Xbox 360

Microsoft's seventh-generation and second home video game console

The Xbox 360 is the second video game console released by Microsoft, after the Xbox. It was released on November 22, 2005, 1468 days after the first Xbox. The Xbox 360 competed against the Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3. All three are called next-generation or seventh generation consoles.[source?] The Xbox 360 was officially revealed on MTV on May 12, 2005. The Xbox One, the successor (it came after) to the Xbox 360, was announced on May 21, 2013. Even though the Xbox One was released on November 22, 2013, the Xbox 360 continued to be made until April 20, 2016. Games are no longer being made for the Xbox 360.

Xbox 360
Xbox 360 logo
Left: Xbox 360 Elite, Center: Xbox 360 S and new-style controller, Right: Xbox 360 E and new-style controllerLeft: Xbox 360 Elite, Center: Xbox 360 S and new-style controller, Right: Xbox 360 E and new-style controllerLeft: Xbox 360 Elite, Center: Xbox 360 S and new-style controller, Right: Xbox 360 E and new-style controller
Left: Original model Xbox 360 Premium (2005)
Redesigned slim model Xbox 360 S (2010)
Latest model Xbox 360 E (2013)
ManufacturerFlextronics, Wistron, Celestica, Foxconn[1][2]
Product familyXbox
TypeHome video game console
GenerationSeventh generation
Release date
November 22, 2005[5]
  • 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
Introductory priceUS$299, 299, £209 (Xbox 360 Core)
US$399, €399, £279 (Xbox 360 (20 GB))
  • WW: April 20, 2016[6]
Units soldWorldwide: 84 million (as of June 9, 2014)[7] (details)
MediaDVD, CD, digital distribution
Add-on: HD DVD (discontinued)
Operating systemXbox 360 system software
System-on-chip usedXCGPU (Xbox 360 S and E models only)
CPU3.2 GHz PowerPC Tri-Core Xenon
  • 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 [8]
Video output formats
Graphics500 MHz ATI/AMD Xenos
  • 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[11]
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 port
Online servicesXbox Live
Best-selling gameKinect Adventures! (24 million as pack-in game for Kinect)[12][13]
Selected Xbox games[14][15] (requires hard drive and the latest update)
SuccessorXbox One





Before Microsoft revealed the console's real name, it was called the Xbox 2, Xbox NE, Xbox HD, Xbox FS, and other names.[16] During the development, Microsoft, said it would launch the High-Definition era for video game consoles, promising visuals that would look better and much more real. The Xbox 360 uses standard DVDs to play games and other media.[17]



The Xbox 360 was released in the United States and Canada on November 22, 2005[18] in Europe on December 2, 2005, and in Japan on December 10, 2005. It was later launched in Malaysia, Mexico, Colombia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, India, Brazil, Poland, Czech Republic, and Russia. When the console was first released in North America, demand was more than the supplies and the console sold out at many stores. Many people sold the console on eBay for higher prices, and it was not until early 2006 that the Xbox 360 became more available in stores again.



The Xbox 360 was discontinued worldwide on 20 April 2016.


  • Xbox 360 Core – this was the first basic package of the Xbox 360, featuring only the console and a wired controller. This has been discontinued and replaced by the Arcade as the cheapest model.
  • Xbox 360 Arcade – this was the second basic package of the Xbox 360, featuring only the console with HDMI output capabilities, a wireless controller, a 256 megabyte (MB) memory card, 5 Xbox Live Arcade games and Standard-definition video cables.
  • Xbox 360 (commonly called the Premium or Pro) – this package was featuring the console (with HDMI output), 60 gigabyte (GB) hard drive, wireless controller, Ethernet cable, headset, High-definition video cables and one month Xbox Live Gold trial.
  • Xbox 360 Elite – this was the most expensive package of the Xbox 360, featuring a black-colored console (with HDMI output), HDMI cable, 120 GB hard drive, headset, wireless controller, Ethernet cable, High-definition video cables and one month Xbox Live trial.
  • Xbox 360 Slim - Piano Black (Matte Black on the 4 GB console), HDMI, 250 or 120 GB HDD and 4 GB SSD, headset (120/250 GB consoles only), wireless controller, ethernet cable, HD video cable, one month Xbox Live trial.
  • Xbox 360 E - Half gloss, half matte finish, HDMI, one month Xbox Live membership trial, comes in 4GB and 250 GB models.



The Xbox 360 is a multimedia console. It can play music and videos streamed or downloaded from a computer. It can also play DVDs, as well as HD-DVDs if a HD-DVD Drive is connected. The Xbox 360 plays games on either a disc or on its hard drive. There are many games for Xbox 360.



The NXE (New Xbox Experience) update had many new features. One new feature is an avatar (profile picture) system. You can make the avatar look like you. The avatar is used in games and more. The menus were changed too. The NXE shows your friends and what they are doing. Another new feature is the ability to add people to an Xbox Live Party. People can talk online in a party. It does not matter if you are on the dashboard or playing another game. Up to seven of your friends or anyone else can join a party. Another option is to add friends to the party and game, which will invite them to both your game and party.

Xbox Live now has Facebook, Twitter, and You can use them on Xbox Live, but some features are different. 1080p High definition movies are also on Xbox Live. You can pay to download them.

The most recent update on the Xbox 360 was allowing users to input a USB memory device, allowing USB drives with memory over 1 GB to be used for storing data such as avatar items, or game saves, up to a maximum of 16 GB of data.



A number of accessories can be purchased for the Xbox 360. These include both wired and wireless controllers, custom faceplates that cover the front of the console, headsets for chatting while online, a webcam, a steering wheel for driving games and various other accessories.

Kinect is a major accessory that Microsoft made for the Xbox 360. It is a way to control games without a controller. Kinect was released in stores in late 2010. It won many awards, including "Fastest selling consumer electronics device" by the Guinness World Records.[19] When it was first being made, it was called Project Natal.

Red Ring of death

The "red ring of death" being displayed on a Xbox 360 console, 3/4 red lights flashing on the console to indicate that it is not functioning

The Xbox 360 Red Ring of death issue is very common on older consoles. When this happens, what is known as the Red Ring of Death (RRoD) appears: three of the four warning lights surrounding the power button on the console flash in red. The Red Ring of Death shows that there is a hardware problem, which usually means that the console no longer works. The white Arcade console breaks down a lot. On later models for example, the Xbox 360 S, these three lights show that there is an over-heating problem.



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