History of game consoles – Part II

 
 

1. Sony Playstation (1994)
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Want to know how to create a real monster? Nintendo might have the answer! Sony created PlayStation after a failed business partnership with Nintendo, in which they wanted to create a CD add-on for the SNES. Even though the PlayStation wasn´t truly innovative, it’s living room-worthy design and the more adult storytelling and darker themes helped Sony gain respect as a video game company, becoming the first to sell over 100 million consoles. Gaming finally grew up.

Manufacturer: Sony
Generation: Fifth Generation.
Release Date: December 3, 1994
Units sold: 102.49 million
Games: Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil 2, Xenogears
Media: CD-ROM

2. Nintendo 64 (1996)

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The Nintendo64 was Nintendo´s first console to feature 3D graphics and featured one of the most baffling controllers of all time. Released in 1996, two years after the PlayStation, this console was actually late to the market and marked the end of famous 64-bit era. Although the company´s exclusive games, like Super Mario 64 and Legend of Zelda, were still some of the greatest available, sticking with cartridges over CDs made several publishers distance themselves from Nintendo.

Manufacturer: Nintendo
Generation: Fifth Generation.
Release Date: June 23, 1996
Units sold: 32.93 million
Games: Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64, Legend of Zelda, Starfox 64
Media: ROM cartidge

3. Sony Playstation2 (2000)

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The Sony PlayStation2 was the first home game console to be able to play DVDs. The combination of a well-designed hardware, great games and the cutting-edge image of Sony as a brand made the SonyPlaystation2 an incredible success: With over 155 million sold units, it was not only the second “win” in a row for Sony, but also the best-selling game console of all times to date.

Manufacturer: Sony
Generation: Sixth Generation.
Release Date: March 4, 2000
Units sold: 155 million
Games: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Tomb Raider
Media: DVD, CD

4. Xbox 360 (2005)

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Microsoft kicked off the seventh generation with the launch of its first game console – the Xbox 360 in 2005. Although in terms of hardware and retail game library there wasn´t anything particularly new about the system – the simultaneously launched online platform “Xbox Live” definitely was. Creating a hub where gamers could compete, but also a place to stream movies, purchase games and download game trailers made the Xbox360 the prototype for online console gaming and a popular choice among gamers.

Manufacturer: Microsoft
Generation: Seventh Generation.
Release Date: November 22, 2005
Units sold: 78.2 million
Games: Kinect Adventures, Battlefield
Media: DVD, CD, HD DVD

5. Nintendo Wii (2006)

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With the family-focused, motion controlled Wii, Nintendo amazed the world unveiling their vision for the future of gaming. It may not have been seen as a tool for “hardcore gamers”, but it showed how much gaming has changed since the industry´s birth, creating a whole new form of player interaction. Nintendo´s spelling of Wii (with two lower case “i”) is meant to represent two players standing side-by-side and gathering together.

Manufacturer: Nintendo
Generation: Seventh Generation.
Release Date: November 19, 2006
Units sold: 100,4 million
Games: Wii Sports, Mario Kart Wii
Media: Wii Optical Disc, Nintendo GameCube Game Disc

6. PlayStation4 (2013)

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With the launch of the PS4 in November 2013, we will enter the 8th generation of gaming consoles. Besides the usual hardware improvements, consoles of this generation will focus on further integrations with other media and increased connectivity, taking gaming to a whole new level. Talking about this, one of the star features of the PS4 is an integrated “Share” button on the console, which allows the user to share his results with the community.

Manufacturer: Sony
Generation: Eights Generation.
Release Date: November 15, 2013
Games (Sony): Flower, Killzone Shadow Fall, Knack, Resogun, Sound Shapes
Games (3rd party): Battlefield 4, Call of Duty:Ghosts, Fifa 14
Media: Blu-ray Disc, DVD

7. Xbox One (2013)

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Of course there won´t be a new generation of gaming consoles without the battle of the giants! Microsoft will introduce their Xbox One just one week after Sony does with PS4. An amazing new feature of the Xbox One is the improved Kinect, which can track six people at once with sufficient detail that it can identify facial expressions and heart rate. Ours is yet pounding in pleasant anticipation!

Manufacturer: Microsoft
Generation: Eights Generation.
Release Date: November 22, 2013
Games (Microsoft): Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Zoo Tycoon
Games (3rd party): Battlefield 4, Call of Duty:Ghosts, Fifa 14
Media: Blu-ray Disc, DVD

 
 
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