Yesterday, November 22, marked a big milestone for several big things in our lives. It was the 20th anniversary of the release of Back to the Future II (check out the DeLorean in Crysis here), which made us long for the year 2015 to roll by.
Also on November 22, but this time 2005, Microsoft launched it second home console game system. That's right, the Xbox 360 has been on the market for four full years now in North America, and approaching that milestone soon in other markets.
The odd thing is that previous generations of consoles have felt old and long in the tooth by their fourth birthday, but the Xbox 360 still feel relevant. That could be a testament to the brilliant technology chosen by Microsoft in the PowerPC CPU and ATI-powered graphics – but of course the design wasn't flawless.
The Xbox 360 could go down in history as being one of the most unreliable consoles, solely on its Red Ring of Death hardware failure flaw. Thankfully, empirical evidence shows that Microsoft has done a good job of clamping down on that specific problem in the more recent hardware revisions of the Xbox 360.
With the strength remaining in the current HD platforms, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it's nice that this generation of consoles will live on a little longer than the previous ones.
It's good for the industry and good for gamers.