The Xbox 360 is the second video game console developed by and produced for Microsoft and the successor to the Xbox. The Xbox 360 competes with Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles. As of April 19, 2012, 67.2 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide.
The Xbox 360 was officially unveiled on MTV on May 12, 2005, with detailed launch and game information divulged later that month at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The console sold out completely upon release in all regions except in Japan.
Several major features of the Xbox 360 are its integrated Xbox Live service that allows players to compete online, download arcade games, game demos, trailers, TV shows, music and movies and its Windows Media Center multimedia capabilities. The Xbox Live also offers region specific access to third-party media streaming application such as Netflix and ESPN in the US or Sky Go in the UK.
At their E3 presentation on June 14, 2010, Microsoft announced a redesigned Xbox 360 that would ship on the same day. The redesigned console is slimmer than the previous Xbox 360 model and features integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, TOSLINK S/PDIF optical audio output, five USB 2.0 ports (compared to the three from older versions) and a special AUX port. Older models of the Xbox 360 have since been discontinued. The first new console to be released features a 250 GB hard drive, while a later, less expensive SKU features 4 GB internal storage.
With the announcement of the Xbox 360 S, Microsoft has said that they believe that the console is only mid-way through its life-cycle and will continue through 2015. Development of the system has also been implied by updates Microsoft employees have made to their resumes, which state that they were working on the next Xbox console.
Developer: Microsoft Manufacturer: Flextronics, Wistron, Celestica and Foxconn. Product family: Xbox Type: Video game console Generation: Seventh generation Units sold Worldwide: 67.2 million (as of April 19, 2012) Media: DVD, Compact Disc and Download.
Note: 1080p video playback is limited to content from the Zune marketplace.
Graphics: 500 MHz ATI Xenos
Stereo LPCM (TOSLINK and HDMI)
Dolby Digital 5.1 (TOSLINK and HDMI)
Dolby Digital with WMA pro (TOSLINK and HDMI)
Controller input: 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
*4 Big button pads may be used in addition to other controllers.
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.
Online services: Xbox Live Best-selling game: Kinect Adventures (18 million as pack-in game for Kinect) Backward compatibility: 478 original Xbox games (requires hard drive and the latest update) Predecessor: Xbox