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A Visual History of Console Gaming

  • The First Generation of Consoles

  • Magnavox Odyssesy

    Magnavox Odyssesy
    The first console ever made was the Magnavox Odyssey. When the console was made it was worth $99. But in today's currency it would be $566.83.
  • The Ping-O-Tronic / The Play-O-Tronic

    The Ping-O-Tronic / The Play-O-Tronic
    The Ping-O-Tronic was originally a Italian console. The one addon that you could buy for the P.O.T was the Gun-O-Tronic. The company that produced the Ping-O-Tronic was known as Zanussi.
  • The Atari PONG

    The Atari PONG
    The Atari PONG was the first console produced by ATARI. This was a massive hit for a home multiplayer game. The console was originally sold in SEARS and only about 75,000 units were produced. Later on they were sewed by Magnavox.
  • The PC-50X Family

    The PC-50X Family
    The 50X had only 7 games that you could play on the console. The initial price of the 50X was $99. Which would probably cost about the same at the Odyssey.
  • The Second Generation

  • Fairchild Channel F

    Fairchild Channel F
    The Fairchild was made in November by Fairchild Semiconductor. This console had a removable cartridge. Almost 250,000 units were sold for the price of $169. Today the console would of costed around $711.28
  • The VC 4000

    The VC 4000
    The VC 4000 was a early cartridge console that was made by Interton, a German company. These controllers were a little weird as they had 14 button and a analog stick. The buttons included 12 normal buttons and 2 to trigger buttons. Since the VC was a German made console it was for €139
  • The Atari 5200

    The Atari 5200
    The Atari 5200 had a weird controller as well. As it had a numeric keypad and the buttons to start, pause and reset, The joystick was a 360 degree noncentered stick. It made more room for controlling
  • The Third Generation

  • The Nintendo Entertainment System

    The Nintendo Entertainment System
    The NES was the best selling console of its time. The NES was originally just released in Japan but then came to North America on October 18th, 1985. The NES costed $299 and it sold over 61.91 million units worldwide.
  • The Atari 7800

    The Atari 7800
    The Atari 7800 was one of the first systems to have backward-compatibility with the Atari 2600. The 7800 had significantly improved graphics compared to the other Ataris, although it used the same sound card. The price was considered affordable back then at $140. Which would now cost $305.88.
  • The Master System

    The Master System
    The Master System made by Sega. Was originally released as the Sega Mark III in Japan. Once it came to North America in 1986, its name was changed to the Master System. Back then the Master System costed $200. The number of units sold was around 10-13 million.
  • The Fourth Generation

  • TurboGrafx-16

    The TurboGrafx was known as the PC Engine in Japan and France. It was developed by Hudson Soft and NEC Home Electronics. Released first in Japan. The Turbo was the first console released in the 16-bit era.
  • The Sega Genesis

    The Sega Genesis
    The Sega Gensis supported over 900 games that were created by Sega and other third-parties. These games were on a ROM cartridge. There were 3 companies who sold the Genesis. Sega, selling over 30.75 Million Units, Tec Toy: Selling 3 Million, and Majesco projected at 1.5 million
  • The Super NES

    The Super NES
    The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was originally made in Japan by the name of the Super Famicom. In South Korea it was known as the Super Cowboy. These different names had different distributors. The originally price for this console was $199.
  • The Fifth Generation

  • 3DO Interactive Multiplayer

    3DO Interactive Multiplayer
    This console was once named TIME Magazine's Product of the Year in 1993. The only reason this console never really had any success was because of the high price. The price of this console was $699.00 and in Japans currency ¥79,800
  • The Playstation

    The Playstation
    The Playstation was a console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment, it was originally released in Japan and then eventually in North America a year after its release in Japan. This console was a bit hit and sold a ton of units. Some people still own there PS1 to this day and it can be sold for a decent amount of money.
  • The Nintendo 64

    The Nintendo 64
    When the Nintendo 64 was originally released in the United States only two games were available, The Pilotwings 64, and the Super Mario 64 in 1994. The original planned name for the product for the N64 was the Ultra 64. The code name for it was Project Reality.
  • The Sixth Generation

  • The Playstation 2

    The Playstation 2
    The Playstation 2 was the successor of the Playstation. The PS2 had the most units sold in the Sixth Generation of consoles, beating the Xbox and GameCube. The way that the PS2 had storage was a memory card that was usually bought separately. There was two verisons of the PS2. The PS2 Fat and the Ps2 Slim. The slim being more easier to carry.
  • The Gamecube

    The Gamecube
    The GameCube, personally one of my favorites produced by Nintendo. The GameCube was the first Nintendo console to use optical disc as a storage. The disc usually were similar to a miniDVD format. The console had a small support for online gaming but only for few titles. Also originally released in Japan.
  • The Xbox

    The Xbox
    The Xbox was the first console produced by a America company ever since the Atari Jaguar was produced, which was in 1996. The graphics on the Xbox were powerful compared to the other consoles, like the PlayStation or the GameCube. The Xbox had a total number of 24 million units sold but still didn't have more units then the PlayStation, giving Sony the upperhand in the 6th Generation
  • The Seventh Generation

  • Xbox 360

    Xbox 360
    The Xbox 360, known during its development as the Xbox Next or the Xenon and other names. While the console was in development a meeting was held with over 400 developers in order to support the console. This console was originally just released in North America and Canada then about 1 more month later in Japan. The Xbox 360 had the least units sold in the seventh generation
  • The PlayStation 3

    The PlayStation 3
    The PlayStation 3 was the first console of its kind to use BluRay disc as its primary disc storage This PS3 was the first PlayStation to integrate a social gaming service. The PS3 was able to connect with the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and the PlayStation Vita (PSVITA) When the slim model was released of the PS3 it was no longer able to run PS2 games.
  • The Wii

    The Wii
    The Wii was originally called the "Revolution", but the name was changed last minute at the 2005 E3. The game was meant to bring families together and so the name Wii represented that. The two I's represented two people standing next to each other playing the Wii