Remember the launch of the Xbox 360 back in 2005? At the time, in-store retailers were using something called a Kiosk Demo Disc to advertise the system, and it's a pretty crazy nostalgia trip looking at it in 2021!
Full credit for the video above goes to Digiex on YouTube, who provides an excellent look at this 2005 disc featuring the iconic 'Blades' dashboard. According to them, this disc could originally be booted on any Xbox 360 by burning it onto a DVD-R, but Microsoft released an update in 2006 to prevent standard Xbox 360s from running it.
This is far from the only Kiosk disc you can find footage of from the Xbox 360 days on YouTube, but it appears to be one of the very earliest. It's a fascinating look back at some of the early Xbox 360 launch titles, explanations about Xbox Live Gold and Microsoft Points (remember those?), and details about accessories and faceplates.
Remember seeing one of these kiosk discs back in 2005? Give us your memories down below.
Nice! They should make this backwards compatible 😂
I think I have this disc. I played through the CoD2 demo a bunch of times waiting on it and Perfect Dark to release.
i clicked subscribe under the video and it took me to an old youtube page with the last video posted 4 years ago. is there an updated purexbox youtube channel?
Late 05 was good times, I had so much fun with the launch of 360.
Ah... the blades. I do still miss them and I wouldn't mind the option to have a blade-themed OS right now. Most of that is obviously nostalgia, because it was my first Xbox and all, but they were great times and everything was still so new and the jump to HD was significant, so there's that.
But, having said that, the blades just worked perfectly without all the clutter that we have nowadays, so they could definitely do worse than bring something similar back. Of course, I know that they won't, because it all needs to look more like Windows 10, also because of the shared games and all that, so I'll just remember the good times...
@FraserG I have a feeling that comment #3 is meant for you...
@ThanosReXXX Thank you!
@papahefe Unfortunately the YouTube channel hasn't been running since the previous incarnation of Pure Xbox. We'll be bringing it back at some point, but not just yet
@FraserG ok gotcha, thanks for the info! Just know I'll be there day one when the YouTube is up and running!
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