Retro Game Consoles – Retro Game Consoles


Retro Game Console
1974 – current

There are seven video game console generations starting in 1972. The current seventh generation does not yet have an end date for several reason. All current game consoles, the Nintendo Wii, the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360 are still in production and only one company has provided a year for release of their next generation console.

Microsoft Xbox 360 game console

Above: Atari 2600 – second generation

For Microsoft and their Xbox 720. dates are rumoured to be anywhere from 2013 to 2015 and the Playstation is rumoured to be from 2012 to 2013.

Atari 7800 game console

Above: Atari 7800 game console – third generation

Not every console has its own page. In many cases, we have combine minor revision and even major revisions of the same generation model into the same page.

What is clear is the trend.

Generations 1 through 4 focused on better graphics, faster and better performance.

Generation 5 started the transition away from speed and megahertz towards social interactivity with many console losing the battle as the missed the mark.

3DO Interactive game console

Above: 3DO Interactive game console – fifth generation

Generation 6, 7 and likely 8 are focusing more on social gaming and social interactivity.
Missing the market.

Atari was the leader with the Atari 2600 but by the time they had released the Atari 7800, they had lost their leadership role and would never again become top on their market, pulling out completely after the Jaguar.

Microsoft Xbox 360 game console

Above: Atari Jaguar game console – fifth generation

Sega had a great game machine in the Dreamcast, but after only three years, they claimed fear of the competition and losing money on each device as the reason to pull out.