2010 was a great year for gaming in general and brought about 3D gaming, motion control madness, console remakes, and a bunch more, but it was an exceptionally great year to be an Xbox fan and I’ll explain why.
I’ll be the first to admit that being an Xbox 360 hasn’t always been easy. In the past, the Xbox 360 has had one of the highest failure rates of all gaming consoles, refused to add a Blu-ray player, became popular for its infamous Red Rings of Death (RRoD), and didn’t have a wide range of exclusive titles that were worth mentioning. Through all of the bad times, I remained an Xbox 360 fan and tried to remember the good times that I had on the original Xbox. While the Xbox 360 has had a troubled past, it seems that since the beginning of 2010, Microsoft has made it their goal to bring glory back to the Xbox 360 and took the Xbox 360 from being a real loser to the top winner in 2010.
Microsoft starting off 2010 by dazzling its fans with the Xbox Kinect – formerly Project Natal. Nintendo had already brought motion controlled gaming to the world and Sony was introducing a motioned controller as well, but no one was prepared for what Microsoft had in the works. The Xbox Kinect shocked the world by being the first gaming peripheral that made gaming possible without some controller of some sort. The Kinect works with the Xbox 360 to recognize facial expressions, body movements, voice, and pretty much everything else that’ll creep you out – but in a good way.
In addition to bringing about the Xbox 360 Kinect, Microsoft also set out to do something that they should have done a long time ago – fix that ding dang Red Rings of Death issue. For years I was hoping the Microsoft would come to their senses and fix the Red Rings of Death, but in 2010 Microsoft did us fans one better and gave us a new Xbox 360 – dubbed the Xbox 360S.
The Xbox 360S is slim – hence the “S” – supports more memory than the original Xbox 360, is Xbox Kinect ready, and has a new motherboard that has finally rid the Xbox community of the infamous Red Rings of Death. In addition to all of the Xbox 360S goodies, it’s also not as expensive as one would imagine – for just $50 more than an Xbox 360 Arcade, you could be the proud owner of a 4GB Xbox 360S.
Microsoft has given their fans lots of goodies – and things to brag about – in 2010, but the Xbox 360S and Kinect aren’t the only gifts that Microsoft had up their sleeves in 2010. In addition to the Xbox Kinect and 360S, Microsoft added native USB support to the Xbox 360, updated lots of the Dashboard features of the Xbox 360, and let’s not forget the awesome addition of exclusive games like Crackdown 2 and Halo: Reach FTW!
I can say without a shadow of a doubt that 2010 was the first year in a long time that I was able to say that I was proud to be an Xbox fan. The Xbox and I have had our ups and downs, but I’ve always had faith in the Xbox 360 console and in 2010 that faith paid off – “big time!”
For more, read Cool Xbox 360 Features that Have Nothing to Do with Gaming , 5 Xbox 360 Problems Solved by the New Xbox 360S Console , and Can the New Xbox 360 Hardware Make Up for a Shaky 360 Past?
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