Will there ever be a better console than the Xbox 360?

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!

  • Handy

    No there are many consoles I’d put before the 360, including the original Xbox. There is SNES, PS1, PS2, GameCube, Dreamcast. Why? Xbox 360 had a strong start game wise but then was marred by RROD then after Kinect became a thing it was almost as if First party titles become forgotten about in the last 3 years of its life.

    While I would say it was a decent console and did a lot of things right, the title of “best console” is far from even a subjective reality in my eyes.

    • Kelarth

      Fanboy. smh.

  • Handy

    No there are many consoles I’d put before the 360, including the original Xbox. There is SNES, PS1, PS2, GameCube, Dreamcast. Why? Xbox 360 had a strong start game wise but then was marred by RROD then after Kinect became a thing it was almost as if First party titles become forgotten about in the last 3 years of its life.

    While I would say it was a decent console and did a lot of things right, the title of “best console” is far from even a subjective reality in my eyes.

    • Kelarth

      Fanboy. smh.

  • LordCancer Kain

    xbox 360 was a disaster with a billion dollar recall and microsoft abandoning its core audience to chase the wii fad with kinect. in fact the entire PS360 generation was a disaster for everyone manufacturers, developers and gamers. and thankfuly with playstation neo and xbox one II we will never have to wait eight years for a new console again. i waited three years to buy an xbox 360 and went through three of them in a year, about as reliable as the dual shock 4. most of my 48k gamer score is third party games. you know what kills me most? the 11 year gap between kameo elements of power and sea of thieves. unacceptable.

  • LordCancer Kain

    xbox 360 was a disaster with a billion dollar recall and microsoft abandoning its core audience to chase the wii fad with kinect. in fact the entire PS360 generation was a disaster for everyone manufacturers, developers and gamers. and thankfuly with playstation neo and xbox one II we will never have to wait eight years for a new console again. i waited three years to buy an xbox 360 and went through three of them in a year, about as reliable as the dual shock 4. most of my 48k gamer score is third party games. you know what kills me most? the 11 year gap between kameo elements of power and sea of thieves. unacceptable.

  • popo123

    “I think that this is the general consensus for many, and you’d struggle to argue that many consoles were or are better”

    No, I wouldn’t struggle at all. The 360 pretty much revolutionized online gaming but that’s pretty much it. The problem is online gaming isn’t the online part of gaming. It’s important but it is no way essential.

  • popo123

    “I think that this is the general consensus for many, and you’d struggle to argue that many consoles were or are better”

    No, I wouldn’t struggle at all. The 360 pretty much revolutionized online gaming but that’s pretty much it. The problem is online gaming isn’t the online part of gaming. It’s important but it is no way essential.

  • Bilal Prince-Ali

    is this insanity..? a simple 2 consoles… The PS2 and the PS4…

    The Xbox 360 absolutely created the online eco system that consoles so desperately needed.. but besides that the console itself was terribly made.. the games on offer weren’t groundbreaking so no, it isn’t hard to rebuke tbh

  • Bilal Prince-Ali

    is this insanity..? a simple 2 consoles… The PS2 and the PS4…

    The Xbox 360 absolutely created the online eco system that consoles so desperately needed.. but besides that the console itself was terribly made.. the games on offer weren’t groundbreaking so no, it isn’t hard to rebuke tbh

  • Brandon

    I’m not as negative as the other commenters, but I would put the 360 behind the Super NES and Playstation 2. I’m not sure about the PS2, but your range (from the N64 to the Xbox One) leads me to believe that you missed the Super NES, which is a major shame. If you could have experienced it during it’s time, I’ve no doubt you would have been in awe of the classics it continuously churned out.

  • Brandon

    I’m not as negative as the other commenters, but I would put the 360 behind the Super NES and Playstation 2. I’m not sure about the PS2, but your range (from the N64 to the Xbox One) leads me to believe that you missed the Super NES, which is a major shame. If you could have experienced it during it’s time, I’ve no doubt you would have been in awe of the classics it continuously churned out.

  • KashIsKlay

    People can say what they want but It set the standard for that generation and the current.CoD became a household name and the most popular game on xbox 360, Reach/Halo 3 was the best FPS exclusive. Gears set the new standard for 3rd person action games.Mass effect and Bioshock was exclusive. Achievements and the ultra comfortable controller. Xbox live arcade brought indies to the forefront, never forget. I don’t want to hear the RROD mess because I sent mines in and took advantage of the extended warranty. There were small shops fixing them for less than 20 bucks. The YLOD never had a real recall which was sad. The kinect focus later in the life hampered it’s greatness. But I would consider it top 5. You have NES, Genesis, PSX, Dreamcast, xbox 360, each brought much innovation to gaming.

  • KashIsKlay

    People can say what they want but It set the standard for that generation and the current.CoD became a household name and the most popular game on xbox 360, Reach/Halo 3 was the best FPS exclusive. Gears set the new standard for 3rd person action games.Mass effect and Bioshock was exclusive. Achievements and the ultra comfortable controller. Xbox live arcade brought indies to the forefront, never forget. I don’t want to hear the RROD mess because I sent mines in and took advantage of the extended warranty. There were small shops fixing them for less than 20 bucks. The YLOD never had a real recall which was sad. The kinect focus later in the life hampered it’s greatness. But I would consider it top 5. You have NES, Genesis, PSX, Dreamcast, xbox 360, each brought much innovation to gaming.

  • Michael

    A few years ago I never would have agreed with this post. I’m a gamer since the day’s of Colecvision which was my first console. I’ve owned and/or played games on every console since then. I was a die hard PS3 owner last gen. However, after my PS3 died on me from overheating, I did some research and decided to buy an Xbox 360 over replacing my PS3 or buying a new PS4 or XBOX One. From PS3 Launch day to about 2014 I think PS3 was a slightly better all around console. The game changer for someone like me who also uses the XBOX 360 for entertainment apps is when Microsoft made the announcement that a XBOX Live Gold Account will no longer be required to access the apps. I bought one November of last year as a bundle deal and don’t regret the decision at all. I think now is the best time to buy a Xbox 360 if…

    1) You have never owned one. – Make sure you go with the 250gb S Model as I did as it’s not only the most reliable but comes with more USB port’s and dedicated Kinect Port)

    2) If you have a child or family who will play – You can get a Kinect and Kinect games for very little money. Kids love the Kinect and some women in the family will love some of the activity and workout games you can get for it. There are also family friendly games you can buy for it that don’t require the Kinect. On a side note… My older brother is not a video game player at all. However, he was extremely fascinated watching me play Dante’s Inferno for over an hour. He is a movie watcher who loved the design of the game and said that he felt like he was watching a movie.

    3) If you like to game online XBOX LIVE is the way to go. – Even if your not a big online gamer or don’t care for it at all the 360 is still a great option.

    4) If your looking for an Entertainment Box. – Granted the XBOX 360 or any of the game systems for that matter don’t have nearly as many apps as a ROKU for example. But they have all the core apps and main ones that most people use. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crackle etc. are all their. There are currently 84 available apps. on the XBOX 360 as of me writing this. If you don’t own a Roku or streaming box or if you do and simply want another device that can stream for a different TV you get that ability with games on the XBOX 360. The Kinect Voice features are also very cool and come in handy when your streaming. I admittedly don’t use the hand motion features much but they are there also if that’s your thing.

    5) Accessories are little money – I have the Chatpad, Intercooler, charger packs, Kinect, Nyko Zoom, Udraw and other accesories with about 30 Physical Disc games of every genre. About 5 of those are exclusively Kinect. Then there are the additional FREE games I downloaded from Xbox Live which are both regular and Kinect. In a matter of a few months I have amassed a gaming library that will keep my family and I busy for the rest of the year pretty much. And the cost for all of this was still less than buying a refurbished Xbox One or PS4.

    6) Your not concerned with having the latest and greatest. – Sure the XBOX ONE and PS4 have better graphics. But I’ve seen both systems in action and although I do notice a graphical and gameplay difference I wasn’t blown away the way I was when I first saw the PS3 over the PS2. What is more important to me and a lot of people is bang for the buck. If I wanted to I could buy every system on the market in different versions. But the fact is I couldn’t justify in my head paying the money for a 8th Gen console that’s giving me graphics that look a little better and a few more features. In addition, Both XBOX ONE, PS4 and NIntendo already have new or upgraded systems on the horizon so if you don’t already own one or if your the type that likes to own all current gen systems but don’t yet, I would advise you to wait a little bit and see what develops.

    Would I call it the best game system of all time??? Well… still undecided on that one. Right now from a pure gaming perspective I would say it is at least in the Top 3 based on number of games, type of games for the whole family and taking online gaming to the next level. From casual to hardcore there really is something for everyone. It’s also the little things about the system that I love. Things like using my universal remote with it for everything else outside of game playing and it doubles as a USB charger for various devices.

    I can definitely call it the best all around entertainment value for your buck. My hope is that when Microsoft decides to shut down XBOX LIVE for the 360 that they will still give you access and use to all the apps. If not that would take away a large chunk of it’s usefulness. That still wouldn’t force me to upgrade however. I would just find an alternative to stream apps. This generation really has to show me something more before I make the investment.

  • Michael

    A few years ago I never would have agreed with this post. I’m a gamer since the day’s of Colecvision which was my first console. I’ve owned and/or played games on every console since then. I was a die hard PS3 owner last gen. However, after my PS3 died on me from overheating, I did some research and decided to buy an Xbox 360 over replacing my PS3 or buying a new PS4 or XBOX One. From PS3 Launch day to about 2014 I think PS3 was a slightly better all around console. The game changer for someone like me who also uses the XBOX 360 for entertainment apps is when Microsoft made the announcement that a XBOX Live Gold Account will no longer be required to access the apps. I bought one November of last year as a bundle deal and don’t regret the decision at all. I think now is the best time to buy a Xbox 360 if…

    1) You have never owned one. – Make sure you go with the 250gb S Model as I did as it’s not only the most reliable but comes with more USB port’s and dedicated Kinect Port)

    2) If you have a child or family who will play – You can get a Kinect and Kinect games for very little money. Kids love the Kinect and some women in the family will love some of the activity and workout games you can get for it. There are also family friendly games you can buy for it that don’t require the Kinect. On a side note… My older brother is not a video game player at all. However, he was extremely fascinated watching me play Dante’s Inferno for over an hour. He is a movie watcher who loved the design of the game and said that he felt like he was watching a movie.

    3) If you like to game online XBOX LIVE is the way to go. – Even if your not a big online gamer or don’t care for it at all the 360 is still a great option.

    4) If your looking for an Entertainment Box. – Granted the XBOX 360 or any of the game systems for that matter don’t have nearly as many apps as a ROKU for example. But they have all the core apps and main ones that most people use. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crackle etc. are all their. There are currently 84 available apps. on the XBOX 360 as of me writing this. If you don’t own a Roku or streaming box or if you do and simply want another device that can stream for a different TV you get that ability with games on the XBOX 360. The Kinect Voice features are also very cool and come in handy when your streaming. I admittedly don’t use the hand motion features much but they are there also if that’s your thing.

    5) Accessories are little money – I have the Chatpad, Intercooler, charger packs, Kinect, Nyko Zoom, Udraw and other accesories with about 30 Physical Disc games of every genre. About 5 of those are exclusively Kinect. Then there are the additional FREE games I downloaded from Xbox Live which are both regular and Kinect. In a matter of a few months I have amassed a gaming library that will keep my family and I busy for the rest of the year pretty much. And the cost for all of this was still less than buying a refurbished Xbox One or PS4.

    6) Your not concerned with having the latest and greatest. – Sure the XBOX ONE and PS4 have better graphics. But I’ve seen both systems in action and although I do notice a graphical and gameplay difference I wasn’t blown away the way I was when I first saw the PS3 over the PS2. What is more important to me and a lot of people is bang for the buck. If I wanted to I could buy every system on the market in different versions. But the fact is I couldn’t justify in my head paying the money for a 8th Gen console that’s giving me graphics that look a little better and a few more features. In addition, Both XBOX ONE, PS4 and NIntendo already have new or upgraded systems on the horizon so if you don’t already own one or if your the type that likes to own all current gen systems but don’t yet, I would advise you to wait a little bit and see what develops.

    Would I call it the best game system of all time??? Well… still undecided on that one. Right now from a pure gaming perspective I would say it is at least in the Top 3 based on number of games, type of games for the whole family and taking online gaming to the next level. From casual to hardcore there really is something for everyone. It’s also the little things about the system that I love. Things like using my universal remote with it for everything else outside of game playing and it doubles as a USB charger for various devices.

    I can definitely call it the best all around entertainment value for your buck. My hope is that when Microsoft decides to shut down XBOX LIVE for the 360 that they will still give you access and use to all the apps. If not that would take away a large chunk of it’s usefulness. That still wouldn’t force me to upgrade however. I would just find an alternative to stream apps. This generation really has to show me something more before I make the investment.