The Evolution of Gaming Consoles [ article ]

I did not realize that the N64 lagged that far behind the PSOne in sales. Everyone I knew owned one, but apparently I didn’t know most people.


  • BigLord

    That was fascinating :D I love the history behind this incredible industry.

  • Sensei Le Roof

    Sentence fragments, run-ons, “then” instead of “than”… yeouch. Somebody’s proofreader was asleep.

  • Mikester

    No Atari Jaguar?

    • Diego Arthur

      Its there. They just wrote wrong its name as “Panasonic 3DO”

      • Mikester

        Ah, I see it now. You’re right, there are two “Panasonic 3DO Interactive Multiplayer” (what a mouthful)

  • SilentS

    A few minor errors on this chart. The top 10 numbers need updating because those numbers look like last years, at the time when this was originally made. Also the dispute between Nintendo and Sony makes it sound like it was the Big N who stabbed Sony, when it was Sony who was greedy, yet both were equally at fault in the end.

  • blue_esper

    Correction: While the Super Nintendo had Satellaview in 1995, the Mega Drive/Genesis had XBand in 1994 and SEGA Net Work System in 1990 (which admittedly only allowed downloading games, a service provided on the Atari 2600 as well). The XBand was designed to allow multiplayer with certain games on it’s service in a vein similar to the Satellaview. For the first TRUE online gamine, the SEGA Saturn featured that with the SEGA Netlink that only had a few games support it, but was comparable to PC Online gaming at the time, which neither the Satellaview nor the XBand could achieve to such a degree.

  • Methusael86

    Didn’t the consoles in the 70s have online gaming where you can download games through a phone line and temporarily save them onto a cartridge? Or does that not count?

  • LimEJET

    On top of all the other errors mentioned, I also like that the Coleco Telstar Combat is upside-down.

  • porkroll

    They missed the Apple Bandai Pippin from 1995.

    Also, I feel terrible for the kid who was hoping for a Saturn, PS1, even a Genesis or SNES for Christmas but instead unwrapped a Casio Loopy. :*(

  • I still don’t get why some don’t consider handheld devices as consoles. Hence GameBoys, Game Gears, Lynxes and many more missing here :(

  • Fox

    The Apple “gaming console” attempt is also missing. And also NVidia’s attempt, and certain Android Consoles.

    Still interesting though. And… actually the NES (or Famicon) already offered attempts to go online, or at least use an additional data port for the (japan only, as usual) Disk Drive. Something which later turned into the SNES BroadcastSatellite Disk Drive system.