The Xbox 360 system software includes built in software emulation support for the original Xbox game system.Software emulation is achieved with downloadable emulation profiles, which require a hard drive.Starting with the NXE Dashboard in November 2008, Larry Hryb (known on Xbox Live as "Major Nelson") and other team members hosted a new segment using Microsoft Connect to allow members of the Xbox Live community to get a chance to have a preview of the next dashboard.
In contrast, Xbox 360's successor, the Xbox One console was not backward compatible at launch, but after applying the November 2015 "New Xbox One Experience" system update it also supports a select group of Xbox 360 games using a software emulator, similar to Xbox 360's backward compatibility feature.
However, there are also notable differences between the ways of their emulations—unlike Xbox 360's emulation of the original Xbox, by Xbox One's emulation of the Xbox 360 games do not have to be specifically patched but instead need to be repackaged in the Xbox One format.
The Xbox 360 system software or the Xbox 360 Dashboard is the updateable software and operating system for the Xbox 360.
It resides on a 16 MB file system and has access to a maximum of 32 MB of the system's memory.
But as of the 2.0.16756.0 update, most apps do not require a Xbox Live Gold Subscription to access them, although the app may have its own subscription to be able to use it.
Microsoft released the Xbox 360 console on November 22, 2005, a whole year earlier than both the Sony Play Station 3 and Nintendo Wii.Similar to the Play Station 3 from Sony, Xbox 360 has media center capabilities built in, so it is relatively easy to set up.With the Xbox 360 users can also copy videos directly to the hard drive, or play via a USB stick. The first is to download videos from the Xbox Live Marketplace.Having the advantage of the lead, Microsoft was able to experiment with various customization options for the consumer’s individual consoles.The ability to customize the way the console looked with various themes to fit the front and sides of it was something very different for home console users.Furthermore, selecting an avatar is now required by the Xbox Live service.