Xbox 360: 10 Years Later

Hey guys this is Austin With over 80 million consoles sold today marks the ten year anniversary of the Xbox 360 but how does it hold up? The 360 did a lot of things right

Not only did it introduce features we take for granted today like achievements, digital downloads and proper online multiplayer but it helped move gaming into the HD era It had impressive hardware for the time that could output 1080p, something consoles of today haven’t been able to top Coupled with the addition of apps the 360 works just as well as a modern set top box for watching video like YouTube and Netflix The real draw though are the games, there are still titles coming out for the Xbox like Rise of the Tomb Raider It might not match the Xbox One or PS4 visually but considering it has one sixteenth the memory and far less powerful graphics it comes surprisingly close

Some titles like Metal Gear run at a reduced frame rate compared to the current gen consoles but it’s hard not to be impressed by what’s possible on hardware less powerful than some smartphones There’s also an enormous library of great games from the last decade Some of these were instant classics like Red Dead Redemption that was never available on PC Big exclusives like Halo really helped cement the 360 as a success for Microsoft and Call of Duty transformed from World War 2 simulator to global juggernaut with the original Modern Warfare back in 2007 Forza not only filled the shoes of Gran Turismo for the Xbox but has passed it in a lot of ways and games like Battlefield 3 really strained the limits of what was capable with the 360’s hardware

It’s also received a ton of updates over the years including several new interfaces and cool features like SmartGlass that let you control the console from a smartphone It also features backwards compatibility with some original Xbox games such as Halo, something the PS3 only supported with a few early models The controller has also nicely stood the test of time, not only does it still work well but it’s become the standard gamepad on PC The original 360 did lack Wi-Fi and had a slightly weird top mounted hard drive but the current gen fixes both of these while being smaller, quieter and more reliable It definitely wasn’t perfect though

One of the biggest issues with the original 360 was the Red Ring of Death which often meant a dead console as I found out the hard way back in the day It was also expensive, running a cool $400 back at launch with a massive 20 gig hard drive The Xbox One might be starting to add backwards compatibility but when you consider how cheaply you can pick up a 360 and some of the greatest games of all time it’s hard to argue with the Xbox 360 Ten years later this guy is still going strong

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