Gaming Consoles History

A gaming consoles history shows how consoles have evolved from the most primitive systems to complex virtual reality machines. While gaming consoles of yesteryear may seem antiquated and irrelevant, they established a precedent that drives modern gaming technology. Indeed, if you learn more about past consoles, you'll appreciate today's systems even more.

The Magnavox Odyssey
In 1967, an inventor by the name of Ralph Baer began work on what would become the world's first gaming console. An analog machine with extremely crude graphics, the Magnavox Odyssey hit the market in 1972 after several years of development. The Magnavox Odyssey had no sound capacity, and a poor marketing job performed by Magnavox chains drove sales into the ground. Even though it was unpopular, the Magnavox Odyssey hinted at the potential of future consoles.

Atari Pong
In 1975, Atari unveiled Pong, a simple video game that involved bouncing a ball between two digital sticks. The game was developed by Nolan Bushnell, a pioneer in the gaming field. Pong has served as an unwitting target for mockery since it is so basic. However, the Pong interface influenced later console designers.

Nintendo Entertainment System
During the 10 years between 1975 and 1985, many gaming systems would be released, some more successful than others. While many were novel in design and function, they were quickly rendered obsolete by later models. In 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System was released, and gaming would never be the same. Many of history's most popular games, such as Super Mario Brothers and the Legend of Zelda, were made for the NES. Designed in Japan by a team led by Masayuki Uemura, the Nintendo Entertainment Systems allowed for previously inconceivable interactive capabilities.

Xbox 360, PlayStation And Modern Consoles
Graphics of games for the Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation are both complex and beautiful. So involved and detailed are these modern systems, it can be difficult to trace their connection to systems of 20 years ago. These systems, which now also include gaming laptops, facilitate online interactive play in a community environment and can even act as mini-entertainment centers. The Xbox 360, PlayStation and others represent the ultimate realization of the promises made by early consoles nearly 40 years ago.

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