Welcome back! In the last article, we spoke about the various periods of different handheld games throughout history, helping our customers learn more about GB, GBA and GBC. We focused specifically on handheld devices, but now, it’s time to talk about the home console.
Home consoles are video game devices mainly designed for use within a household, as their name rightly suggests. They’re fabulous for play with families and friends, and can bring great fun and happiness.
The development of the home video game console can be divided into the following eight stages. Let’s run through them now.
In 1972, the world’s first video game console was born – Magnavox Odyssey. It was released in the United States of America in September 1972. During this period of experimentation and fresh ideas, there were many alternative products popping up on the market. Take a look at the image below to see a few of these.
This period was similar to the one above, and saw ideas and innovation blossom. The Atari2600 became the most popular console of this era – featured below are other successful devices.
As the years gradually progressed, Nintendo brought out its third generation console – the FC. It provided advanced game development concepts and revolutionary game technology, rendering it the true founder of video games.
1987 saw the release of the PC-Engine by NEC and Hudson. And, on December 4th of the following year, the first game machine with CD-rom was released, sparking the attention of the Japanese gaming industry. This led to the release of Sega’s Mega Drive in Japan.
It was the Sony PlayStation’s time to shine during this period, and it became the best-selling console with an incredible result of more than a million units. Even in this day and age, it’s extremely popular, and thanks to its updated versions, it still has importance within the market.Have a look at the following image.
In this stage, the four most popular game consoles were Sega’s DreamCast, Sony’s PlayStation, Nintendo’s GameCube and Microsoft’s xBox. Even today, they have major relevance to the gaming community and are sought out by those wanting a blast from the past.
As we moved towards the next decade, Nintendo’s Wii became the best-selling seventh-generation console, selling more than 115 million units! It boasted new features that people hadn’t seen before, and brought an element of fun and excitement.
We are now in what is classed as the ‘eighth generation’, and all aspects of technology have endured a major breakthrough. This is likely to continue into the future.
In today’s society, the most popular consoles are made by the companies we’ve mentioned in all eight periods – Nintendo, SONY, Sega and Microsoft. They’ve all ranked very highly in the list of top home game makers, and for understandable reasons.
Let’s talk about them individually.
Nintendo is mainly concerned with home and handheld games. Their main console series features the FC, SFC, N64, Wii and WiiU. Additionally, they have the GB, GBA, NDS, 3DS AND 2DS.
SONY are widely recognised for the PlayStation and its variants – the PS2, PS3, PS4 and PlayStation Portable (PSP).
SEGA are known for DreamCast and SEGA Saturn.
For Microsoft, the xBox series was their claim to fame.
Up until this point, the game industry has developed rapidly and will only continue to do so. All consoles have the ability to bring us great happiness, getting families and friends together. For those who love games or who have interest in working within the industry, has your understanding of consoles now improved after reading this article? We hope this is the case.
When we attend exhibitions, for example, many customers who are attracted by the consoles will question a lot of technical terms related to the devices, such as; What does the simulator mean? What is a PSP? What’s MD?
So, in a follow up blog post, we’ll be answering these questions for you! The topic will start off with products from the three major console companies, (SONY, SEGA and Nintendo), and hopefully, after reading, you’ll gain an insight into our industry.