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When did the Xbox 360 come out?

The Xbox 360 was an impressive console, despite its notorious history marked by the “Red Ring of Death” issue.

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Quick Answer: The Xbox 360 was released on November 22, 2005, in the United States and Canada. Europe and Japan saw its release later in December 2005.

It’s been almost 20 years since the Xbox 360 was released, and it is still highly regarded as one of the best consoles ever. But it’s no secret gaming has changed significantly since then, but it still feels eerily similar to today.

For example, when the Xbox 360 was first released, gaming consoles rapidly evolved and pushed the boundaries of what we thought was possible, Microsoft being one of those companies with the Xbox 360.

When it launched, the console introduced an impressive lineup of games, improved graphics, and online functionality that helped shape the future of gaming.

“There has never been a more exciting time to be a gamer,” said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of Worldwide Marketing and Publishing, in a 2006 press release. “Xbox 360 will deliver mind-blowing experiences across multiple genres, no matter what your personal gaming preferences are.”

However, the Xbox 360’s launch was met with tremendous excitement but not without its challenges.

So, when was the Xbox 360 released?

Short Answer: November 22, 2005

The Xbox 360 was released on November 22, 2005, in the United States and Canada. Europe and Japan didn’t see the console release until December 2 and December 10, respectively.

Xbox 360 launch 2005

Microsoft’s console made history in several ways, including a bottleneck in supply caused by production starting only 69 days before launch.

Despite selling 10 million units and becoming the first next-generation console to achieve such a goal, a major conflict soon emerged.

Red Ring of Death

A row of xbox 360s in a lab soemwhere being tested for the red ring of deatch

Due to Microsoft’s supply chain bottleneck, this led to the infamous “red ring of death” signal that still gives me PTSD thinking about it.

Surprisingly, Microsoft created a six-part documentary about the console, offering a balanced perspective on its strengths, weaknesses, and development process.

In terms of the “red ring of death,” Microsoft claims the Xbox 360’s thermal paste and internal connections couldn’t handle the intense heat, leading to disconnected or melted components.

In turn, resourceful gamers devised makeshift solutions, such as wrapping their Xbox in a towel and running it for a few minutes to temporarily revive the thermal paste.

Coincidentally, Microsoft increased its manufacturer’s warranty coverage to three years specifically for issues related to the “Red Ring of Death” phenomenon.

Building trust through games

While the Xbox 360 console had problems with failures, the company’s hard push into delivering quality games assisted in creating a new wave of trust.

By committing to both first-party and third-party games, Microsoft would offer over 1,000 games on the Xbox 360 by the end of 2008.

This impressive lineup helped gamers confidently choose between the pricey PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii library.

Whether you enjoyed triple-A games like Halo or tried Microsoft’s Xbox Live Community Games, gamers had tons of options.

When it worked, the Xbox 360 was a true gamer’s console.

In the 2000s, the heated debate between PlayStation and Microsoft fans dominated gaming discussions. So much so that you can still buy them today at places like Amazon, Walmart, and eBay.

Xbox 360 250GB Slim Console – (Renewed)

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11/30/2023 11:46 pm GMT

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