10 of history’s best gaming consoles
Since the late 70s and early 80s, the world’s imagination has been enamoured by video games. With them sending us to thrilling new worlds filled with colourful and interesting characters, a lot of us have spent hours upon hours playing.
Played in a variety of different consoles, these games have become more exciting and fun as the years go by. Today at CleverCart, we’ll be talking about these consoles and the features they had that gave us exciting gaming experiences.
The thrilling, story-based games of the PS3 and PS4 or the multitude of unique gaming systems of the PS2, all started with the Playstation that propelled the video game industry to its height today.
This was a surprise since before the release of the Playstation in 1994, Sony failed to create their own gaming console even after partnering with Sega and Nintendo.
This failure has led hardware developer, Ken Kutaragi, to think that Sony should create its own gaming platform without having to partner with other companies. And from that seed of an idea, the Sony Playstation was born.
Thanks to the Playstation’s use of 3D graphics in an era filled with primarily 2D sprites, the gaming world was introduced to something unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.
To better implement this console as a solid, competitive one against the industry giants like Nintendo and Sega, Sony purchased UK-based studio Psygnosis and popular arcade game developer, Namco. With these pieces in place, Sony was able to create a gaming platform that became one of the best things about the 1990s. Filled with classic video games such as Tekken and Gran Turismo, the move from 2D to 3D was inevitable.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1994)
Back in the mid-90s, it was clear that Sega was king. With the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis released to the public, more and more people were buying it than any other console out there. Then everything changed when the SNES came out in 1994.
With gorgeous, eye-popping, colourful graphics and iconic characters like Donkey Kong, Link and of course, Mario pilling up on electronic store shelves, business was once again booming for Nintendo. Today, countless people who’ve grown up in the 90s have restored their copies of the SNES to give themselves a sense of glorious nostalgia as they’ve played through some classic childhood games.
Sega Genesis (1988)
Since their popularity in the 80s, Nintendo practically had a monopoly over the gaming industry. With iconic characters like Mario, Link and Donkey Kong at their disposal and the respective characters’ games being literal game-changers in the world of games, it’s clear that the public wanted and trusted Nintendo.
This reign then ended with the release of the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. Thanks to being supported by prestigious gaming developers like EA, brand-new exciting games to play with colourful graphics and exciting characters, it was the Sega Genesis that lorded over the late 80s up to the early 90s.
However, the most important thing that the Sega Genesis did was create the now-iconic and beloved Sonic the Hedgehog. With his adorable design, thrillingly colourful action-packed and fast-paced features of his video game, he became a beloved icon to so many gamers and children.
Nintendo DS (2004)
The mid-2000s were also a golden age of handheld gaming systems with the release of the PSP, continued use of the Gameboy advance and of course, the now-iconic Nintendo DS. Characterized by a sleek and slim design perfect for compact gaming, this was truly a gaming console to look at!
Then once paired with tons of games, from the twists on beloved classics such as the 3D graphics on the iconic sidescroller gameplay of New Super Mario Bros. to the beautifully quirky new generation of games like the detecting gameplay of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, the DS truly ruled this era of gaming.
Then with the two-screen system, now Nintendo’s signature for their new consoles, there have been a lot of thrillingly unique gaming opportunities offered by the Nintendo DS platform.
This system was then upgraded 6 years later into the exciting 3DS. Here, there’s more immersive gameplay as it offered a 3D feature that made it appear your favourite characters are going on adventures right in front of you.
When talking about the sales of the system, its success was undeniable as it sold 154.02 million units worldwide. This was definitely one of Nintendo’s pride and joy that showed their innovations and love for creativity.
Playstation 3 (2006)
As we look back on the PS3 today, mostly great memories are remembered. From the gorgeous graphics, storylines and gameplay of the games you’ve played in it, it’s easy to forget that this was practically a miracle to achieve.
With a lot of delays from Sony for them to properly incorporate a game-changing graphics processor called ‘cell’ and a Blu-ray drive to better handle the games released, it was truly a unique time for Sony. After all, Nintendo and Microsoft were dominating the market with their releases of the Wii/DS and the Xbox 360 respectively.
Then when the PS3 was finally released, it blew everyone’s minds away! With more mature, storyline-based games that headlined their first-party games such as God of War and Uncharted, the PS3 was truly a gaming console to be reconned with.
Playstation 2 (2000)
Known as the ‘best-selling console of all time’, the Playstation 2 has captured the hearts of millions of homes globally. Thanks to its incredible graphics card that was ahead of its time, players were treated to a wide variety of gorgeous and thrilling video games and watched their favourite DVDs in HD.
With these offerings, Sony’s sleek, black box was able to sell a remarkable 155 million units sold! Even up to today, we’re still feeling the impact of this console as it has influenced many of its successors. From its high-tech minimalist design, great graphics, gameplay and diversity in games selection.
Additionally, it was thanks to the Playstation 2 that the masses have finally seen video games as art, not just ‘toys’ that the whole family was enjoying. Now, video games have become one of the most prestigious and lucrative industries in the world, with over a million dollars in value.
Nintendo Switch (2017)
After their successful, 100 million units sold in sales of the Wii, Nintendo was looking to capitalize on its motion-controlled success. In doing so, they’ve created the WiiU. However, the Wii successor was not what they were hoping for. With the market not particularly responding to the console, it was deemed a failure for Nintendo.
However, without the WiiU, the Switch would have never been created. Using the concept that WiiU introduced that allows you to have two, HD screens (one the TV, the other the console) for play, they managed to finally get the success they’re looking for in the Switch.
However, what separates the Switch from the WiiU is that now, the console is portable and you don’t need a TV to play it. This is all thanks to Nintendo’s brand-new HD graphics card installed within the Switch. Allowing you to have the gorgeous graphics you only used to see on the TV.
Xbox 360 (2005)
Though it was Sony and Nintendo that were leading the video game market, it was Microsoft’s Xbox 360 that introduced us to how we know video games today.
By introducing an HD graphics card in its systems, the Xbox 360 showed just how incredibly realistic and/or artistic video game graphics could be. Paired with more nuanced storytelling in games, more thrilling worlds to play in and the introduction of live, online competitive/co-op multiplayer modes, the Xbox brought players into a brand-new era of gaming.
Playstation 4 (2013)
Despite being almost 10 years old, the PS4 is still being supported by the company and countless developers and players, even with the release of its successor, the PS5. This long-lasting usage is a testament to how excellent this gaming console is.
Through its game-focused processing system, players got to enter thrilling worlds filled with adventure and excitement. Paired with an excellent, wireless controller and world-class storytelling, the immersive experience for the PS4 was simply a technological miracle.
Nintendo Wii (2006)
With technology becoming more and more complicated, the barrier to entry has never been greater, even in 2006. From the complicated settings of more advanced consoles in the market, fewer and fewer new players were able to try out new game consoles and their offerings.
Then when Nintendo came out with the Wii in 2006, this all changed. Thanks to its unique, easy-to-use, motion-controlled game controller, plenty of new players were starting to get into the Wii gaming system. From the youngest child in the family to even grandparents, everyone was enjoying their Wii console at home.