Microsoft announced this week that after ten-and-a-half years, they were finally calling it quits on the Xbox 360, at least in terms of manufacturing the console. While the Xbox 360 will continue to be supported — there are still games being released for it, and the system’s Xbox Live features are still fully intact — we’ve now arrived at the symbolic end of the console’s lifespan. Despite being an incredibly unreliable piece of hardware in its early years (the red rings of death still strike fear in the hearts of gamers everywhere), the Xbox 360 managed to establish itself as the console of choice for many players thanks to its incredible library of games and generally uncomplicated design.
We thought we’d celebrate the Xbox 360’s impact on gaming by comparing it to its main competitor, Sony’s PlayStation 3 (yes, Nintendo’s Wii outsold both, but it was geared toward a different audience), and listing off the areas where Microsoft’s console had Sony’s beat. Don’t worry, we’re not claiming that the Xbox 360 is “better” than the PlayStation 3 (in fact, we plan to do another piece focused on the PS3’s advantages) but it’s hard to deny that the Xbox 360 had the edge in the following categories.