Microsoft has been putting all the attention on the original Xbox over the past week due to it celebrating its 20th anniversary, but both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 are also celebrating birthdays today, turning eight and sixteen respectively.
The Xbox 360 first launched all the way back on November 22nd, 2005, and it kicked off with a famous launch event called Zero Hour in which attendees travelled to a military hanger in the Mojave Desert. We covered this quite extensively in our Xbox 360 15th anniversary feature here at Pure Xbox last year, complete with photos.
The Xbox One, meanwhile, got off to an infamously rocky start on November 22nd, 2013, following a tumultuous pre-launch period in which initial suggestions about an always-connected console and an inability to play used games significantly damaged the brand from the get-go, and ultimately led to the departure of then-Xbox head Don Mattrick.
Both consoles, however, have given us some incredible games over the years, along with industry-defining features such as dashboards, Xbox Live parties, Xbox Game Pass, backwards compatibility and much, much more.
So, as we celebrate the anniversaries of Xbox 360 and Xbox One today, we want to know your favourite memories with both consoles. Was it playing Halo 3 multiplayer with friends? Seeing Ryse: Son of the Rome for the first time on Xbox One and marvelling at how incredible the visuals were? Everyone's got a story, so we want to know yours!
Give us your memories, feedback and anything else you want to share about these consoles in the comments below.
Fantastic memories on XBOX LIVE with both 💚
Loved both of them but the xbox one takes the win for myself..come the xbox one i moved away from pc to consoles for the ease and convenience of use and never looked back
@Microbius Same here (Xbox One X specifically)
Great generations, so many good times on both consoles. I really enjoyed the evolution that the One went through in its generation, culminating in the power house that was the One X, I still have my Scorpio edition inspite of owning both Series consoles too. Great great piece of tech.
It's especially amazing seeing how well they have been supporting the Xbox One lately. They are truly making it compatible with their latest offerings, now that's the kind of dedication I like to see!
Sorry, I just wasn’t crazy about the XBone. I don’t think it’s a bad system, but it didn’t compare to 360 - they’re worlds apart in gen quality for me. The latter system is still one of my favourite consoles ever, nothing but fond memories of online gaming with friends after school.
Don Mattrick was terrible. Not miss that dude one bit.
Phil Spencer is doing incredible and amazing job turning Xbox around.
I was so disappointed in the Xbox One when I finally pulled the trigger and got it with the AC bundle. Aside from loving those games, there wasnt much for me. I am not a Halo fan, but GTA V with upgraded visuals, okay, we're getting somewhere...but the 360....man, those were some great times!! Regardless I went through 3 consoles....some of the best memories playing with friends, the sadness when Amped 2 servers went down, Forza 4....just so rad
I mean, I am a solid Xbox gamer, but I was so jealous of PS4 owners at first. When the system finally came to is when the One X hit the streets and then it was smooth...so smooth
My first non-Nintendo console was PS4 (that was cheaper than Xbox One, don't forget!) but then I realised I wanted the Xbox One so I got the Elite bundle, that included the Elite Controller and although, of course, it is a huge console and has a separate power supply, the console itself looks better quality and better assembled and it is very quiet unlike the PS4 that sounds like is ready to take off. Besides, the Xbox One controller is much better than the DualShock. Just before the Elite bundle was announced, I tried to get a regular Xbox One but, much to my surprise, it was sold out!
360 was a wonderful console and the place to be. So many wonderful games and memories. Usually the best console to play multi-platform titles. Landmark for online play on consoles too. Introduced indies to mainstream. Best controller at the time. I miss the blades! So much personality.
Xbox One not so much. Only a handful of exclusive games that are truly memorable to me (Ori 1&2, Sunset overdrive, FH4 etc.) and many of the established franchises like Halo and Gears were the worst mainline entries. Base model was usually significantly worse than PS4 for multi-plats. Kinect. Horrible Metro UI. I don’t regret any console I’ve owned but this is my second least favourite… after Wii U.
Xbox One X while a beast of a machine was far too late in the generation, next gen was already being discussed.
Series X is a wonderful return to form, staggeringly good hardware and making all the right moves + Game Pass really starting to roll. Long may it reign.
The 360 is still one of the greatest consoles of all time. I had so much fun playing online for the first time, hunting achievements, getting into the Halo and Gears series, and truly feeling this was a massive step up from the last gen. Getting my first HDTV nearly a year later made it even better.
But I can't say the same for the xbox one. Its disastrous launch completely killed it for me. My wife has one so I enjoyed playing Gears 4 (just bought 5), Ori and Master Chief Collection. That's it. The 360 was full of exclusive games like Lost Odyssey and Viva Pinata, or timed exclusives like Mass Effect and Lost Planet. The x1 is missing so much. Respect for them for trying their best to fix the mistakes of the first years and backwards compatibility is outstanding.
I will get an Xbox X eventually but to me, PS4 was by far the better choice last time.
Poor Microsoft. They made the exact bad decisions that all console makers make on their third console. At least they didn't do irreparable damage like Atari and Sega though. Like Nintendo and Sony, they did bounce back.
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