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Gaming Console Timeline
Transcript of Gaming Console Timeline
"The Brown Box" German television engineer Ralph Baer and his coworkers created the Brown Box, the first game console
The first game on the Brown Box was 2 squares chasing eachother
The Brown Box was made by wood 1972 Odyssey After Baer and his team presented their Brown Box prototype to Magnavox
Magnavox then begins the production of the Magnavox Odyssey
A false rumor was spread that the console only worked on Magnavox TV`S The Successor to the original PlayStation the Playstation 2 was the first 128-bit system
It also featured Backwards compatibility (the ability to play PS1 Games on the system) (it was also a DVD player)
Games like The Grand Theft Auto series and Metal Gear and Final Fantasy help make the PS2 the best selling console of the 128-bit Era The PS2 PONG!! 1975 Atari 2600 VCS 1977 After recognizing that a single game system`s popularity could not last forever, Atari started working on its cartridge based system The Project of making it was known as "Stella" After Nolan Bushnell (The founder of Atari) Sold Atari to Warner Communications, Warner Backed The Release of the next Atari Console 1985 Intellivision 1980 Nintendo Entertainment System The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was released by a Japanese playing card company known as Nintendo
Retailers were skeptical about marketing another console after "The Crash"
In Japan the NES was known as the Famicom
With games like Super Mario Bros, Metroid, The Legend Of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Mega Man the NES soon broke sales records and became the best selling Video-Game Console in History Video Game Console Time Line The Crash The North American Video Game Crash was a massive bankruptcy of the video game industry that occurred from 1983 to 1984.
"The Crash" was caused by the large amount of unlicensed games and Consoles on the market.
The NES Is the console that emerged from the crash and sold enough to become the best selling console in video game history 1983-84 1989 GameBoy Nintendo introduces their second hit the first major hand held console called the GameBoy
The sales go through the roof thanks to the release of Tetris for the Gameboy
the Game Boy Colour also added updates to the system's specifications, making it more powerful 1990 Neo-Geo The debut of the Neo-Geo in 1990 was the first 24 bit system making it years ahead of its competitors
The Neo-Geo had detailed 2D graphics making it arcade level quality
But its prices $600 for a system and $200 for games caused it not to amount to mass popularity 2000 1991 Super NES After a slow start the 16 bit console catches up to its rival the Genesis thanks to a bit better technology
And thanks to the existing brands Super Mario Bros, Metroid, and Zelda newly upgraded to Super NES versions
By the end of the mid 90`s the Super Nintendo beats its rival the Sega Genesis to become the best selling 16-Bit system in the US 1995 PlayStation The launch of Sony`s "the PlayStation" marks the arrival of the most popular 32-bit console
with CD-ROM the price of their games drops from the other cartridge based games
Games like Resident Evil, Gran Turismo, Crash Bandicoot, Metal Gear Solid, and Electronic Arts Sports games (EA Sports) help make the Playstation a success 1996 Nintendo 64 The Nintendo 64 was the last big console to use cartridges
Even though they are more expensive to make they load much faster then CD-ROM and they don't need memory cards (as the game can be saved in the cartridge its self)
The Nintendo 64 brought back Mario (Mario 64), Zelda (The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time), and the hugely popular shooter GoldenEye 007 2001 Xbox X-Box 360 2005 The Xbox 360 is the second video game console made by Microsoft
It has sold over 67 million units
Some nicknames people gave the Xbox 360 before it came out where the Xbox Next, Xbox FS and Xbox 2.
The top three games played on Xbox Live are: 'Halo 3', 'Call of Duty 4' and 'Call of Duty: World at War'. Microsoft enters the console world with it`s release of "the Xbox"
Microsoft`s use of PC technology in the console allows for greater performance when compared to the other 128-bit consoles
The sales however remain far behind the PS2 2002 GameBoy Advance The new GameBoy was released in 2001 and
It was backwards compatible meaning you can play older games on it
The LED Screen can show more then 32,000 colors PS3 2006 2004 Nintendo DS The PS3 was the first console to ever have a Blu ray player in it.
As good as it is the PS3 still has not beat the Xbox 360 in sales, just missing over 4 million dollars.
The PS3 has three models normal, the slim and the new ultra slim.
The Air Force made a supercomputer by hooking up over 1700+ PS3s together to study/analyze satellite data. Nintendo releases the Nintendo DS in 2004
In an attempt to add on more functions into it`s hand held consoles
like the GameBoy Advance it features Backwards Compatibility 2005 PlayStation Portable Wii 2006 While in development, the Wii was code named Revolution. It changed to Wii on April 27, 2006.
Pink and blue Wii remotes were launched for Valentines Day 2010 for all the hardcore, romantic Wii fans.
The Wii has sold over 96 Million units all together since this June.
Wii sales were launched in November 2006 in the US and December 2006 in the UK. The timing was perfect as all the Christmas demands led to shortages in both countries. The shortage continued through 2007. Sony issues a direct challenge to Nintendo and its domination of the hand held console industry with the release of the PlayStation Portable (PSP)
Like the DS the PSP features HD Graphics, photo storage and non gaming functions
Some of these functions include; a camera, and a video player Mattel joined the console industry when it released the "Intellivision" the console was the first real competitor to Atari`s dominance
This was also the start of an 80`s console war between Atari and Mattel
The "Intellivision" Featured slightly better graphics then the Atari 2600 as well as first synthesized voices in games
Both consoles attracted 3rd party developers like Coleco and Activison
The great amount of unlicensed games and home systems like ColecoVision, Atari 5200, and Vectrex lead to a major Video-game Industry crash in 1983-84 After Nolan Bushnell founded Atari in 1972, the company has its first big hit with the arcade game Pong
In 1975 they sold a home version of Pong.
Pong was sold in Sears stores.
Pong helped Atari grow to a house hold name Wikipedia
http://www.time.com/time/interactive/0,31813,2029221,00.html Sources Curtis T.
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