History On Video Games

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History On Video Games Consoles:

History On Video Games Consoles


VIDEO GAMES CONSOLE A  video game console  is a device that outputs a video signal  or visual image  to display a video game. The term "video game console" is used to distinguish a console machine primarily designed for consumers to use for playing video games in contrast to arcade machines or home computers. It includes the home videogame consoles, the handheld game consoles, the  micro consoles  and the dedicated consoles .

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1967 First Console: The Brown Box The first video game console  (working prototype)  debuted as a bulky rectangular brown wooden box with two attached controllers, and thus the name "Brown Box". Invented by Ralph H. Barr, also known as "The Father of Video Games", he developed the brown video game console such that it can be hooked up with any ordinary TV sets. There were only six simple games for the console, namely Ping-Pong, tennis, handball, volleyball, chase games and a light-gun game.


1975 After the Atari was found in 1972, the company had its first big hit with the arcade game Pong. Pongs unique features is a single chip that produces both an on screen score and the sound the game makes when the paddle meets the ball. Pong Console

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1977 The Atari 2600, originally called the Atari VCS, is the godfather of modern videogame systems, and helped spawn a multi-billion dollar industry. Atari sold over thirty million of the consoles, and together with other companies sold hundreds of millions of games. Cartridges for the system were produced across three decades, and there are still new games being produced today. Atari 2600 VCS


1985 The Nintendo Entertainment System  released in Japan as the Nintendo Family Computer   is a Nintendo console that is considered the successor to Nintendo's Color TV Game series, and is Nintendo's first home console with interchangeable cartridges. It is an 8-bit console that introduced various franchises to the world such as the iconic  Mario  series,  The Legend of Zelda  to  Final Fantasy . Nintendo Entertainment System


1989 Nintendo scores its second smash hit with the introduction of the GameBoy in 1989, The first major handheld games console. GameBoy features an 8-bit CPU likes its parent system ( NES) and a black & white LCD Screen is used. GameBoy


1990 The  Neo Geo  is a  cartridge-based arcade system board and home video game console released on January 31, 1990 by Japanese game company SNK. Although it is a member of the fourth generation of video game consoles, it is the first system in the Neo Geo family, which ran throughout the 1990s before being revived in December 2012 with the Neo Geo X handheld and home system. Neo-Geo


1991 The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) was one of the big players in one of the most heated console wars of all time and remains as one of the most treasured consoles of all time. Its robust game library and high nostalgia level make it common place in a classic gaming collection. This guide should help classic Nintendo newbies jump right in and long-lost SNES owners find their way back to their former love. Super NES

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Big Change


1995 The launch of Sony's PlayStation marks the arrival of the most popular console of the 32 bit era of video games. Games stress three dimensional gameplay for the first time over the 2-D Games. With CD-ROM technology, the price of PlayStation games dropped dramatically from the cartridge-based games PlayStation


1996 Nintendo 64 is released, marking the last mass market system to use cartridges, though more expensive to produce. Nintendo 64 cartridges load more faster than CD-ROM games and thus lack the PlayStation loading screens. The cartridges eliminate the need for memory cards as game data can be stored on the 64 cartridges. Nintendo 64


2000 Sony releases the PlayStation 2,the first 128-bit system, it features backwards compatibility. The ability to play older 32-bit PlayStation games and also functions as a DVD Player. The PlayStation 2 became the most popular console of the 128-bit era. PlayStation 2


2001 The original  Xbox  was released on November 15, 2001 in North America, February 22, 2002 in Japan, and March 14, 2002 in Australia and Europe. It was Microsoft's first foray into the gaming console market. As part of the sixth-generation of gaming, the Xbox competed with  PlayStation ,   Sega's Dreamcast  (which stopped American sales before the Xbox went on sale), and Nintendo's  GameCube. The Xbox was the first console offered by an American company after the Atari Jaguar stopped sales in 1996. XBOX


2002 The next step in GameBoy evolution, a portable system that plays both GameBoy and GameBoy Colour portable consoles. The LCD Display shows up to 32,000 colours. GameBoy Advance


2004 Nintendo releases the Nintendo DS. The DS features dual screens and touch-screen technology, Like the GameBoy, It supports older GameBoy games. Nintendo DS


2005 The  Xbox 360  was released as the successor of the original Xbox in November 2005, competing with Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's  Wii as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles . The Xbox 360 showed an expanded Xbox Live service the ability to support wireless controllers, stream   multimedia  content from PCs, while later updates added the ability to purchase and stream music, television programs, and films through the Xbox Music and Xbox Video services, XBOX 360


2006 The PlayStation 3 (officially abbreviated as PS3) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment and the successor to the PlayStation 2 as part of the PlayStation series. A major feature that distinguishes the PlayStation 3 from its predecessors is its unified online gaming service, the PlayStation Network, which allows user to stream Video / movie / Music or other online content to PS3. PlayStation 3


2006 The Wii is a seventh generation video game console created by Nintendo, and a successor to Nintendo's previous console, the GameCube . The console comes packaged with a Wii Remote and Nunchuk, the most prominent being the former. The Wii Remote is capable of detecting movement in three dimensions and can be held with one hand. Nintendo Wii

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Current Gen Consoles


2014-Present The technology in the PlayStation 4 is relatively similar to the hardware found in personal computers . This familiarity should make it easier and less expensive for game studios to develop games for the PS4. PlayStation 4


2014-Present Xbox One is a home video game console developed and marketed by Microsoft. Xbox One had a rough start since its announcement on May 21, 2013. It was initially announced as an all in one entertainment system with TV features. This all in one Steam concept was shortly mislived by bad reception from games worldwide. Gamers didn't like the used game restrictions and the fact that Xbox One was rumored "less powerful" with a more expensive price tag. XBOX ONE

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