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Pictorial History of Video Game Consoles

Updated on March 21, 2017

Video Games From 1972-Present

The Atari 7800 was the first gaming console to have a pause button.
The Atari 7800 was the first gaming console to have a pause button. | Source
The Jaguar was a 64 bit console and Atari's last successful machine.
The Jaguar was a 64 bit console and Atari's last successful machine. | Source
The Super Nintendo was a 16 bit console that competed with the Sega Genesis fr over five years.
The Super Nintendo was a 16 bit console that competed with the Sega Genesis fr over five years. | Source
This was Nintendo's first attempt at home gaming. It was called the Color TV Game.
This was Nintendo's first attempt at home gaming. It was called the Color TV Game. | Source
The Nintendo 64 was a 64 bit gaming experience that was a commercial failure as far as Nintendo sales go.
The Nintendo 64 was a 64 bit gaming experience that was a commercial failure as far as Nintendo sales go. | Source
The Game Cube had CD games instead of cartridges and they focused more on kid's games.
The Game Cube had CD games instead of cartridges and they focused more on kid's games. | Source
The Nintendo Wii came out for sale in 2006 and it revolutionized gaming.
The Nintendo Wii came out for sale in 2006 and it revolutionized gaming. | Source
The Playstation 1 was a highly successful venture into video games by Sony. They released their first PS in 1996.
The Playstation 1 was a highly successful venture into video games by Sony. They released their first PS in 1996. | Source

The History of Atari's Gaming Consoles

1. Atari 2600 (1977) The Atari 2600 put gaming on the map with PAC Man, Frogger, Donkey Kong and Asteroids.

2. Atari 5200 (1982) The 5200 was similar to the 2600 but, it was bigger and had more titles.

3. Atari 7800 (1986) The 7800 introduced pause buttons and, a reset button on the controller.

4. Atari Jaguar (1993) Atari's Jaguar, was a 64 bit machine that was a joy to play.

5. Atari Jaguar CD (1995) The Jaguar CD was an add on, that competed directly with the Sega CD.

The History of Nintendo's Gaming Consoles

1. Color TV Game (1982) The Color TV Game was a failure but, if you ever find one working, collectors will pay thousands.

2. Nintendo (1985) Nintendo is an 8 bit system that introduced the Mario Brothers' games and Zelda.

3. Super Nintendo (1990) This 16 bit machine competed with the Sega Genesis.

4. Nintendo 64 (1996) The Nintendo 64 was a 64 bit system that was fun but, the controllers were too bulky.

5. Game Cube (2001) The Game Cube was Nintendo's first foray into the CD format rather than cartridges.

6. Wii (2006) The Wii introduced playing games physically without controllers. This was a major innovation at the time, that caused Sony and Microsoft to invent the Move and the Kinect.

7. Wii U (2012) The new Nintendo console has yet to take off but it's still in its early stages.

The History of Sega's Video Game Systems

1. SG-1000 (1983) Sega's first console was a flop but, they got better.

2. Master System (1985) The Master System was an 8 bit console that competed directly with the Nintendo.

3. Sega Genesis (1988) The 16 bit Genesis introduced Sonic the Hedgehog.

4. Sega CD (1992) This device attaches to the Genesis and it plays games, music, and full motion video games.

5. Sega 32X (1993) This add on to the Genesis did not last long, and it was a dud.

6. Sega Saturn (1994) This was true 32 bit power and it was a fun system to play.

7. Sega Dreamcast (1998) This was the final system made by Sega and, it was a master piece.

Magnavox Odyssey (1972)

The Odyssey came out for sale in 1972 and it was the first ever home video gaming console.
The Odyssey came out for sale in 1972 and it was the first ever home video gaming console. | Source

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Classic Consoles!

The Sega master system was an 8 bit console that tried to compete with the NES.
The Sega master system was an 8 bit console that tried to compete with the NES. | Source
The Sega Genesis was a 16 bit console that originally came packed with two controllers and the game Altered Beast.
The Sega Genesis was a 16 bit console that originally came packed with two controllers and the game Altered Beast. | Source
The Sega Dreamcast was the final system made by Sega and they went out with a bang because this was an awesome gaming experience.
The Sega Dreamcast was the final system made by Sega and they went out with a bang because this was an awesome gaming experience. | Source
The PS2 has sold more games than any other gaming console to date.
The PS2 has sold more games than any other gaming console to date. | Source
The Xbox was made by Microsoft and it is a fun console with a wide variety of games.
The Xbox was made by Microsoft and it is a fun console with a wide variety of games. | Source
The Panasonic 3DO came out in 1993 and it had a quick load time on its CD games for the time.
The Panasonic 3DO came out in 1993 and it had a quick load time on its CD games for the time. | Source

Sony and Microsoft Take Over!

Sony has produced the Playstation, Playstation 2, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4.

Microsoft has produced the Xbox, Xbox 360 and the Xbox One.

PS (1994) The Playstation started a new wave of gaming that crushed all the competition other than Nintendo.

PS2 (2000) The PS2 competed directly with the Xbox, and it is the biggest selling system in history.

PS3 (2006) The PS3 still sells games constantly, and it's game play and graphics are second to none.

PS4 (2014) The PS4 is set for release in a few months.

Xbox (2001) Xbox was Microsoft's first non computer video game venture and it was highly successful.

Xbox 360 (2006) The 360 competes with the PS3 and they are pretty even when it comes to sound, graphics and game play.

Xbox One (2014) The Xbox One is slated for release in the upcoming months.

Both of these systems have more or less cornered the market when it comes to home gaming. Sony also has the PlayStation Move while Microsoft has the Kinect.

The Other Guys

1. Magnavox Odyssey (1972) This was the first video game system released.

2. Philips Odessey (1976) The Philips Odyssey produced several good games but, did not survive very long.

3. Fairchild Channel F (1976) This game system was very fun but, it had a tiny game selection.

4. RCA Studio 11 (1976) RCA should stick to radios and TV sets because this console was a flop.

5. Bally Astrocade (1977) Astrocade introduced steering wheels and pedals to home consoles.

6. Intellivision (1980) The Intellivision had fantastic graphics for its time and it was easy to play. The controllers were called paddles.

7. Colecovision (1982) Atari's main competitor at the time was Colecovision and they had over 100 titles on the market.

8. Commodore 64 (1990) The Commodore was actually a very fun console but Nintendo and Sega put them out of the video game market with ease. They had a bunch of role playing games.

9. Action Max (1987) The Action Max failed because Nintendo and even the TG--16 crushed it with supurior game play.

10. Turbo Grafx-16 (1987) Although Nintendo controlled most of the market share the TG-16 had the best Graphics of any system in 1987. It came packed with one game and two controllers

11. Neo Geo (1990) The Neo geo never fully caught on which is a shame because it was a blast to play. SNK took their arcade games and converted the beautifully to a home console.

12. 3DO (1993) Because of the Super Ninteno, Sega Genesis and especially the Sega CD the 3DO could not survive. But it had great full motion video games that were ahead of their time.

13. Amiga CD32 (1993) The load time on these games was horrible which led to a doomed system. The game selection was relatively weak and the competition was fierce.

Atari 2600 Video Game Console (1977)

The Atari 2600 was the first video game console to really start a wave and get everyone's attention.
The Atari 2600 was the first video game console to really start a wave and get everyone's attention. | Source

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Nintendo Entertainment system (1985)

The NES came packaged with Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt. It also had two controllers and a light gun.
The NES came packaged with Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt. It also had two controllers and a light gun. | Source

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      Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

      Good line up there. I think I had most the systems. The Jaguar 64 was a failure, just a dual 32 bit processor with a poor software line up. I liked the Saturn but it had a development interface which led to few games.

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