Microsoft’s second child in the gaming genre has turned five today, after launching on November 22, 2005. It has been a long ride, with many SKU’s, a recent redesign, record breaking games, a hell load of dashboard updates, but we’ve made it this far. In console years, you would think this would make the Xbox 360 around 80 years old, but with the console life-cycle lasting longer than ever, the Xbox 360 is still around and still fighting. Remember the old days of picking up Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 2 with your console? Or even tossing in Halo 2 for some Live on the new system? We’ve come a long way from day one. Microsoft continues to lead the units sold race against Sony, and although the race has become as slim as ever, Xbox 360 continues to hold onto the lead it never gave up.
There have been 44.6 million Xbox 360’s sold since release, with 23 million online subscribers. Xbox users have been through RROD erros, the E74 threat, and even the service going down for almost a whole month due to a historic amount of sign ups that Christmas, and even after all that, people continue to come back. Call of Duty is best sold on the Xbox 360, and considering console still features heavyweight exclusives like the recently released Fable 3 and Halo: Reach, and the soon to come Gears of War 3, maybe Microsoft was right when they said the console was only mid-way throught it’s life cycle. None the less, Xbox 360 has become one of the greatest consoles of all time, and with time still to come, it still has room for greater success. Happy Birthday Xbox 360, you’re five!