The Xbox 360 was the second in Microsoft’s gaming console lineup. The original Xbox preceded it, and the Xbox One was its successor. Interestingly enough, the gaming console was unveiled on MTV in May of 2005.
New owners of the 360 gained access to Xbox Live, an online service exclusive to Xbox 360 owners. The service allowed members to play games, download games, access game demos, stream music, watch television programs, and a whole lot more. Members could subscribe to the service, or if a paid subscription wasn’t their thing, a free version was available as well.
Key specs on the Xbox 360 include a 3.2 GHz PowerPC Tri-Core Xenon processor, 512 MB of memory, 500 MHz ATI Xenos GPU, Dolby Digital 5.1 stereo sound, and more. The Xbox 360 also access DVD’s, CD’s, and downloads to internal storage to store and play games.
Due to demand, the Xbox 360 was in limited supply following its launch in 2005. Short supplies of the console continued during 2006. As of end of Q1 2014, the Xbox 360 has sold more than 83 million units worldwide.
The Xbox 360 was notoriously known for the seemingly high failure rate. A console failure was marked by the now infamous ‘red ring of death’. See this ring around the power button on your 360, and you know you have a big problem. These issues forced Microsoft to extend the warranty period on the console.