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The History of Video Game Systems

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Millions of people play video games on a daily basis or at least a couple of times per week. They play those games on their computer, on their mobile phones, or on video game systems. Video game systems are more notably referred to as gaming consoles. These consoles have been changed, updated, revamped and improved over the past couple of decades. Some of the most popular video game systems include PlayStation (the entire series), Xbox (the entire series), Nintendo (the entire series) and Sega Genesis. Below we will provide a brief history of these video game systems and what they offer to the gamer.

PlayStation: This gaming system is produced by Sony and features PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable in its list of consoles and handheld systems. The very first console, PlayStation, was released back in 1994. It had two ports for two separate controllers and one circular opening in the middle of the console where the CD would be placed inside. The games were published on CDs and any PlayStation game could be played on PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. PlayStation 2 was released in North America in 2000 and PlayStation 3 was released in North America in November of 2006. PlayStation Portable was released in March of 2005 in North America.

Xbox: This gaming system was the first foray into the gaming console market by Microsoft. It was released in 2001 and was discontinued in 2006. Xbox allows gamers to play their video games online against millions of other gamers across the world. The successor to this system, Xbox 360, was released in November of 2005. The release of the Xbox 360 was one of the main reasons why the Xbox was discontinued from being produced and sold in the video game market. There are various Xbox 360 limited editions available for purchase including Halo 3, the Simpsons, and Resident Evil 5.

Nintendo: Nintendo has released quite a few different video game consoles in their gaming history. Their first console released in North America (1985) was the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and it was accompanied with the Super Mario Bros. video game. In fact, Nintendo is the longest surviving video game console manufacturer to this date. In 1989, the Game Boy, a handheld system, was released by Nintendo. The company has also released Super NES (selling over 49 million consoles), the Nintendo 64, the Nintendo GameCube and the Wii. The Wii is the most recent console release from Nintendo.

Sega Genesis: The Sega Genesis was released in North American markets in 1989 with 14 million consoles sold in the United States and over 29 million worldwide. The Sega Genesis competed fiercely with the Nintendo NES, eventually losing the battle. The Sega Genesis was the most successful console in Sega’s history and its consoles and games are still popular in parts of the world today. In fact, some of the old games have been re-released for newer consoles and offered as downloads on the Internet.

TJ Michaels is a console technician who writes for [url not allowed], the experts for [url not allowed].

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