About every three to five years, video game fans are usually rewarded with new generation consoles. In this way, gaming is constantly evolving, offering an increasingly better experience to Gamers.
The three biggest companies that have caught the attention of gamers in recent years are Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. In recent years, we have seen huge systems such as Sega, Atari, Intellivision and others, but today, the three major companies completely dominate the console market.
Of course, it is not just the specifications and sales that make a console stand out. Games are also one of the most important components of success. A system is as good as the applications that support it. The quality and quantity of the original and third titles can take off or ruin a console.
Given the above, let's look at the video game consoles that have dominated in recent decades.
Starting from the 1970s and more specifically in 1977, we have its release Atari 2600.
It was a home video game console developed and produced by Atari, Inc. It was released on September 11, 1977 and made public the use of hardware based on microprocessors and games stored on interchangeable ROM tapes. This format was first used by Fairchild Channel F in 1976. The original Atari console was renamed the Atari 2600 in 1982 when Atari released the next generation console, the Atari 5200.
Next on the list is Nintendo Entertainment System.
The original Nintendo Entertainment System certainly revolutionized the world of home consoles. It featured popular games such as the original Legend of Zelda and the Donkey Kong Classics sequel as well as the first three Super Mario Bros. games.
Another popular console for its time was the Sega Genesis released in 1988.
Although often overshadowed by Nintendo, Sega managed to stay ahead of its competitor, releasing its 16-bit console ahead of Nintendo. Sega has released several successful games on the Genesis console, most notably Sonic the Hedgehog. Genesis marks the closest Sega console to Nintendo's immense popularity.
Of course, the first and most successful of all the portable consoles of its generation cannot be missing from our list, Nintendo Game Boy.
Featuring iconic titles like Super Mario Land and Pokémon, the console also had a reasonable price. This allowed Game Boy to dominate the portable gaming console market.
Nintendo's dominance of portable consoles continues to this day, with Game Boy's various successors, including Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance, remaining extremely successful. The successor to the Game Boy series, the Nintendo DS, remains the second best-selling gaming console of all time and the best-selling portable handheld console.
In 1994 it is released for the first time Sony PlayStation, one of the most important and famous game consoles of all time.
The original PlayStation gaming system brought a cinematic gaming experience to your living room, while also appealing to adults, marking a new era in home entertainment.
Our list goes on and on Sony PlayStation 2, one of the most famous game consoles of all time.
The Sony PlayStation 2 is officially the best-selling console in the world, having sold over 157 million units.
Specifically, the PS2 is also the first video game system to feature backwards compatibility, which means it can play games made for the original PlayStation as well as the new generation PS2. Its continued popularity led to an unusually long production period of thirteen years. In fact, the PS2 was not officially discontinued until the release of the PlayStation 4 Pro.
Η Microsoft has remained a constant competitor to Sony in terms of video game consoles.
One of the most popular consoles of the company, but also in general, is the system Xbox, which has managed to compete steadily with the PlayStation. One of the biggest changes that revolutionized the video game industry was the proliferation of multiplayer online gaming.
While older consoles (such as the Sega Dreamcast) had Internet capabilities, Xbox Live marked the first truly successful online gaming experience. Although Xbox Live was released during the original Xbox, it did not reach its full potential until the Xbox 360 was released in 2005.
Speaking of video games, we can not fail to mention its evolution PC gaming, which has occurred somewhat independently of the consoles.
Home consoles generally provide much easier access to the gaming world, as a gaming computer generally has to be purchased in parts and assembled piece by piece. In return for this extra effort, PC gamers get a more customizable experience as well as better graphics, faster response, and access to third-party updates for certain games.
One of the most popular game consoles released in the gaming industry, is Nintendo Switch.
The console managed to make a dynamic start, and as everything shows, the Switch is one of the most successful Nintendo consoles, completely renewing gaming as we knew it. The Switch is the culmination of all of Nintendo's capabilities, combining an upgrade of the motion controllers after the innovative Nintendo Wii.
Because of this, the Switch contains more powerful console mechanisms that produce a completely cinematic gaming experience unlike anything any Nintendo console has done so far. Perhaps the key to the Switch's popularity, however, is its dual role, both as a portable console and as a home console.
In addition to these features, it also offers exclusive Nintendo games, including hugely popular titles in the Legend of Zelda and Super Mario series.
Before the PS5, the PS4 has reopened the battle for consoles after the PlayStation 3 was overshadowed by the release of the Xbox 360.
This makes sense given the game titles it offers, from God of War to Spider-Man, to games like the Final Fantasy VII remake, Death Stranding and The Last of Us 2. In addition, it was the first console with a "real" VR headset that worked quite well at a much more affordable price. The PlayStation 4 had flexibility and an amazing video game library that gave it the boost it needed.
One of the most innovative consoles released is Wii.
The Wii was a milestone in the video game industry not only because of its design and motion control, but also because it refreshed the way we view video games. It was a console that could be used by the whole family.
It also had a library of great titles, such as Mario (Smash, Mario Kart) and many other remakes as well as new IPs, making it an almost perfect console for its time.
The history of video game consoles so far shows that this is an ever-evolving field that is increasingly improving the home gaming experience.