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Console Generations – Quick Reference

2008/10/21

First Generation (1972-1977)

The “Pong Generation”

  • 1972, Magnavox Odyssey
  • 1975, PONG (Atari) and subsequent variations
  • Sears Tele-Games PONG + variations
  • 1975, General Instrument introduces GI chip (AY-3-8500) prompting stream of companies to launch their own PONG clones
  • Magnavox Odyssey 100-500, 2000-4000, Magnavox TV model 4305 (videogame built in TV)
  • Coleco: Telstar
  • Allied Leisure Industries: Name of the Game, Name of the Game II
  • Executive Games: Television Tennis, Face-off
  • First Dimension: Video Sports, Model 76
  • Universal Research: Video Action 2, Video Action III, Video action IV (aka Indy 500)
  • Wonder Wizard 7702

Second Generation (1976-1984)

  • 1976, Fairchild Channel F
  • 1977, Atari VCS / Atari 2600
  • 1977-78, Bally Astrocade
  • 1978, Magnavox Odyssey 2 (Philips)
  • 1978, Fairchild Channel F II (Zircon)
  • 1979, Tandyvision One (Mattel/Tandy)
  • 1980, Intellivsion (Mattel)
  • 1982, Emerson Arcadia 2001
  • 1982, Colecovision (Coleco)
  • 1982, Intellivsion Keyboard Component (Mattel)
  • 1982, Vectrex
  • 1982, Atari 5200 Super System (aka Atari Video System X)
  • 1983, Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom)

Third Generation (1984-1992)

The “8-bit” Generation

  • 1985, Nintendo Entertainment System
  • 1983, SG-1000 (Sega) ; never sold in the U.S.; developed between 1983-1985 for Japanese market
  • 1984, SG-1000 Mark II; never sold in the U.S.
  • 1985, Sega SG-1000 Mark III; never sold in the U.S.
  • 1986, Sega Master System (Sega’s debut console in American market)
  • 1994, Master System Compact (developed for Brazilian market)
  • 1984 (1986), Atari 7800 (Jack Tramiel releases this after NES success)
  • 1987, ATARI XE Game System

Fourth Generation (1987-1996)

The “16-bit” Generation

  • 1987, PC Engine (Nippon Electric Company with Hudson Soft); becomes TurboGrafx-16
  • 1989, TurboGrafx-16
  • 1990, TurboGrafx-CD
  • 1992, TurboDuo
  • 1988, Sega Mega Drive
  • 1989, Sega Genesis
  • 1991, Super NES/Super Famicom
  • 1990, Neo Geo AES
  • 1991, Amiga CDTV (essentially Amiga 500 computer with CD-ROM drive, instead of floppy disk drive)

Fifth Generation (1993-2002)

The “32-bit” Generation. Also “64-bit” Generation after N64

  • 1993, 3DO Interactive Multiplayer
  • 1993, Amiga CD32 (Commodore)
  • 1993, Jaguar (Atari)
  • 1995, Apple/Bandai Pippin
  • 1995, Sega Saturn
  • 1995, Sony Playstation
  • 1996, Nintendo 64

Sixth Generation (1998-2006)

The “128-bit” Generation

  • 1998, Sega Dreamcast
  • 2000, Sony Playstation 2
  • 2001, Nintendo GameCube
  • 2001, Microsoft Xbox

Seventh Generation (2005-Present)

  • 2005, Microsoft Xbox 360
  • 2006, Playstation 3
  • 2006, Nintendo Wii
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 2008/10/28 10:03 am

    Great site, I’ll come back and read more when I have more time.

  2. Nyssa permalink*
    2008/10/29 9:52 am

    Thank you ^_^ I’ll have more related content and articles up in the future hopefully by then.

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