Eight years ago today, the Xbox 360 was first announced

With only nine days to go before Microsoft officially reveals the next major version of its Xbox game console family, it's almost hard to believe that the current Xbox 360 is almost eight years old. Indeed, it was eight years ago today that Microsoft first announced the Xbox 360 via a special on MTV.

The TV show was basically a 30 minute infomercial for the successor to the original Xbox, and aired just a few days before the 2005 E3 trade show in Los Angeles, where Microsoft held a 90 minute press conference. We couldn't find that special at first on YouTube but thankfully someone at Neowin (thanks Nathan Weinberg_305451) found that special which was hosted by Elijah Wood and was heavy on the MTV promo stuff in addition to the Xbox 360.

The first Xbox 360 E3 2005 press conference, which again was held just a few days later, has also been uploaded to YouTube.

By the way, all of the Microsoft executives that were on stage during that E3 2005 press conference, (J Allard, Peter Moore and Robert Bach) are no longer with Microsoft.

There's also this intro video that showed off some of the first Xbox 360 games, including titles like Gears of War (which wouldn't be out until fall 2006) and Frame City Killer, an action game from Namco that ended up not being released at all.

Finally, check out this early Xbox 360 video with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Chairman Bill Gates who are both shown in line waiting for Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith to open but are still talking about the Xbox 360. As you can see, Ballmer is interested in talking about about the Xbox 360's games and connectivity features while Gates, the true uber-geek, would rather talk about the high end hardware features of the console. Good times.

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techbeck said,
And put many college kids in business fixing RROD issues.

Not Microsoft's fault. The gov't made them use lead-free solder, which resulted in those issues.

If I didn't upgrade my PC for 8 years, I wouldn't be a gamer anymore.

To think of how badly the console generation has been holding back PC games..

DAOWAce said,
If I didn't upgrade my PC for 8 years, I wouldn't be a gamer anymore.

To think of how badly the console generation has been holding back PC games..

How so? Consoles became popular because most gamers arent hardcore enough to keep their machine up to date. So even if there were no consoles the mentality would stil be the same. Instead of 8 year old consoles you'd have many PCs that haven't seen upgrades in decades. And developers would stil have to develop with those aged PCs in mind. Because of a console's specific set of specs you can get more out of it then a PC with similar specs.

At least now the PC version is considered different from the console version so that on a high-end machine it looks much better. If there were no consoles developers might fear negative response from the majority who can't have such graphics even if the game is marketed that way. PC gaming might actually be worse of if there were no consoles.

But it's a moot point. Gamers have spoken and for now they prefer consoles.

PC Gaming is stronger than ever and with better ports on the horizon that may very well grow even more. I have a PS3 that I haven't turned on in over a year, jaggies are too distracting. Then again, I'm picky, I appreciate the highest quality graphics, to me it elevates so many games. Some don't and that's fine. The point is there will always be those who want more and are willing to pay for it, right along with those that are happy with "good enough" and will knock anyone that has something "better" than they do. You know, like you.

Well, MS can't please everyone I guess. There doesn't always have to be a plain numbering system for sequels. It was a wise move not to go with 2 while the PS number 3 was going to launch the next year IMHO, even if it doesn't mean anything. Nintendo never numbered their consoles either and I think if you have a cool name the buzz/hype can stick around a lot longer than with a number.
If you count an Infinity symbol as two full 360 degree shapes, then you have your 720 right there...

EvilAstroboy said,
Wow watched the Line up for the 360 ...WOW Games have improved so much over the 8 years

Yep, those games had nasty graphics! The ps4/xbox next will have great graphics out of the box, can't imagine how good they will be in 5yrs time.

I can't even imagine what video gaming is going to be like in 5 years- give the explosion we've seen with mobile device over the last 5 years it would appear that anything is possible!

Still don't understand why Balmer doesn't just shave his head. Why do men try to keep the edges while the top is bald. Looks ridiculous! It's like an upside down military fade.Off topic, but it disturbs me when I look at him.

Anyhow, can't wait for the next Xbox. I keep saying I will never buy a new launch day console, but I'm excited to see what Microsoft has to offer.

JHBrown said,
Still don't understand why Balmer doesn't just shave his head. Why do men try to keep the edges while the top is bald. Looks ridiculous.

Maybe because he likes it like that ?

That interface... Oldschool, however, now we're on the 5th generation of the Xbox 360 interface, I'm happy, much better than back in these days.

haha I remember when people cried about the dashboard update, now I look back at it and think holy crap that looked bad! Still better then PS3s mind you!

Studio384 said,
That interface... Oldschool, however, now we're on the 5th generation of the Xbox 360 interface, I'm happy, much better than back in these days.

5th? i thought there has only been 3 major revisions of the dashboard?
Blades > NXE > Metro

kurupy said,

5th? i thought there has only been 3 major revisions of the dashboard?
Blades > NXE > Metro
NXE got a secondary overhaul, no? It went from dark to light or light to dark, I don't remember. There was also another update that changed quite a bit, but wasn't as big as Blades > NXE > Metro, though.

DEHEHEHEHE! It's funny because 8 years since it was released and I bought it I'm still there having to send it back to get it repaired, uncannily always after I buy some expensive limited edition game! (not that the PS3 was really any better though, the laser died twice on my 60gb launch unit and I gave up getting it repaired)

I know right, but if you go to a site like N4G today, it's even worse.
The fall from grace of the competition is even more pathetic nowadays.

These videos sure brings back great memories and Robbie Bach already made it very clear back then that Xbox as a brand would be more than just games.

I sure miss the blade interface though. Now with ModernUI, MS has so much more possibilities, but there are still things that need to change/evolve.
"Reputation" for example is completely useless and should be removed as even absolutely terrible people have a five star rep.

I sure hope the Xbox 360 still receives proper support after the next Xbox releases for at least a few years.

Edited by Thief000, May 12 2013, 9:35am :

Thief000 said,
Reputation for example is completely useless and should be removed as even absolutely terrible people have a five star rep.

And the gamer zone too, i would love to just play on-line with casual gamers, not people who spend 10 hours a day, every day playing.