Evolution of Gaming Consoles

James / August 28th, 2013

This is so cool that I have to share. It’s an infographic on the Evolution of Gaming Consoles. It looks very complete and informative. Check it out.


  • August 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Wo! That’s awesome! Thanks man!

  • Icespider

    August 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    there is actually a bunch of mistakes and a spelling error,lol, but still very cool.

    • Tim Harrod

      August 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      I came to mention “Macrovision.” (It’s Microvision)

    • super3dcow

      August 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      Oh there’s much more than just a spelling error. Using “Then” instead of “Than” multiple times, “Sega Genisis”. I’m curious how accurate the numbers and other info is as well. I wasn’t aware that the N64 and Gamecube were both significantly more powerful that PS1 and 2.

  • August 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    super cool. man, I deeply miss the good old days when video games were more than just games. the Atari Sword Quest Contest, 1993 SNES Star Fox Winter CES Laser Show (take that Star Fox 64), Bill Gates Promoting Doom for Windows 95, a time where Gamestop was once known as Funcoland and when Nintendo & Sega were once bitter enemies. the 90’s were truly the golden age of gaming.

  • Stephan Jackson

    August 28, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    wait. . .that’s a Jaguar with the CD attachment. WTF?

  • August 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I noticed an error. They listed the Atari Jaguar & Jaguar CD as the Panasonic 3DO. They really need to correct that.

  • VGWN

    August 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    There are quite a few errors, especially with launch price points and a few console names. But it’s still a very cool visual. Looks like a lot of work went into it.

  • LicaWolf

    August 28, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Cool. I admit that many of those consoles, I learnt about them for the first time thanks to your show. How many of these you own, James?

  • johnpseudo

    August 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Awesome, thanks for letting us know !

  • thegreat81

    August 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    How many of these systems do James and/or Mike have? How about some of you users out there? I think the most “obscure” systems I have on this list are the Intellivision (I think its awesome) and the Sega Saturn.

    • thegreat81

      August 28, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      I should add that none of the systems I have are actually that obscure at all!

      • thegreat81

        August 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

        Actually, ignore my first question. I forgot about their list. Sorry.

  • sloth-machine

    August 29, 2013 at 6:34 am

    I noticed it lists the SNES Satellaview as the first console with online gaming, this is not true. It did not have multiplayer and it did not offer true multiplayer gaming. It would only record high scores. Something that the Sega Channel did with the Genesis a year prior in 1994. Also, the XBAND released a year prior as well, was compatible with both the Genesis and SNES offered the first true online multiplayer.

    And the first console to connect to a phoneline or cable was the 2600, with Gameline.

    • super3dcow

      August 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Actually, the Satellaview was used for downloading games via satellite. And if you played the games during certain time periods, it also would receive live audio from people doing voice acting and stuff of the games, giving hints and acting out cutscenes. And that’s not even everything it was able to do. Considering all of this could only be done while “connected” to the satellite, I would have to agree that it is an online gaming device.

  • super3dcow

    August 29, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Kinda funny how Nintendo unintentionally created their greatest competitor when they secretly broke off ties with Sony for some reason, and then ended up getting outsold by the PS1 and PS2.

    • FJMcCloud

      August 30, 2013 at 3:33 am

      “For some reason” ?
      You mean monopolizing CD game licensing fees away from Nintendo?
      I would break ties off, too.
      It was pretty obvious Sony had grander schemes in mind anyway, and the SNES contract was just to get their foot in the door.

      This was all explained in the book “Game Over” by David Sheff.

      Nintendo also rejected Microsoft’s bid to buy them outright.

      There’s nothing funny or ironic about it. That’s how business goes sometimes. Big sharks will try to eat your lunch, and the yummier your lunch looks the more desperate the sharks get. They will get into your market by hook or crook and either try to double cross you, buy you (sometimes just to shut you down), or out-muscle you with a competing product.

      On the other hand, a former competitor (NEC) became a major chip supplier to Nintendo. They manufactured all the big chips for the N64, GameCube, Wii, etc. Not to mention the Sega Dreamcast PowerVR chip.

      • super3dcow

        August 30, 2013 at 7:12 am

        But it says Nintendo secretly canceled the deal, not Sony, that’s why I wrote my comment in the first place. Doesn’t matter if Sony had bigger plans, it all started because for some reason, Nintendo canceled the deal.

  • taykel

    August 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm


  • August 31, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    150,000,000 UFNITS of PS2 sold??? lol. lots of missing content and misplaced numbers, pretty dedicated overall though. I wish we would stop calling these INFOGRAPHS, and rather Information Displays as Top information designers Edward Tufte and Susan Verba argue.

  • September 4, 2013 at 11:30 am

    That is awesome, but I believe that the Dreamcast had an internal hard drive before the Xbox did.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    September 5, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Very cool, James. Thanks for sharing. This definitely puts everything, concisely, in one place.

  • natedog

    September 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    which next gen system are you gonna get I can’t decide maybe a wii u for my daughter,and ps4 for myself.

  • September 6, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    And the winner is the machine with the most titles available bad and good having us decide its destiny.Ps2 was sell allot of units not only because of the cool titles,but one of the main reasons was the fact that you could hack the system with a mod chip making the copying of a game easy as pie. Just by using the original dvd game and copy it with a nero on our pc.How do i know that? i have a mesiah in my ps2 guilty as charged,but that mod chip came with a price because i have give more than enough to pay for that chip just to save a lousy 100 bucks.The evolution of the gaming systems its mostly for how we make it hapen,and not entirely by it self.Great historical lesson thanks.

  • smd

    September 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Haha, the Wii was the first console to sell more than 1 Million units in one year? Man, there are SO many errors on there.

    Still, pretty cool to see all those obscure systems on there. Takes me back to the days when I was rockin’ Yar’s Revenge on my 2600, or arguing the merits of the SNES over the Genesis.

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