Video Game Consoles are found all around the world. People buy them for entertainment purposes. Children as well as young teens are addicted to them. Even in few cases, adults are also seen playing with video game consoles. They are sold in millions each year. These gaming consoles are solely dedicated to gaming. There are a many companies throughout the gaming history that have released many gaming consoles. But, there are only 10 of these consoles which are worthy enough to be mentioned in to the top 10 best video game consoles of all time. Games used to be different in the past unlike games today on Facebook or other mobile devices.
They are considered to be the most profitable in business. Many new companies have sprung up to share the spoils. The competition has certainly increased. The list below shows the top 10 video game consoles of all time. We have tried to be as brief as possible with every gaming console so that it also helps you in argument with your friends over which gaming console is superior to which one. You might also want to see some amazing video games releasing in 2015 on different consoles.
- Nintendo Wii
Nintendo Wii was created by Ninetendo. Nintendo had released the Nintendo 64 which had awesome games but the increased competition with Microsoft and Sony reduced the popularity of Nintendo. Two attempts to success with the NES and Super NES. Nintendo want to a whole new level. It created the Wii. Wii put much emphasis on user interface and surround sound experience. The idea to play with anything we could pick up changed the scenario of the gaming universe. Nintendo introduced the Remote which had few buttons but allowed motion control. The Nintendo strategy worked. The Wii with its controller had attracted millions of games to their system. The Nintendo Wii shook the gaming industries shifting every profit towards its direction. Competitors like Microsoft and Sony had to adapt to this new way to play for finding success in their own ranks.
- Nintendo 64
Nintendo 64 was manufactured by Nintendo in the year 1996. The 64 was the latest major console to use a cartridge in the gaming and console industry. While the 64 was replaced by the GameCube it still was used widely by people all around the world. The 64 was code named “Ultra 64” and was released as the part of the fifth generation gaming. The 64 mainly competed with the Playstation. The N64 had uber-sensitive analog stick. The N64 was the most successful when the Super Mario 64 was released which showed the peak of the N64. The N64 comes in 9th in the list of the top 10 video game consoles of all time.
Dreamcast was released and manufactured by SEGA in the year 1999. It was the first console built in the sixth generation of console era and was the ancestor of Playstation 2, GameCube and Xbox. The dreamcast was made to reduce the loss of SEGA. It included a Hitachi Sh-4 CPU and a NEC PowerVR2 GPU. The dreamcast enjoyed success in the US after its release. The system, however, was no match for the Sony PS2 and the sales of DreamCast declined. The games introduced in the DreamCast include Crazy Taxi and Shenmue. The Dreamcast was also included a built-in modem for Internet support and online play. The DreamCast production made SEGA focus on its games that include Sonic the Hedgehog. The Dreamcast left a legacy in its name after its extinction.
Sony released the Playstation in the year 1995. The PS change the scenario of the market business after it was very successful in kicking of its sales. The Playstation was the first console to sell 100 million units in 9 years and 6 months. This console also brought Microsoft to the console scene. For the PS assistance, a Dual Shock Controller was introduced and many awesome games were created. Like SEGA Saturn, Playstation helped to bring the gaming industry from 2D to 3D. The Playstation takes 7th spot in the list of the top 10 video game consoles of all time.
- Xbox 360
Xbox 360 was introduced to the gaming market by Microsoft in the year 2005. Xbox 360 has the title of being the first HD gaming console introduced. The Xbox was unveiled in MTV on 2005. Xbox has an online system within it known as Xbox Live. It unlocks huge range of multiplayer games and allows gamers from all around the world to sync with each other. The Xbox hit the market with a wireless controller system. Even though it feels that we can play at a long range but its connectivity is somehow limited. Several new features were setup by Microsoft in order to increase its sales and also introduced a Kinetic Motion Sensing camera. It is known that in June 2014, Xbox sold over 84 million consoles making it the sixth-highest selling console in the world. The Xbox takes the 6th spot in the list.
- SEGA Genesis
Genesis was manufactured by SEGA and it was released in 1989. It was succeeded by SEGA Dreamcast. The Genesis is known to be SEGA’s third console and came after the Master System. The Genesis system revolved around SEGA’ System 16 arcade board which had a Motorola 68000 processor as the main CPU and the Zilog Z80 acted as a collateral processor. Genesis was highly successful due to SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog series. Genesis was also supported by EA and gave support to it and gave it a different genre of sports games. The SEGA Genesis’s six-button controller is considered to be one of the best at its age. The Genesis takes 5th spot in the list of the top 10 video game consoles of all time.
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) was a 16-bit console manufactured by Nintendo in the year 1991. Nintendo had produced its second console (SNES) which contained advanced sound capabilities as well as advanced graphics compared to other consoles. The SNES had a variety of enhancement chips in its circuit boards to make sure the SNES was successful against other consoles. The SNES became a Global Sensation, becoming the best selling console in the 16-bit generation. It received fierce competition from the SEGA’s Genesis. The SNES was manufactured in the fourth generation of video game consoles. The SNES achieved a legendary status after games like Final Fantasy VI, Mega Man X, Contra III and Chrono Trigger were released. The SNES is truly a force to be reckoned with.
- Playstation 2
The Playstation 2 was released in 2000 by Sony. The PS 2 was the second console manufactured by Sony in the Playstation Family. Playstation 2 was a sixth generation console and competed largely with SEGA’s Dreamcast. The Playstation 2 has the title of being the best selling console in history by selling over 155 million units. It is said that over 3,874 games have been released since the PS 2 came into being. The PS 2 CPU contains an “Emotion Engine” with 128-bit SIMD capabilities. It had an 8 MB memory card as well as an add-on 40 GB hard drive. It contained a Graphics Synthesizer. The playstation 2 is definitely one of the best consoles in the world
- Atari 2600
The Atari 2600 was manufactured by Atari.Inc in the year 1977. It is the console of the second-generation era. The Atari 2600 was previously known as the Atari VCS but after the release of Atari 5200, it was renamed the Atari 2600. The Atari 2600 came with 2 joystick controllers and a paddled controller with a cartridge. The controller inputs include a driving controller as well as a Keypad. The Atari uses MOS 6507 as the primary CPU. It contained a memory of 128 bytes. The best selling game o Atari was Pac-Man that sold over 7 million copies. The Atari takes the runner-up spot in the list of the top 10 video game consoles of all time.
- Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) tops the list of the top 10 video game consoles of all time when we didn’t even have the right concept of first person shooter games :p . The NES is an 8-bit console and was manufactured by Nintendo in the year 1983. The NES is a third generation console. The Nintendo Entertainment System was the best-selling console of its time selling over 61 million units. The NES had a Ricoh 2A03 8-bit processor as well as a ROM cartridge and 2 controller ports. The NES had many games compatible to its system. It’s best selling games include Mario Bros and Duck Hunt. The NES was named the single greatest console in world history and is still considered one of the best.