Atari 2600 was released in 1977. One of the first to use cartridges and the console that really kick started
the home vidoegame industry. It gave us some gems like
Space Invaders and
Donkey Kong, the game the introduced Mario.
Magnavox Odyssey was the
FIRST commercial home videogame console. It was released in
1972 and it was capable of displaying 3 square dots on screen in black and white, with
SEGA Master System was released in 1985. Due to third party issues at the time, SEGA developed most of their
games in-house, games like
Sonic the Hedgehog and
Streets of Rage.
SEGA Genesis was released in
1988. Despite the SNES being the best selling console worldwide, the Mega Drive was actually the
best selling home console in the west.
Atari Sears Pong System was released in 1975. It was sold exclusively through Sears retail stores in the U.S.
Pong is part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. due to it's cultural impact.
Sony's first console. It was actually originally designed in partnership with Nintendo as a CD add-on, but
dumped by Nintendo, Sony released it in
102 million units were sold worldwide.
Sony's next iteration of it's console, the
Playstation 2 was released in
2000. The design is actually based on an old Atari and is the
best selling console of all time. With
DVD playback and
HD support, the PS2 was well ahead of it's time.
Playstation 4 was released in
PS4 is the only console of it's generation with
virtual reality support. It features
remote play and at the time of it's release, was the
most powerful console on the market.
2006 Sony released the
Playstation 3. The first console to support
Blu Ray and
3D stereoscopic gaming. It was also the first to introduce Sony's social gaming service,
Playstation Network. It also kicked off the famed
Folllowing on from the NES, the
Super NES or
SNES was released in
1990. The SNES, actually designed so that people wouldn't spill drinks on it, was the
best selling console of it's generation and was the first console with
Xbox One. The "
One" is a reference to it being a one stop shop for all your entertainment,
music etc. There is also built in
DVR so gamers can record their
gameplay and share it with their friends.
Microsoft's first foray into the console gaming industry. It's
Xbox Live service, combined with games like
revolutionised how people play console games together.
Color TV-Game 6 was Nintendo's first ever home console. The "6" in the name refers to the number of games on
the system. All of which were variations on Pong.
Nintendo 64, the console that gave us
Super Mario 64 and
Ocarina of Time, was released in
1996. It was the first Nintendo console to feature
3D graphics and a controller with an
Nintendo Entertainment System. Released in
1985 and the best selling console of it's era, gave us some if our most memorable games of all time,
Super Mario Bros. to name just a few.
Xbox 360, was released in
2005. It was the first console to have
wireless controllers right out of the box and the first to support
full HD. The 360 also pioneered the
achievement system we see in all consoles today.