 4,000-point denominations. Microsoft Points shouldalso be purchased through Xbox Live with a credit vehicle in 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 5,000-point denominations. Registrar are able to view stuffaccessibleto download on the service through a PC via the Xbox Live Marketplace website. An estimated seventy percent of Xbox Live users have downloaded stufffrom the Marketplace.

Xbox Live Arcade

Xbox Live Arcade is an online service operated by Microsoft that is utilize to distribute downloadable video games to Xbox and Xbox 360 registrant. In addition to classic arcade games such as Ms. Pac-Man, the service offers some freshoriginal games like Assault Heroes. The Xbox Live Arcade also features games from other consoles, such as the PlayStation game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and PC games such as Zuma. The service was first launched on November 3, 2004, using a DVD to load, and offered games for about US$5 to $15. Stuffare purchased using Microsoft Points, a proprietary currency utilize to reduce credit vehicle transaction charges. On November 22, 2005, Xbox Live Arcade was re-launched with the release of the Xbox 360, in which it was now integrated with the Xbox 360's dashboard. The games are generally aimed toward more casual gamers; examples of the more famousgames are Geometry Wars, RoadWarriorII' Hyper Fighting, and Uno. On March 24, 2010, Microsoft introduced the Game Room to Xbox Live. Game Room is a gaming service for Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows that allow players compete in classic arcade and console games in a virtual arcade.

DVD-ROM for Xbox 360

Film & TV

On November 6, 2006, Microsoft announced the Xbox Video Marketplace, an exclusive video shopavailablethrough the console. Launched in the United States on November 22, 2006, the first anniversary of the Xbox 360's launch, the service let users in the United States to download high-definition and standard-definition television present and film onto an Xbox 360 console for viewing. With the exception of short clips, materialis not currently accessiblefor streaming, and must be downloaded. Film are also accessiblefor rental. They expire in 14 days after download or at the end of the first 24 hours after the filmhas begun playing, whichever comes first. Television episodes shouldbe purchased to own, and are transferable to an infinitenumber of consoles. Downloaded files utilize5.1 surround audio and are encoded using VC-1 for video at 720p, with a bitrate of 6.8 Mbit/s. Television materialis offered from MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Turner Broadcasting, and CBS; and filmmaterialis Warner Bros., Paramount, and Disney, along with other publishers.

After the Spring 2007 update, the following video codecs are supported:

  • H.264 video support: Up to 15 Mbit/s, Baseline, Main, and High (up to level 4.1) Profiles with 2 channel AAC LC and Main Profiles.
  • MPEG-4 Part 2 video support: Up to 8 Mbit/s, EasyProfile with 2 channel AAC LC and Main Profiles.

As a late addition to the December Xbox 360 update, 25 film were added to the European Xbox 360 video market territoryon the December 11, 2007 and cost 250 Microsoft points for the SD version of the filmand 380 points for the HD version of the movie. Xbox Live members in Canada featured the ability to go on the Xbox Live Marketplace also as of December 11, 2007 with around 30 film to be downloaded for the same number of Microsoft Points.

On May 26, 2009, Microsoft announced it would release the Zune HD (in the fall of 2009), which was then the next addition to the Zune product range. This was of an impact on the Xbox Live Video Shopas it was also announced that the Zune Video Marketplace and the Xbox Live Video Shopwill be merged to form the Zune Marketplace, which will be arriving on Xbox Live in 7 countries initially, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Ireland and Spain. Further details were released at the Microsoft press symposiumat E3 2009.

On October 16, 2012, Xbox Video and Xbox Melodywere released, replacing the Zune Marketplace. Xbox Video is a digital video service on that offers full HD film and TV series for purchase or rental on Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows RT PCs and tablets, and Windows Telephone.

On August 18, 2015, Microsoft rolled out an update renaming it Film and TV similar to the Windows 10 App.

Groove Music

Xbox Music provides 30 million melodytracks accessiblefor purchase or admissionthrough subscription. It was announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012 and it integrates with Windows 8 and Windows Phone as well.

In August 2015 Microsoft rolled out an update renaming it to Groove Melodysimilar to the Windows 10 App.

Xbox SmartGlass

Xbox SmartGlass let for integration between the Xbox 360 console and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. An applicationis accessibleon Android, Windows Telephone8 and iOS. Registrar of the feature shouldview additional materialto accompany the game they are playing, or the TV present and film they are watching. They shouldalso utilizetheir mobile device as a remote to control the Xbox 360. The SmartGlass functionality shouldalso be found in the Xbox 360's successor, the Xbox One.

Game development

PartnerNet, the developers-only alternative Xbox Live network utilize by developers to beta trygame materialdeveloped for Xbox Live Arcade, runs on Xbox 360 debug kits, which are utilize both by developers and by the gaming press. In a podcast released on February 12, 2007, a developer breached the PartnerNet non-disclosure agreement (NDA) by commenting that he had found a playable version of Alien Hominid and an unplayable version of Ikaruga on PartnerNet. A few video game journalists, misconstruing the breach of the NDA as an invalidation of the NDA, immediately began reporting on other games being tested via PartnerNet, including a remake of Jetpac. (Alien Hominid for the Xbox 360 was released on February 28 of that year, and Ikaruga was released over a year later on April 9, 2008. Jetpac was released for the Xbox 360 on March 28, 2007, as Jetpac Refuelled.) There have also been numerous video and screenshot leaks of game footage on PartnerNet, as well as a complete version of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, which caused for the whole PartnerNet service to be shut down overnight on April 3, 2010. In the following days, Microsoft reminded developers and journalists that they were in breach of NDA by sharing infoabout PartnerNet materialand asked domain to remove lists of games in development that were discovered on the service. Sega utilize feedback from fans about the leaked version of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I to refine it before they eventually released it. Additionally, a pair of hackers played their modded Halo 3 games on PartnerNet in addition to using PartnerNet to searchunreleased and untested software. The hackers passed this infoalong to their mate before they were eventually caught by Bungie. Consequently, Bungie left a message for the hackers on PartnerNet which read "Champion Don't Break Into PartnerNet." Other games that were leaked in the PartnerNet fiasco include Shenmue and Shenmue 2.

See also

Further reading

  • Takahashi, Dean (May 17, 2006). The Xbox 360 Uncloaked: The Real Story Behind Microsoft's Next-Generation Video Game Console. Lulu Press. p. 404. ISBN 978-0977784219.

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Xbox 360
Left: Original model Xbox 360 Premium (2005)
Redesigned slim model Xbox 360 S (2010)
Latest model Xbox 360 E (2013)
DeveloperMicrosoftManufacturerFlextronics, Wistron, Celestica, FoxconnProduct familyXboxTypeHome video game consoleGenerationSeventh generationRelease date
November 22, 2005
  • Original Xbox 360
    • NA: November 22, 2005
    • EU: December 2, 2005
    • JP: December 10, 2005
    • CO|MX: February 2, 2006
    • KR: February 24, 2006
    • AU: March 23, 2006
    • CL: July 7, 2006
    • IN: September 25, 2006
    • ZA: September 29, 2006
    • CZ|PL: November 3, 2006
    • BR: December 1, 2006
    • RU: February 11, 2007
    • PE: February 25, 2008
    • UAE: October 28, 2008
    • SC: Spring 2010
  • Xbox 360 S
    • NA: June 18, 2010
    • AU: July 1, 2010
    • NZ: July 8, 2010
    • EU: July 16, 2010
  • Xbox 360 E
    • NA: June 10, 2013
    • EU: June 20, 2013
Lifespan2005–2016Introductory priceUS$299, 299, £209 (Xbox 360 Core)
US$399, €399, £279 (Xbox 360 (20 GB))Discontinued
  • WW: April 20, 2016
Units soldWorldwide: 84 million (as of June 9, 2014) (details)MediaDVD, CD, digital distribution
Add-on: HD DVD (discontinued)Operating systemXbox 360 system softwareSystem on a chipXCGPU (Xbox 360 S and E models only)CPU3.2 GHz PowerPC Tri-Core XenonMemory
  • 512 MB of unified GDDR3 RAM clocked at 700 MHz
  • 10MB of eDRAM cache on Xenos GPU
Storage media
    • Detachable Hard Drives
      20, 60, 120 or 250 GB (older models); 250, 320, or 500 GB (Xbox 360 S models)
    • 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 32 GB
    • Cloud storage (requires Xbox LIVE Gold Membership)
      2 GB
Video output formats
Graphics500 MHz ATI/AMD XenosSound
  • Analog stereo
  • Stereo LPCM (TOSLINK and HDMI)
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 (TOSLINK and HDMI)
  • Dolby Digital with WMA pro (TOSLINK and HDMI)
Controller input
ConnectivityOriginal models

2.4 GHz wireless, 3 × USB 2.0, IR receiver, 100 Mbit/s Ethernet
Add-on: Wifi 802.11 a/b/g, Wifi 802.11a/b/g/n
Revised "S" models
2.4 GHz wireless, 5 × USB 2.0, Digital Optical audio out, IR receiver, 100 Mbit/s Ethernet, Wifi 802.11b/g/n, AUX port, HDMI port
Revised "E" models

2.4 GHz wireless, 4 × USB 2.0, IR receiver, 100 Mbit/s Ethernet, Wifi 802.11b/g/n, AUX port, HDMI portOnline servicesXbox LiveBest-selling gameKinect Adventures! (24 million as pack-in game for Kinect)BackwardcompatibilitySelected Xbox games (requires hard drive and the latest update)PredecessorXboxSuccessorXbox OneWebsite
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