Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Xbox 360 Just Turned 10

Xbox 360 10th Birthday
Microsoft’s most successful home console celebrated its 10th year after it was launched on 22 November 2005.

The Xbox 360 brought multiplayer gaming to the forefront of the console world, demonstrated that game systems could do a lot more than play games, sucked everyone in with its addictive Achievements, and hosted some of the biggest games in the industry's history.

However, its start was unimpressive. Rather than unveiling the system at a game industry trade show or news conference, Microsoft opted to debut the Xbox 360 on MTV in a show hosted by Elijah Wood.

Even by 2005 standards, it was a painful thing to watch. It featured odd cameos from "The Killers," the "Pimp My Ride" crew, and Lil' Jon. A model strutted through the crowd with a courier bag before plopping the system on a pedestal. Wood uttered the phrase "uber-gamers" and made shadow puppets in front of Xbox 360 artwork.

Things only got worse once the system was in the wild. The Xbox 360’s launch lineup was uninspired, and the infamous "Red Ring of Death" rendered thousands of consoles useless, forcing Microsoft to repair units free of charge.

Microsoft lost a lot, but now it has gain some more with Xbox 360's heir apparent - Xbox One.

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