The Xbox 360 was Microsoft’s second generation of Xbox video game consoles. The first Xbox 360 consoles launched in late-2005 within the United States, Europe, and Japan and came to other major markets such as Mexico, Australia, and Brazil throughout the following year.
A variety of Xbox 360 consoles were released during its lifetime but the Xbox 360 S (often referred to as the Xbox 360 Slim) which came out in 2010 and Xbox 360 E, which followed in 2013, are the two that garnered the most attention due to their refined physical appearances and improved hardware that prevented overheating, an issue experienced by many with the original Xbox 360 consoles.
Regardless of the console model, all Xbox 360s support a wide number of video games and accessories including the Kinect sensor. The Kinect is a camera device that allows players to control the Xbox 360 console and supported video games with voice and motion controls.
The Xbox 360’s Kinect sensor received relatively strong support from game developers and helped make the Xbox brand a more family friendly one with franchises such as Just Dance and Dance Central.
Microsoft’s third generation of Xbox consoles, the Xbox One, succeeded the Xbox 360 in 2013. A growing number of Xbox 360 and OG Xbox video games are now compatible on the Xbox One. Xbox 360 video game backwards compatibility support has also been added to the fourth generation of Xbox consoles, the Xbox Series X, allowing Xbox 360 fans to enjoy their favorites for years to come.
Xbox 360 consoles can still be purchased from retailers such as Amazon and Gamestop as can physical disc copies of Xbox 360 video games. Digital versions of many 360 titles can be purchased within the Microsoft Store online and on Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles.