How Video Game consoles have grown in the past two decades
May 22, 2012 04:48 PM EDT |
By Althea Benloss
Industry analyst Michael Pachter believes the downturn in the sale of video games can only be relieved by new gaming consoles hitting the market.
I still remember my first console-a Nintendo NES (101 model). Games like
Tetris, The Legend of Kage, Contra and Excitebike occupied my time. Years later, I look back and am still amazed at my patience dealing with those ROM cartridges. Video games have come a very long way in two decades. The consoles we hold dear in our homes experienced quite a journey of transformation, to get to the stage they are at today.
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Let's dive right in to Memory Lane, shall we?
- Turbo Technologies Inc. releases an 8-bit console called, TurboDuo
- Atari Jaguar is released
- The Commodore Amiga CD32 is introduced and is the first 32-bit CD-ROM based video game console released in western Europe, Australia, Canada, and Brazil
- Sony releases Playstation
- Sega Saturn is released
- Casio Loopy, a 32-bit video game console, which was sold exclusively in Japan and targeted for female gamers
- Nintendo 64 is released and is the most technologically advanced of the consoles in the fifth generation
- Nintendo introduces the Game Boy Color
- Sega introduces the Dreamcast, which only lasted about a year and a half
- Playstation 2 is released
- The Game Boy Advance is introduced
- Microsoft releases its first video game console, the Xbox
- Nintendo GameCube is released
- Nintedo releases the Game Boy Advance SP and is the smallest video game platform
- Nintendo DS is released on November 21, 2004 in North America, with the presence of two separate LCD screens and wireless capability, as just a few distinct features
- Microsoft releases its second video game console, the Xbox 360
- Sony presents the PlayStation Portable, also known as the PSP.
- Nintendo releases the Wii, and is the first home console Nintendo has marked outside of Japan without the company name featured in its trademark
Sony presents the PlayStation 3, or PS3.
- Nintendo DSi is released and introduces new features like digital cameras and connectivity to an online store called the Nintendo Dsi Shop
- The PSP Go is released on October 1, in North America
- The Wii breaks record for best-selling console in a single month in the U.S
- Kinect for Xbox is released and the Guinness World Record holds it as being the "fastest selling consumer electronics device"
- Sony presents the PlayStation Move
- PlayStation Vita, or PS Vita, is released
- The Nintendo 3DS is released
- Playstation 2 is the best-selling console of all-time, having sold over 150 million units as of January 31
- The Wii U, by Nintendo, is an upcoming portable console and has been described as belonging to the eighth generation of video games.
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