Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console now celebrates its 5th birthday, the first of the so-called “next-gen” consoles – turned five on November 22. It was on this day in 2005 that the Xbox hit the playing field of the new consoles; much before its rivals – Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii.
It’s somewhat strange to think that a console still going very strong today has been around for that long (even if that sort of lifespan is the thing Microsoft’s competitor Sony prides itself on). Back on November 22, 2005, 18 games were available alongside the 360, including Kameo: Elements of Power, Call of Duty 2, Project Gotham Racing 3, and Perfect Dark Zero.
The Xbox 360 celebrated its fifth birthday in North America yesterday, having originally gone on sale all the way back in 2005 in the original 20GB and Core flavours. Motion gaming was but a dim and distant hope of the future when the 360 landed in November 2005, but now we’re all talking to our 360s and waving our arms – or not – to control our games.
Even in terms of accessories and services associated with gaming, the Xbox 360 has been a leading platform for some well-known successes, like the massively popular Xbox Live service; as well as the newly-released Kinect motion-sensitive controller. The successor to Microsoft’s original Xbox has sold over 44.6 million units worldwide since launch, the manufacturer reported last month.