The Xbox 360 was the best console I’ve ever owned. From the N64 to the Xbox One, from handhelds to PCs, I’ve never had a better gaming system than the 360. I think that this is the general consensus for many, and you’d struggle to argue that many consoles were or are better. Yes, there are consoles and PCs that are technically now better machines. But for what the 360 achieved, for the experience that it delivered and the president that it set – I truly believe that it’s unrivalled.
The 360’s greatest strength was the fact that it was an ever evolving machine. The console that I left in 2013 was not the same console that I purchased in 2006. That’s both metaphorical and literal, because I technically owned at least three 360s over those years. Sure it might have broken, and it was far from perfect, but the 360 was a trend setter and it dictated the play for that generation of consoles – and this generation too, in a way. Social gaming, Achievements, a sturdy controller, personalisation and customisation, and an adoption of apps – the 360 was loved for many things.
It pretty much dictated the way that gaming has evolved over the years. From experiences that you’d enjoy alone, or share on your sofa with friends, to an experience that can connect the world. Sure, PC gaming has done a lot for that too, and the PS3 as well – whilst it was playing catch-up. But, in general, the 360 did a lot for online gaming. Really, it took it from the niche and made it more popular with the general gamer. Gone are the days of an image of a gamer shut away in their parent’s basement – and a lot of that is thanks to the Xbox 360.
I think the fact that so many people were pushing Microsoft into developing backwards compatibility for the Xbox One shows how popular the 360 was, and still is. These are experiences that we want to re-live, that we want to replay, and memories that will take a while to fade. That’s the testament of the 360, and I’m not sure if any console will ever emulate or match it. What memories do you have of the Xbox 360? Or, do you think that there was a better console? Let me know in the comment below!