Microsoft's gaming console originally started as the Xbox. It soon evolved into the Xbox 360. There are many different variations of the Xbox 360, which you will find out about below. The Xbox 360 was released on November 22, 2005, in the United States and Canada; December 2, 2005, in Europe and December 10, 2005, in Japan. It was later launched in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, and Russia. In its first year on the market, the system launched in 36 countries, more countries than any console has launched in a single year.

The variations (all discontinued)Edit

Xbox 360 Core:

The Xbox 360 Core was one of the first Xbox 360's, which was later replaced by the Xbox 360 Arcade. The Core wasn't available in Japan until November 2, 2006. The Core came with composite video cables, which were only capable with SDTV resolutions. If you were to buy the seperately sold Component cable, the Core was able to show HDTV resolutions (up to 1080i). In October 2006, 1080p support was added for all models in a system update, also including the Core using either the component cable, or the new VGA cable (although 1080p via component was not widely supported by televisions). It was also compatable with the Xbox 360 Hard Drive. Unlike all other consoles, it came with a wired version of the Xbox 360 controller, instead of the wireless version found in other with the other versions.

Xbox 360 Pro / Xbox 360 Premium:

The Xbox 360 Pro (sometimes called the Premium and packaged as simply Xbox 360 with the subheading "Go Pro") included all the features of the Xbox 360 Arcade and came with a hybrid composite and a component cable with optional optical out instead of a Composite Cable. This model also included a removable Hard Drive of 20 GB, (with later models having 60 GB. It was also compatable with original Xbox games. The included hard drive came with game demos, video clips and a free Live Arcade game, Hexic HD. In July 2007, the Pro began to come with the Zephyr motherboard, which is the motherboard used in the Xbox 360 Elite.The motherboard featured HDMI 1.2 output. However, it didn't come with the HDMI cable.