Microsoft Xbox 360 Consoles
The successor to the original Xbox console, Microsoft's Xbox 360 console put an emphasis on online gaming and digital media distribution. Featuring thousands of games, the Xbox 360 was one of the most popular consoles of the previous generation.
Xbox Live comes as both a free and a subscription-based service, known as Xbox Live Gold, allowing players to purchase games and downloadable content, while also being a much more interactive experience for players. Users can customise virtual avatars in their own likeness, keep a record of their achievements in-game and use voice and video chat when gaming. Online gaming is restricted to Xbox Live Gold subscribers.
Up to four controllers can be connected to an Xbox 360 at a time, which come in wired and wireless variations. The wireless controllers can either be run on two AA batteries or a rechargeable battery pack, the latter of which requires a Charge Kit that lets users connect the controller to the console with a wire for it to charge.
With the emergence and subsequent popularity of the Xbox One, Microsoft has announced that they will cease production of the 360. A number of new, as new, used or refurbished units are available. The 360 was swiftly followed by slim variants, which have inbuilt hard drives as opposed to the clip on units on the original. These hard drives are needed to save data to the machine and can come with different capacities.
The Xbox 360 is available in either matte white or matte black, with the official colour being Arctic Chill. Later redesigns of the console include the slim model known as the Xbox 360 S, and its most recent iteration is the Xbox 360 E, which is similar in design to the new Xbox One.