Technology Evolution through Video Games

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Technology Evolution through Video Games By:Gertrudiz Mendoza First Generation - 1972 The Magnavox Odyssey was the first video game console, released in 1972. Although…
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Technology Evolution through Video Games By:Gertrudiz Mendoza First Generation - 1972
  • The Magnavox Odyssey was the first video game console, released in 1972.
  • Although the first computer games appeared in the 1950s,[2] they were based around vector displays, not analog video. It was not until 1972 that Magnavox released the first home video game console which could be connected to a TV set—the Magnavox Odyssey, invented by Ralph H. Baer.
  • Second Generation
  • Fairchild released the Fairchild Video Entertainment System (VES) in 1976. While there had been previous game consoles that used cartridges, either the cartridges had no information and served the same function as flipping switches.
  • The Atari 2600 became the most popular game console of the second generation.
  • Third Generation- 1983
  • 1983, Nintendo released the Family Computer (or Famicom) in Japan. . Nintendo brought their Famicom over to the US in the form of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985
  • The NES made video games popular again after the 1983 crash.
  • Fourth Generation- 1990
  • Sega regained market share by releasing its next-generation console, the Sega Genesis.
  • Fifth Generation- 1994-1996
  • The Sega Saturn was released in North America on May 11, 1995 as the first independent Sega system to use a CD-ROM based media standard, besides the Sega CD add-on for Sega Genesis, and used a special dual chip processor.
  • Fifth Generation- 1994-1996
  • Sony's PlayStation was released in Japan on December 3, 1994 and in North America on September 9, 1995. The PlayStation was the eventual result of a breakdown of a business partnership plan between Sony and Nintendo to create a CD add-on for the Nintendo.
  • The Nintendo 64 was released in North America on September 29, 1996 as Nintendo's answer to the growing dominance of the PlayStation. It was a 64-bit console.
  • Sixth Generation 1999-2001
  • Sega's Dreamcast released in North America on September 9, 1999
  • Sony's PlayStation 2 was released in North America on October 26, 2000 as the follow-up to its highly successful PlayStation, and was also the first home game console to be able to play DVDs.
  • Microsoft's Xbox, released on November 15, 2001 in North America, was the company's first video game console. The first console to employ a hard drive right out of the box to save games, and had similar hardware specifications to a low-end desktop computer at the time of its release.
  • The Nintendo GameCube, released November 18, 2001 in North America, was Nintendo's fourth home video game console and the first console by the company to use optical media instead of cartridges
  • Seventh Generation
  • Microsoft kicked off the seventh generation with the release of the Xbox 360 released on November 22, 2005 in the United States.
  • Sony's Play Station 3 was released in Japan on November 11, 2006, in North America on November 17, 2006 and in Europe on March 23, 2007.
  • The Nintendo Wii was released in North America on November 19, 2006, in Japan on December 2, 2006, in Australia on December 7, 2006, and in Europe on December 8, 2006
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