In 1958 "Ping pong" tennis was created, to be played on an oscilloscope screen made by William Higinbotham at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Tennis for Two.
Tennis for Two was a game developed in 1958 on an analog computer, which simulates a game of tennis or ping pong on an oscilloscope. Created by American physicist William Higinbotham, it is important in the history of video games as one of the first electronic games to use a graphical display.
In 1961 development of Spacewar on a PDP-1 at MIT for the Science Open House.
In 1972 Nolan Bushnell forms Atari to develop games, and produces Pong, a simple tennis game for arcades.
Odyssey - complex
In 1972 The first commercially available home videogame for TV was launched, called Odyssey - complex, with many electronic components, and very expensive.
Pong as arcade game.
Pong released as arcade game.
Atari produces Pong.
In 1974 Atari produced a home version of Pong.
Japanese game "Go".
In 1974 Nintendo, A Japanese toy manufacturer produce an electronic version of the Japanese game "Go".
In 1978 Space Invaders is released by Tatio, and two micro computers are released for commercial sale - the Commodore PET and the Atari.
In 1980 Pacman was released in Japan, to be played on a micro home computer.
Mario was Released.
In 1983 Nintendo release their first computer, and Mario is released at the same time.
Nintendo Entertainment System Released.
In 1985 Nintendo released the NES.
Sega Released "Sega Genesis".
In 1989 Sega released the Sega Genesis.
Game Boy Released.
In 1989 First hand held machine from Nintendo, called "Game Boy". Tetris is produced for the Game Boy in Russia.
Sonic was Produced.
In 1991 Sonic was produced by Sega in response to Nintendo's Mario.
Sony Released Playstation.
In 1994 Sony Released the Playstation in Japan.
Nintendo Released "Nintendo 64"
In 1996 Nintendo released the Nintendo 64.
Dreamcast was released in the UK.
In 1999 Dreamcast - 128 bit processor - was released in the UK.
In 2001 Microsoft enters the console market with the Xbox. Halo is released at launch, boosting sales.
In 2001 Nintendo released Gamecube.
Playstation 2 Released.
In 2001 Playstation 2 was released.
Sony's PlayStation 3 was released on November 11, 2006, with a higher price than its direct competitor, the Xbox 360. The system's reliance on new technology such as the Cell microprocessor and Blu-ray format has caused difficulties in manufacturing, especially the Blu-ray diode, leading to shortages at launch and the delay of the PAL region launches; however, by early December 2006, Sony announced that all production issues had been resolved.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 gained an early lead in terms of market share, largely due to its established Xbox Live online gaming system, and its early launch date which was one year before its rivals. Sales in North America and Europe have continued to be strong, even after the release of the Wii and PlayStation 3. Like its predecessor, the Xbox 360 received a muted reception in Japan, attributed to the lack of content aimed at Japanese gamers.
Nintendo entered the seventh generation with a new approach embodied by its Wii console.