Whether you currently own one of these gaming consoles, you are considering buying one or you are just curious as to why the Xbox 360 is so very popular, there are a number of factors that you will need to consider if you are to answer this question. For starters, the Xbox 360's main competitors are the Sony PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii, both of which are excellent gaming platforms in their own right.
But what is it about the Xbox 360 that makes it one of the most popular consoles in recent years? The Xbox and Xbox 360 have been produced by Microsoft, which might in itself answer quite a few questions. Microsoft is a multi-billion dollar computing company, but the Xbox was its first foray into the gaming world. That being said, Nintendo and Sony had already paved the way, possibly making it easier for Microsoft to create a formidable opponent as there was a lot of information for the company to build upon.
The fact that the Xbox has a number of what are considered to be some of the best console games available to its name could be another important factor. One of these games is of course Halo 3, which helped in boosting sales figures for the Xbox 360 in 2007. Both Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 were huge games for the original Xbox, so many of the gamers that wanted to continue with this incredible game followed through in buying an Xbox 360 in the lead up to Halo 3's release.
Another enticing feature for the Xbox 360 is its Xbox LIVE feature. Though this online gaming option is not free, whereas the PS3's PSN (PlayStation Plus) online gaming option comes free of charge, it is thought to provide a better quality. Xbox LIVE allows users to chat with multiple friends while playing and there are literally thousands of users playing online every day, so you will always be able to find someone to play with.
The Xbox 360 also possesses a higher quality graphics system than the PS3, and now with the Xbox Kinect Microsoft is able to better compete against the Nintendo Wii and the PlayStation Move. The Kinect is far superior in terms of how it actually works, as it is able to track even tiny movements of the body with its three cameras, whereas the Move just has the one camera and the Wii doesn't use this kind of tracking at all.
So, if you're thinking about getting a new console the Xbox 360 will probably be the first on your list, although having all three of the big consoles right now will enable you to try it all out for yourself.