Video Game Consoles History

Do you remember the time when you need to go to the arcade and use tokens just to play your favorite game? That was also the time when I would even skip classes just to go to arcades with my friends. Looking back to those times while comparing how games are played today really amazed me.

The video games came to life when Atari introduced their Atari 2600 in 1977. This is the first-ever video game console. During that time, this game console is very expensive and is being sold at $249 each, which is surprisingly the same price of the consoles we have today. The same year Nintendo released their first console called TV Game 6 and Midway with their Space Invaders.

In 1980 some of the classical games like Namco’s Pacman and Atari’s Asteroids were released. This is the time when everyone thought that gaming is at its peak, but things didn’t go as planned.

By 1994, massive manufacturing of substandard cartridges made this industry crash. A lot of game companies were forced to pull out and only three companies were left standing still; Nintendo, Sega, and Atari, which was in a bad shape.

In 1995, Atari was not able to maintain its good standing and was forced to move out of the scene. This is also the time when Sony emerge out of nowhere with the first-ever CD-based game console called Playstation. In order to keep up with the competition, Sega has released Saturn, while Nintendo released the last game console to use cartridges called Nintendo 64.

In mid-2000’s Microsoft entered the gaming industry with their Xbox while Sega left the industry, and is only-known today as a game console history. Up to these days, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are competing against each other in order to give us full entertainment with advanced accessories and games.