Timeline

Console Timeline

Release dates are of earliest date (eg if released in America in 1977 then Europe in 1978, 1977 will be stated

First Generation 1972-1977

Console Magnavox Odyssey Magnavox Odyssey Series Atari Tele games pong Coleco Telstar Nintendo Color TV Game
Maker Magnavox Magnavox Atari Coleco Nintendo
Release Date 1972 1975 1975 1976 1977
Launch Price $100 $100-230 $98.95 $50 $100
Media Cartridge na Inbuilt chip Cartridge na
Sales 330000 na 150000 1 million 3 million
Notes Japan only

Second Generation 1976-1984

Console Fairchild Channel F Atari 2600 Magnavox   Odyssey2 Intellivision Atari 5200
Maker Fairchild   Semiconductor Atari Magnavox Mattel Atari
Release Date 1976 1977 1978 1979 1982
Launch Price $170 $199 $200 $299 $270
Media Cartridge Cartridge Cartridge Cartridge Cartridge
Console Vectrex Arcadia 2001 ColecoVision Bally Astrocade Sega SG-1000
Maker Milton Bradley Emerson Coleco Bally Technologies Sega
Release Date 1982 1982 1982 1977 1983
Launch Price 199 NA NA NA 15,000 Yen (Japan   only)
Media Cartridge Cartridge Cartridge &   Cassette Cartridge &   Cassette Cartridge &   Cassette

Third Generation 1983-1992

Console NES PV-1000 Master System Atari 7800
Maker Nintendo Casio Sega Atari
Release Date 1983 1983 1985 1987
Launch Price $199 14,800 Yen $199 $140
Media Cartridge Cartridge Cartridge & data card Cartridge
Sales (Milion) 61.91M na (Japan only) 10-13M 3.77M

Fouth Generation 1987-1996

Console TurboGrafx-16 Mega Drive/Genesis SNES Neo Geo
Maker Hudson Soft/NEC Sega Nintendo SNK
Release Date 1987 1988 1990 1991
Launch Price $249 $190 $200 $649
Media Cartridge Cartridge Cartridge Cartridge
Sales (Milion) 10M 46.25M 49.10M na

The other big seller was the CD-i with 570,000

Fifth Generation 1993-2006

Console Saturn Playstation Nintendo 64 Jaguar
Maker Sega Sony Nintendo Atari
Release Date 1994 1994 1996 1993
Launch Price $399 $299 $199 $250
Media CD-ROM CD-ROM Cartridge Cartridge
Sales (Milion) 9.5M 102.49 32.93M 500,000
Console FM Towns Marty Amiga CD32 3DO
Maker Fujitsu Commodore Panasonic
Release Date 1993 1994 1993
Launch Price 66,000 Yen $399 $700
Media CD-ROM, Floppy CD-ROM CD-ROM
Sales (Milion) na na 2M

Sixth Generation 1998-present

Console Dreamcast Playstation2 Gamcube Xbox
Maker Sega Sony Nintendo Microsoft
Release Date 1998 2000 2001 2001
Launch Price $199 $299 $199 $299
Media GD-ROM DVD GC-DISC DVD
Sales (Milion) 10M 150M 21.6M 24M

Seventh Generation 2005-present

Console Xbox360 PS3 Wii
Maker Microsoft Sony Nintendo
Release Date 2005 2006 2006
Launch Price $299-$479 $499-$599 $249
Media DVD,HD-DVD Blu-Ray Wii Disc
Sales (Milion) 66M 63.9M 100.57M

Eighth Generation 2012-???

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