The Xbox 360 is the second video game console developed by Microsoft and is the successor to the original Xbox. By mid 2012 nearly 70 million Xbox consoles had been sold worldwide.
The Xbox 360 has an integrated Xbox Live service that allows players to compete online and download multimedia content its Windows Media Center multimedia capabilities. It also offers region-specific access to third-party media streaming applications such as Netflix and Sky Go.
The latest model, released in mid-2010 is slimmer than the previous model and features integrated 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, S/PDIF optical audio output, five USB 2.0 ports and a special AUX port. It is available in two versions, one with a 250 GB hard drive and another with 4 GB of internal storage.
Kinect is a motion sensing input device for use with the Xbox 360. It is based on a webcam-style add-on peripheral and enables users to control and interact with the console using gestures and spoken commands.
Microsoft has announced that it intends to continue developing the Xbox 360 until at least 2015.