Consoles have evolved a lot since the era of Pong and Pac-Man. Today it’s possible to enjoy entertaining video games at home without having to go to a specialized video game site.
Below you can read about the evolution they have had over the years.
Ralph H. Baer, better known as the father of video games, invented the first console. It consisted of a brown rectangular box with two controllers attached. This is why it was called Brown Box. This console could be connected to the television. It had six simple games like ping-pong, volleyball, gun game, tennis, handball, and chase game.
Following the Brown Box, the technology company Magnavox, created the first home video game console called Magnavox Odyssey in 1972.
1975 – 1977
In 1975, Atari marketed PONG as a home console. Magnavox improved Odyssey and launched the Magnavox Odyssey 100 and 200.
Atari launched the Atari 2600, Video Pinball, and Stunt Cycle. Telstar from Coleco stood out for its colourful games and difficulty levels.
1978 – 1980
Nintendo released its first series of consoles from 1977 to 1979. Mattel launched Intellivision in 1979 and it had great capabilities.
1981 – 1985
This was the golden age of video games. Technology advanced and so did innovation with games. Pac-man, Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, among others, had their birth. Sega and Nintendo dominated the scene.
1986 – 1990
In 1988, Sega launched the number one console of all time, the Mega Drive/Genesis. Nintendo introduced the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
1991 – 1983
The games go from cartridges to CDs. Graphics become 3D. Atari lost the battle against consoles like Sega Saturn and PlayStation.
1994 – 1997
Nintendo launched the incredible sales success of the Nintendo 64. Bandai, Casio, and Apple launched consoles without any success.
1998 – 2004
Sega Dreamcast incorporated online games in 1998. Two years later Sony launched PS2 with impressive advances. In 2001, Nintendo evolves with GameCube. Microsoft makes its great appearance with the unmatched Xbox with online games.
2005 – 2011
Only three major competitors are left in the market today: Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo.
Now we just have to wait for the future and the development of technology with video games.