We all would still remember the joyous moment when we brought home the first video game console. Our lives have never been the same ever since. Video game consoles have evolved a great deal over the years – from being glued to our arcade machines, now we can play games wirelessly (only with our motion and gestures). While choosing the best video game console is never easy, we’d like to help by listing below the top 10 gaming consoles.
SEGA Dreamcast first made an appearance in the year 1998. Before it died down abruptly in 2001, Dreamcast had left an everlasting impression on the video game consoles industry. Having marked the advent of DVD technology in video games, Dreamcast is also remembered as the kick starter of the sixth generation of gaming consoles, which primarily include the Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox and the Nintendo GameCube.
9. SEGA Genesis:
Popularly known as the Sega Mega Drive, the Genesis is a fourth generation video game console developed by Sega. Released originally in 1989, the Genesis managed to attain high market share in Europe and North America. It competed and dominated other game consoles and home computer systems in the market. Genesis along with Super Nintendo Entertainment System was released in 1990 which dominated the 16-bit era of video gaming for years.
8. PlayStation 2:
Developed and produced by Sony as a part of its PlayStation series, PlayStation 2 was released in the year 2000. It is the sixth-generation of video game console. Its success as a game console can be understood from the fact that the PlayStation 2 became the best-selling video game console with over 150 million units sold by the end of 2011. It was the best offering from Sony, until it was succeeded by PlayStation 3. PlayStation 2 could be on even higher position in this list but various technological advancements produced even better gaming consoles over the years.
7. Nintendo 3DS:
Released at the E3 in 2010, the Nintendo 3DS is a handheld game console developed and produced by Nintendo. This gaming console was an instant hit as it featured an auto-stereoscopic display capable of displaying 3D content without the use of 3D glasses. The 3DS competes with the Sony PlayStation Vita handheld gaming console today. Its unique 3D gaming capability makes it one of the finest handheld gaming consoles ever created by game designers and developers.
6. PlayStation Vita:
Released in 2011, PlayStation Vita is a handheld game console developed and marketed by Sony. The PlayStation Vita is a successor to PlayStation Portable (PSP). Possibly, the best video game console for ‘the gamers on the go,’ the PlayStation Vita is much more than a mere game console. It features multimedia and internet connectivity (3G and Wi-Fi) too. It allows players to enjoy movies, music and web browsing.
5. PlayStation 3:
The latest edition of the famous PlayStation series of game consoles from Sony, PlayStation 3 was released in 2006. Probably one of the best video game consoles for world class gaming experience, internet and multimedia needs, the PlayStation 3 is much silent in operation. It is also slimmer in form factor and highly energy efficient. Using built-in Blu-ray player as its primary storage medium, the PlayStation 3 has great graphics for finest gaming experience and that’s why it made this far in our list.
4. Xbox 360:
The successor to the Xbox game console, the Xbox 360 was released in 2005. It is the second video game console developed and marketed by Microsoft. A direct competitor to the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii, the Xbox 360 was redesigned in 2010. The newer version was slimmer. It had Wi-Fi and five USB ports too. Microsoft has managed to sell a whopping 70 million (and counting) Xbox 360 consoles worldwide.
3. Nintendo Wii:
The Nintendo Wii is a home video game console developed and produced by Nintendo. It was released in 2006. It is a competitor to the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, but if sales are any parameter to confirm the better – Wii had more worldwide sales than either of the two until the first quarter of 2012. Wii also features WiiConnect24 which lets the user receive messages and updates over the Internet.
2. Atari 2600:
Released in 1977 by Atari, Inc., Atari 2600 is credited as an entertainment medium, which herald the use of microprocessor-based hardware and ROM cartridges containing game codes. It brought forth the real revolution of video game consoles and is considered responsible for the incredible games we now play. Considering the success the game console garnered back then, Atari 2600 soon adapted the famous arcade games like the Space Invaders and Pac-Man that added to its success.
1. Nintendo Entertainment System (NES):
An 8-bit video game console released by Nintendo in 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System or NES for short was the best selling gaming console of its time. The catastrophic crash of 1984 had almost killed the game console industry and home computers were taking over. However it was Nintendo with the Famicom (NES in US) in a design to resemble a home entertainment appliance that revived the gaming consoles industry to what we see it now.