Trivia Tuesday: Microsoft's super-successful Xbox 360

Alongside their Windows operating system, one of Microsoft’s most successful ventures has been into the game space: first with the Xbox and then with the ever popular Xbox 360. In today’s Trivia Tuesday, I’m going through some facts and pieces of trivia related to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console.

Reminder: The Xbox 360 was first released on November 16, 2005 in North America, with other regions seeing launches in the months following. The updated Xbox 360 S was available from June 18, 2010.

66 million Xbox 360 units have been sold worldwide as of early 2012. This is backed up by 18 million sales of the Kinect motion controller peripheral.

$21 billion is the approximate revenue Microsoft has made from the Xbox 360 since launch on console hardware alone. This is based on an average console price of US$320 across the lifetime of the system.

887 games are available or upcoming for the Xbox 360 according to this Wikipedia list. Of the 887 games, 129 of them are exclusive to the Xbox 360; this means that 14.5% of all Xbox 360 games are exclusives. In comparison, the PS3 has only 746 games according to a similar list.

$35,480 would be the total amount of money spent had you bought every game for the Xbox 360 on launch for an average price of $40. If you lay all the games’ discs in a massive, single-file line, the line would be over 100 metres (330 feet) long.

Did you know that on launch the Xbox 360 console sold out in all Western regions? According to the BBC, some stores selling the console on launch were allocated less than 50 consoles, which contributed to a shortage of consoles and frustrated gamers.

The infamous 3/4-red-ring signature of the Red Ring of Death

23.7% of Xbox 360 consoles bought would fail due to a hardware error in the two years after purchase as reported by warranty provider SquareTrade. Their study was conducted between early 2007 and early 2009, and concluded that 12% of consoles failed from the infamous “Red Ring of Death” (RRoD) issue. In late 2008 a new “Jasper” motherboard Xbox 360 was silently released that significantly reduced the chance of getting a RRoD.

The Xenos GPU in the Xbox 360, designed by ATI/AMD, is capable of a reported 240 GFLOPS. This is equivalent to 2006’s ATI Radeon X1900 XTX high-end GPU and is currently equivalent to the AMD Radeon HD 6450. The current generation high-end AMD Radeon HD 7970 is approximately 15 times more powerful.

Did you know that the highest selling standalone game for the Xbox 360 is Call of Duty: Black Ops? Analysts peg the sales for the Xbox 360 version of Black Ops at 12 million copies, surpassing the next-highest seller Halo 3 which sold 8.1 million copies. The game that has technically sold the most copies is Kinect Adventures with 18 million, but this was bundled with the Kinect hardware pack.

360 grams is the difference in weight between the Xbox and the (lighter) Xbox 360; the former weighing 3.86 kg (8.5 lb) and the latter 3.5 kg (7.7 lb). The Xbox 360 S comes in at 2.85 kg (6.3 lb), and so weighs 650 grams less than the Xbox 360 and 1 kg less than the Xbox original.

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I just hope the new Xbox sports a High End GPU like the 7970 or something even more powerful. I know it will have a high price, but that will assure us to have good looking games for a pleasant time to come.

techguy77 said,
The crappiest gaming piece of hardware ended up being one of most successful gaming platforms. Who would guess? lol

Why is it the crappiest?

I bet you wouldnt have any reasons.

If a new Xbox is launching next year, they should call it Xbox 8. Just saying. Think about it: Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, and Xbox 8. Hell I think they should go further and call the next office Office 8.

'8' can become a ecosystem-wide branding for a new re-imagined Microsoft, completely changing the face of the company for good.

FalseAgent said,
If a new Xbox is launching next year, they should call it Xbox 8. Just saying. Think about it: Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, and Xbox 8. Hell I think they should go further and call the next office Office 8.

'8' can become a ecosystem-wide branding for a new re-imagined Microsoft, completely changing the face of the company for good.

Windows 8 is only a code name

Hooray for Xbox. For a seven year old piece of hardware, it's certainly aged well. I'm glad I switched from Playstation for the current gen.

I'm exclusively PC user. My first toy game-machine was a console ( Super Nintendo ). I don't see myself getting console again. But... I'd really like the next consoles to have at least 4GB Ram and a 7850-like card... Since many developers every now and then throwing us a bone ( Console Ports ), I strongly believe a mid-range console could affect us positively. The sooner the better. The current consoles nowadays couldn't even be classified as "entry-level".

I remember when the first XBOX launched... people were saying "Microsoft won't last a long time in the console market/industry. American consoles always fail. Japanese consoles are better. They'll lose a lot of money, etc."

Congrats Microsoft... I may hate the direction your "Windows" division is taking with Windumb 8, but you have a GREAT console/platform. Can't wait to buy your new console.

myxomatosis said,
I remember when the first XBOX launched... people were saying "Microsoft won't last a long time in the console market/industry. American consoles always fail. Japanese consoles are better. They'll lose a lot of money, etc."

Congrats Microsoft... I may hate the direction your "Windows" division is taking with Windumb 8, but you have a GREAT console/platform. Can't wait to buy your new console.

I didn't buy the first Xbox because at the the time the PS2 was more popular. I later found out that the PS2 was popular around the world but the Xbox was better. It was a no brainier that I would buy the Xbox 360 when it came out. I'm curious as to the direction they will go with the next Xbox. More than likely I'll buy it.

P.S. I agree with you on Windows 8 as well.

I still feel they shouldn't have created the hardware itself, but just license the Xbox software to hardware vendors as they do with Windows. The pace of innovation would have been much quicker IMO. You could have different Xboxes to meet the needs of different people: some without an optical drive and a small SSD, others with built-in kinect. Samsung, for example, could even imbed the software in it's TVs with perhaps one or two preinstalled games and the ability to download more. After all, Microsoft is positioning the Xbox to delivery smart TV like content.

AWilliams87 said,
I still feel they shouldn't have created the hardware itself, but just license the Xbox software to hardware vendors as they do with Windows. The pace of innovation would have been much quicker IMO. You could have different Xboxes to meet the needs of different people: some without an optical drive and a small SSD, others with built-in kinect. Samsung, for example, could even imbed the software in it's TVs with perhaps one or two preinstalled games and the ability to download more. After all, Microsoft is positioning the Xbox to delivery smart TV like content.

Wouldn't that basically make it appear to be just a PC and a controller being used as a gaming console?

lt8480 said,

Wouldn't that basically make it appear to be just a PC and a controller being used as a gaming console?


If one company creates the hardware and software, it's a console. But if that same company creates the hardware while another the software, it's no longer considered a console?