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Gaming Consoles

  • First Console, the Brown Box

    First Console, the Brown Box
    The First Prototype of a home gaming console was created " The Brown Box" console. In.vented by Ralph H. Baer.
  • ATARI IS BORN

    ATARI IS BORN
    Nolan Bushnell an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Utah College of Engineering Founds Atari
  • LIVING ROOM ODYESSEY

    The Magnavox Odyssey was developed from the brown box prototype and released August 1972. The Odyssey was the first commercial home gaming system ever released.The Odyssey originally featured six games with very basic graphics and lacking audio capabilities.
  • MAGNAVOX STRIKES BACK

    MAGNAVOX STRIKES BACK
    Magnavox releases two new gaming platforms the Magnavox Odyssey's 100 and 200. These new consoles were very similar to the original release with only slight improvements made to graphics and controllers.
  • PONG ANYONE?

    PONG ANYONE?
    Atari releases its first home gaming console with one interactive game Pong! This is the first home game console to incorporate an on screen score board and and sound when the ball hits the paddle.
  • COMPETITION HEATS UP

    COMPETITION HEATS UP
    New brands start to emerge on the to get a piece of the the gaming console craze. Such as Fairchild Channel f, The Wonder Wizard and RC Studio.
  • ATARI SPREADS WINGS

    ATARI SPREADS WINGS
    Atari releases the Atari 2600, video pinball, and the atari stunt cycle and tightens its grip on the home gaming community.
  • NINTENDO'S FIRST APPEARANCE

    NINTENDO'S FIRST APPEARANCE
    Nintendo Releases its first series of colour consoles in Japan. The games followed in the footsteps of atari with similar games available to play.
  • COLECO TELSTAR ADDS CONTRAST

    COLECO TELSTAR ADDS CONTRAST
    Coleco Telstar , develops its first range of consoles that are highly acclaimed due to their capabilities of playing with colour and on different difficulty levels
  • OH THE POSIIBILITIES

    Gaming consoles are now emerging from various newcomers and the gaming console capabilities are evolving at a rapid rate, soon to be leaving the days of a ball and two rectangles a distant spec in the rear vision mirror.
  • ATARI STILL ON TOP

    ATARI STILL ON TOP
    Atari 2600 remained at the top owing to its cartridge-based console equipped with better graphics and games.
  • GENRE INNOVATION

    The gaming industry begins to experiment with non-Pong games like fighting, platform, adventure and RPG games.
  • NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM

    NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
    The Nintendo entertainment system is revealed and became the best selling gaming system of its generation. This is what put nintendo on the charts.
  • SEGAAAAAAAA

    SEGAAAAAAAA
    Sega Releases its first Gaming console the Sg 1000 in Japan And later that Year in Australia and New Zealand. The Sega was not well-known since it was mostly distributed in Asia and never launched in North America
  • INTELLIVISION

    Mattell releases Intellivision to challenge the atari 2600. The Intellivision featured slightly better graphics then its predecessors and also incorporated the first use of synthesised voices in video games.
  • NINTENDO GAMEBOY

    NINTENDO GAMEBOY
    Nintendo hits it big with its first model of the Game Boy the first successful handheld gaming console. Tetris boosted the consoles popularity upon its release.
  • 2D TO 3D

    The introcduction of the compact disc lead to superior memory storage and also allowed a shift from 2D to 3D game play
  • DEATH OF THE CARTRIDGE?

    DEATH OF THE CARTRIDGE?
    A significant increase of the use of game storage on compact discs arrises.
  • SONY STEPS IN

    SONY STEPS IN
    Sony steps into the market with its first ever release the Playstation. This is A pivitol moment in the history of modern gaming as the Playstation incorporates excellent 2player systems with the use of compact discs and portable memory cards.
  • NINTENDO 64- OLD TECH DIES HARD

    NINTENDO 64- OLD TECH DIES HARD
    Nintendo 64 is released. The most popular system for Nintendo yet. It is the last standing platform to continue using catridges for game storage. The cartridges load much faster then compact discs and eliminate the factor of loading screens. The cartridges also have the capability for storing data which eliminate the use of memory cards.
  • PLAYSTATION 2- THE RISE OF INTERNET GAMING

    PLAYSTATION 2- THE RISE OF INTERNET GAMING
    sony releases the playstation 2, it features the ability to play games form its previous console and also involves online capability and doubles as a dvd player.
  • XBOX RIVALS PLAYSTATION

    XBOX RIVALS PLAYSTATION
    Microsofts first release into the gaming console market. It use of PC technology allows a faster processing speed then its other rivals but slowly finds its feet in the market. Halo Xbox's most successful First person shooters grows to become one of the most popular games in history
  • GAMEBOY ADVANCE

    GAMEBOY ADVANCE
    Nintendo falls from popularity in the home gaming market but finds it feet within the portable market. Releasing the gameboy advance with backwards capability which allows games to be played from all predecessor nintendo consoles and an lcd screen it is the most prominent portable console of its time.
  • PLAYSTION PORTABLE

    PLAYSTION PORTABLE
    Playstation directly challenges Nintendos stranglehold on the portable gaming community, with the release of the Playstation Portable. The Playstation Portable features high quality graphics and non gaming features such as wireless connectivity, photo and video capabilities.
  • MODERN GAMING TAKES A 360

    MODERN GAMING TAKES A 360
    Microsoft releases their second gaming console the XBOX 360, with new ergonomic controllers and high quality graphics, the Xbox 360 is major hit and the online gaming community continues to expand with XBOX LIVE. XBOX's exclusive online gaming system.
  • PLAYSTATION 3

    Sony Releases its third console onto the market which is now almost completely dominated by Sony Playstation and Xbox Gaming systems.
  • NINTENDO WII

    NINTENDO WII
    Nintendo explodes back on to the market with its release of the Nintendo Wii, to compete with the XBOX and Playstation. It Targets a broader demographic from children to adults with its motion censored interactivity. The Wii fit an interactive fitness module of the console is a massive hit which is the first concept of its type introducing a physical fitness element to a home entertainment system.
  • WII U

    WII U
    Nintendo hoped to repeat the meteoric performance of the original Wii when they came up with their next console, Wii U, in 2012. It featured a new, innovative new controller and was the first Nintendo console to support HD graphics, joining competing consoles which already had that capability. The large controller allows a user to play on the small screen and use it as a handheld, or play using the TV and simply use it as a controller.
  • PLAYSTATION 4

    PLAYSTATION 4
    The PlayStation 4 is Sony's newest console, and will be shown off at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, with the full reveal scheduled for June 10. So far, Sony has only shown the DualShock controller, which has touchpads that none of Playstation's previous controllers have had. The system stats are the most powerful that the series has boasted yet, and much like Microsoft's Xbox One, it will feature a host of online options other than just gaming.
  • XBOX ONE

    XBOX ONE
    The Xbox One was officially revealed on May 21, 2013, and looks to be quite an impressive piece of hardware, functioning a lot like a computer and allowing the user to use several different functions at the same time, thanks to windows called "Snap," which originated in Microsoft's Windows 7 software. However, it has earned criticism because of its rules of restriction on the resale of secondhand games, the requirement of online verification every 24 hours for single-player games and privacy iss