Second and Third Generations
Fourth and Fifth Generations
Gaming consoles were designed for the sole purpose
of playing electronic games and nothing else.
Have been around since 1970’s.
Gaming consoles have proved themselves to be the
best in digital entertainment.
Video game consoles are now extremely versatile and
games can be created for a number of purposes.
o Since its arrival Gaming Consoles have undergone
various changes considering its technology.
o We will see some revolutionary Video Game
Consoles and its technology furthur.
Magnavox released the first Console called the
Odyssey in 1972. It was invented by Ralph H. Baer
and moderately successful.
Atari’s Pong game released in 1975 caused
Magnavox to cancel and downgrade.
By the autumn of 1975 Magnavox, bowing to the
popularity of Pong, cancelled the Odyssey.
Magnavox then released a scaled down version that
played only Pong and hockey, the Odyssey 100.
Second and Third Generation
Fairchild released first cartridge based console.
Fairchild Video Entertainment System or VES – 1976
RCA and Atari soon followed
Crash of 1977
Companies sell the old and cause others to lose
Fairchild and RCA back out and only Atari and
• Atari converted arcade games to home console games.
• This caused people to gain interest once again.
• Crash of 1983
• Overload of consoles and people lose interest
• Every company goes bankrupt and drops out.
• Nintendo revives it all with the new graphics and its game Super
Fourth and Fifth
Nintendo was a major console manufacturer, with Sega
as major competitor of the Fourth Generation.
Sequels to NES, SMS & Sega Genesis released
throughout 80’s & 90’s.
The first Fifth-generation consoles were the Atari
Jaguar and the 3DO.
Despite them being more powerful than SNES and Sega
Genesis, they did not prove to be a serious threat to
It was not until Sega's Saturn, Sony's PlayStation, and
the Nintendo 64 were released that fifth generation
consoles started to become popular.
This generation saw a move towards PC-like
architectures in gaming consoles, as well as a shift
towards using DVDs for game media.
Sega's Dreamcast released in North America on
September 9, 1999 was the company's last video
game console, and was the first of the generation's
consoles to be discontinued.
The Microsoft Xbox was the first console to include an
Ethernet port and offered high speed online gaming
through the Xbox LIVE service.
The Nintendo GameCube, released November 18, 2001
in North America, was Nintendo's fourth home video
game console and the first console by the company to
use optical media instead of cartridges
Sony's PlayStation 2 was released in North America on
October 26, 2000 as the follow-up to its highly successful
PlayStation, and was also the first home game console to
be able to play DVDs.
As of July 2008, 140 million PlayStation 2 units have
been sold. This makes the best selling console of all time
This generation is based largely on the HighDefinition discs and blue ray hardware in the PS3.
Microsoft kicked off the seventh generation with the
release of the Xbox 360 released on November
22, 2005 in the United States.
Sony's Play Station 3 was released in Japan on
November 11, 2006, in North America on November
17, 2006 and in Europe on March 23, 2007. All
PlayStation 3s come with a hard drive and are able to
play Blu-ray Disc games and Blu-ray Disc movies out
of the box.
Sony PlayStation 3
The Nintendo Wii was released in North America on
November 19, 2006, in Japan on December 2, 2006, in
Australia on December 7, 2006, and in Europe on
December 8, 2006.
Wii does not support an internal hard drive, but
instead uses 512 MB of internal Flash memory and
includes support for removable SD card storage.
The Wii U is an upcoming video game
console by Nintendo and will be the successor to the Wii
which will be released in 4th quarter of 2012.
Another console, called OUYA and will be released in
Nintendo Wii U
Gaming builds your self-esteem and increased skill
You can interact with people from anywhere around
You have fun from the adrenaline rush
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