Xbox 360 Turns Five Years Old
The successor to Microsoft's original Xbox has sold over 44.6 million units worldwide since launch, the manufacturer reported last month.
The first iterations of the Core and Pro versions of the 360 launched on 22 November 2005 in North American territories, shortly followed by launches in Europe and Japan.
The console sold out everywhere except Japan, while the worldwide launch lineup was made up of 18 titles, 14 of which (italicised) hit Europe: Amped 3, Call of Duty 2, Condemned: Criminal Origins, Every Party, FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup, Gun, Kameo: Elements of Power, Madden NFL 06, NBA 2K6, NBA Live 06, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, NHL 2K6, Perfect Dark Zero, Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, Project Gotham Racing 3, Quake 4, Ridge Racer 6, Tetris: The Grandmaster ACE, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland.
A sign of things to come, Call of Duty 2 was the biggest seller of that initial crop, with an attach rate of 77 per cent.
The machine has gone on to bat-off controversial reliability issues, popularise online console gaming and is about to have it's life prolonged via Kinect's revolutionary gesture-based control system.
Not too bad for a second try, eh?