Microsoft released the Xbox 360 console on November 22, 2005, a whole year earlier than both the Sony Play Station 3 and Nintendo Wii.
Microsoft has also provided the ability to download system software updates from their respective official Xbox website to their PCs and then storage media, from which the update can be installed to the system.
The Xbox 360 game system allows users to download applications that add to the functionality of the dashboard.
Software emulation is achieved with downloadable emulation profiles, which require a hard drive.
Not all original Xbox games are supported; the last reported update to the compatibility list was in 2007 and support has since been discontinued for adding new titles.
Also, users were able to create personalized Avatars, essentially mini characters of themselves.