Microsoft Xbox 360

The Microsoft Xbox 360 is the second console in the Xbox series and was released December 2005 in Europe as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles. Competing with Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii. The early consoled suffered from a high failure rate, indicated by the so-called “Red Ring of Death”, necessitating an extension of the device’s warranty period. This hurt initial sales of the consoles especially in Japan where Microsoft consoles tend to sell poorly anyway. Despite the initial teething problems the Xbox 360 is the sixth-highest-selling home video game console in history, and the highest-selling console made by an American company.

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. 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.

The original Xbox 360 features a port on the top when vertical (left side when horizontal) to which a custom-housed hard disk drive unit can be attached, these hard drives could be swapped out for larger capacity ones when needed. It also had the ability to swap faceplates for customization.

The Xbox 360’s online service, Xbox Live, expanded from its previous iteration on the original Xbox and included game achievement awards for the first time.

The Xbox 360 quickly became a multimedia hub as well as being a games console. Music, photos and videos can be played from standard USB mass storage devices, Xbox 360 storage devices and servers or computers running Windows within the local-area network in streaming mode.
As of October 27, 2009 UK and Ireland users are also able to access live and on-demand streams of Sky television programming.

Five years after the Xbox 360’s original debut, the Kinect motion capture camera was released, which enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without a game controller by using gestures and spoken commands. The Kinect set the record of being the fastest selling consumer electronic device in history.

Microsoft released two redesigned models of the console: the Xbox 360 S in 2010, and the Xbox 360 E in 2013.

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, with a redesigned motherboard designed to combat the overheating issues experienced by prior models.

The Xbox 360 E, a further streamlined variation of the 360 S with a two-tone rectangular case taking most of its design cues from the first Xbox One model. In addition to its revised aesthetics, the Xbox 360 E also has one fewer USB port and has the AV connector replaced with a jack for a breakout AV cable. The touch power and eject buttons from the 360 S have also been replaced with more-traditional physical buttons.

The Xbox 360’s pad has same basic familiar button layout as the Controller S for the original Xbox, except that a few of the buttons have been repositioned. The “back” and “start” buttons have been moved to a more central position on the face of the controller, and the “white” and “black” buttons have been removed and replaced with two new bumpers that are positioned over the analog triggers on the back of the controller. The Xbox 360 controller is widely seen as one of the most ergonomically comfortable console controllers. It was also praised for its improved button placement, its functioning logo as a button, and Microsoft’s choice of bottom-mounting headset ports as opposed to top-mounting them so as to minimise snagged wire problems.

The Xbox 360 controller comes in both wired and wireless versions, and are compatible with Windows PC operating systems.

I originally had the “Arctic Chill” coloured “Arcade” version of the Xbox 360 and I did enjoy playing it, but during this generation I did prefer using the PS3 more. I don’t really know why this was the case because the Xbox 360 was the more capable machine with it’s multimedia abilities. I think I was just more invested in the Playstation ecosystem.

I eventually traded the original console and replaced it with the “E” version and it is a million times better than the original, which is to be expected really. The console looks sleek and sophisticated with its 2- toned appearance. I like that the removable hard drive is now situated inside the console and not exposed on the top of the console as it was with the original. The console, while being directly influenced by the design of the Xbox One, manages to look a great deal nicer than it.

The Xbox 360’s controller certainly deserves the praise it gets. It feels great to hold and it’s curved shape really sits in the hand perfectly. I remember being very impressed with the “guide” button, the way it indicates the controller number, as well as flashing when connecting and to provide notifications, was amazing to me.

Owned games –

  • Alan Wake
  • Alpha Protocol – The Espionage RPG
  • Assassins Creed 3
  • Ben 10 Ultimate Alien : Cosmic Destruction
  • Bioshock
  • Bioshock 2
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Blur
  • Bomberman Act:Zero
  • Borderlands : The Pre-Sequel
  • Bulletstorm
  • Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2
  • Call Of Duty : World At War
  • Call Of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Call Of Juarez: Bound In Blood
  • Cars 2
  • Condemned
  • Condemned 2
  • Crysis 2
  • Dance Central
  • Dance Central 3
  • Dead Island: GOTY Edition
  • Dead Island: Riptide
  • Dead Rising
  • Dead Rising 2
  • Dead Rising 2: Off The Record
  • Dead Space
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dead Space 3
  • Divinity II: The Dragon Knght Saga
  • Dreamcast Collection
  • Driver: San Francisco
  • Duke Nukem Forever
  • Epic Mickey 2 : The Power Of Two
  • F3ar
  • Fable 3
  • Fallout 3: Game Of The Year Edition
  • Fallout: New Vegas – Ultimate Edition
  • Fear Files
  • Fifa 13
  • Game Demos
  • Gears Of War 2
  • Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Golden Axe: Beast Rider
  • Grand Theft Auto 4
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • GTA : Episodes From Liberty City
  • Half Life 2
  • Half Life 2: Episode 1
  • Half Life 2: Episode 2
  • Halo 3
  • Halo 4 : Limited Edition
  • Halo Reach
  • Hitman : Absolution
  • Hitman: HD Trilogy
  • How To Train Your Dragon
  • Just Dance Kids 2014
  • Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days
  • Kinect Adventures
  • Kinect Sports
  • Kinect Star Wars
  • Kinect: Disneyland Adventures
  • Kinectimals
  • King Kong
  • L.A. Noire
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Lego : Batman 3 Beyond Gotham
  • Lego : Batman The Videogame
  • Lego : Indiana Jones the Original Adventures – Kung Fu Panda
  • Lego : Lord Of The Rings
  • Lego : Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Lost Planet
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Lost Planet 3
  • Max Payne 3
  • Medal of Honor
  • Metal Gear Solid : HD Collection
  • Millennium: Championship Paintball 2009
  • Minecraft
  • Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition
  • MX vs ATV: Reflex
  • Operation: Flashpoint
  • Payday 2
  • Portal
  • Prototype
  • Prototype 2
  • Quake 4
  • Rainbow Six : Vegas
  • Rainbow Six : Vegas 2
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
  • Resident Evil : Operation Raccoon City
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Saw
  • Saw 2: Flesh & Blood
  • Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection
  • Silent Hill : Downpour
  • Silent Hill : HD Collection
  • Silent Hill : Homecoming
  • Sniper 2: Ghost Warrior
  • Sniper Elite 3
  • Sonic & Sega All Star Racing- With Banjo Kazooie
  • Sonic Generations
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Sonic Unleashed
  • South Park : The Stick of Truth
  • Splinter Cell : Conviction
  • Splinter Cell : Double Agent
  • Street Fighter 4
  • Stuntman: Ignition
  • Team Fortress 2
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Danger Of The Ooze
  • Terraria
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Black Eyed Peas Experience
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Walking Dead: Season 2
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings. Enhanced Edition
  • Titanfall
  • Tomb Raider
  • Tomb Raider: Legend
  • Velvet Assassin
  • Viva Pinata : Party Animals
  • Wanted: Weapons Of Fate
  • Watch Dogs
  • Wolfenstien
  • WWE 2k15
  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
  • Call Of Duty – Black Ops
  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior
  • Escape Dead Island
  • Walking Dead: Survival Instinct