The Xbox 360 Turns 5

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5 Years ago, the Xbox 360 was born. The console was released on November 22, 2005 in the US and Canada; December 2, 2005 in Europe; and December 10, 2005 in Japan. We got it locally nearly a year later – but we actually got it, unlike the previous Xbox. It’s gone on to sell 44.6 million units globally, making it a pretty damned successful machine. With the recent release of Kinect, Microsoft hopes to extend the console’s  life – which already exceeds that of the original Xbox.

I’m on my 3rd Xbox 360 (and 2nd PS3, if anybody’s counting), although one of them died at the hands of Thor as opposed to the infamous RROD. My most cherished Xbox 360 memory? Playing Gears of War, in HD, was a sort of console revelation – and made me realise that this generation of gaming would be pretty damned mind-blowing.

It’s time for a reader participation two-fer! How many of you picked up the console at launch – and how many of you are still playing on that same console? Nobody? Right then…How many 360’s have you been through? And what’s been your defining Xbox 360 moment?

Last Updated: November 23, 2010

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Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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