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History of Game Consoles. Furqan Ali Awan 074-BSCS-2010. Contents. Today’s Agenda. Introduction. A Brief History of Gaming. 1st Generation. 2nd Generation. 3rd Generation. 4th Generation. 5th Generation. 6th Generation. 7th Generation. Conclusion. I N T R O D U C T I O

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history of game consoles

History ofGameConsoles

Furqan Ali Awan


today s agenda


Today’s Agenda


A Brief History of Gaming

1st Generation

2nd Generation

3rd Generation

4th Generation

5th Generation

6th Generation

7th Generation


a brief history of gaming
A Brief History of Gaming
  • 1947: Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device
  • 1950-1951: Chess
  • 1951: NIM
  • 1952: OXO / Noughts and Crosses (Tic-Tac-Toe)
  • 1958: Tennis for Two
  • 1966: Odyssey
  • 1971: Galaxy Game
  • 1971: Computer Space
  • 1972: Pong
1 st generation
1st Generation
  • First Game console ever invented was by SabeelAsghar
  • In 1972, Magnarox created the 1st Video Game Console which could be connected to TV Set called Magnavox Odyssey
  • Popularity of Pong influenced the creation of Magnavox Odyssey II(Odyssey 200) in 1975
2 nd generation
2ND Generation
  • Fairchild released the Fairchild Video Entertainment System (VES) in 1976.
  • The VES contained a programmable microprocessor so its cartridges only needed a single ROM chip to store microprocessor instructions.
  • Atari dominated the console market in the early 1980s.
  • Atari released a conversion of the arcade hit Space Invaders in 1980 on Atari 2600
3 rd generation
3rd Generation
  • In 1983, Nintendo released the Family Computer (or Famicom) in Japan.
  • Like Space Invaders for the 2600, Nintendo found its breakout hit game in Super Mario Bros.
  • Famicom supported high-resolution sprites and tiled backgrounds, but with more colors.
  • Famicom used a front-loading cartridge port similar to a VCR.
  • Sega\'s Master System was intended to compete with the NES, but never gained any significant market share in the US and was barely profitable.
4 th generation
4th Generation
  • Sega regained market share by releasing its next-generation console, the Mega Drive/Genesis
  • Mega Drive then became truly successful with the 1991 Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Nintendo also released Super Nintendo Entertainment System(SNES)
  • Sega extended the Mega Drive with the Mega CD/Sega CD
  • Other Consoles are NEC\'s TurboGrafx-16 and SNK Playmore\'s Neo Geo.
5 th generation
5th Generation
  • The first fifth generation consoles were the Atari Jaguar and the 3DO.
  • It was not until Sega\'s Saturn, Sony\'s PlayStation, and the Nintendo 64 were released that fifth generation consoles started to become popular.
  • PlayStation spawned a whole lineup of consoles from generation to generation and has earned Sony great respect as a video game company, becoming the first video game system to sell over 100 million consoles.
  • CDs were used by PlayStation as Storage Medium while Nintendo 64 still used Cartridges.
6 th generation
6th Generation
  • PC-like architectures and DVD’s were the major improvement in this generation
  • PlayStation 2, Dreamcast and Gamecube were the main consoles of 6th Generation
  • 140 million PlayStation 2 units have been sold until now which makes it the best selling console of all time.
  • Microsoft also entered the console market 1st time with Xbox in 2001
7 th generation
7th Generation
  • This generation introduced motion as input, and IR tracking as well as Blu-Ray as a new storage media
  • Nintendo introduced Wii, while Sony and Microsoft released PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Unlike the previous two generations there was no dominant platform this generation and both Xbox 360 and PS3 continue to sell equally well.