Games are fun. Exciting. Enthralling. And what not. They set out to give you an adrenaline rush, induce a competitive spirit in you, and teach you how to adapt and rejig in the worst of situations. For many of us, games are an escape from the reality; a chimerical world where we are all alone by ourselves and have to fight for our own good. Then you must be thinking of which Gaming Console Is the best, here you will get the answer.
The advent of the very first home video game console- Odyssey manufactured by Magnavox and released in 1972, an eccentric fad and mania was observed among the game freaks.
Since then, many Gaming Console have come and gone, but the following most renowned and loved ones still continue to rule the hearts of millions of people worldwide.
Here are some of the all-time favorite Gaming Console:
1. PLAYSTATION 2
- RELEASED IN 2000
- UNITS SOLD: ABOUT 155 MILLION
PlayStation 2 is the best-selling Gaming Console of all times. It offers better graphics then PS1 and is capable of playing PS1 games, CDs and DVDs. The light- weight gadget is energy-efficient and includes analog controller, digital surround sound and integrated port for network gaming. High profile games like Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid series were released exclusively for this console.
INTERESTING FACT: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas became such a popular game with users, that it sold 17 million copies for the PS2 alone!
2. NINTENDO WII
- RELEASED IN 2006
- UNITS SOLD: AROUND 101.54 MILLION
Nintendo Wii, the most popular family Gaming Console that anybody can play, is a seventh -generation home console alongside Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It is the first Nintendo console to support Internet connectivity, supporting both online games and for digital distribution of games.
This became the fourth best-selling Gaming Console to date, thereby repositioning Nintendo as a key player in the gaming sector. It offers games such as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Pokémon, Metroid and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz.
3. PLAYSTATION 3
- RELEASED IN 2006
- UNITS SOLD: 86.90 MILLION
It is known as the world’s most sophisticated Gaming Console due to its high- profile graphics, motion-sensing controller and smorgasbord of games.
Its ability to manage and explore photos with or without a musical slide show, play movies and video files from disk drive also acted as a fuel in increasing its popularity.
PS3, undoubtedly, brought a revolution in the gaming sector.
4. SEGA GENESIS/ MEGA DRIVE
- RELEASED IN 1988
- UNITS SOLD: ABOUT 30.75 MILLION
The ionic Sega Genesis is the most loved Gaming Console ever made owing to its great games and solid controller (hey! don’t look at the charts; you might be fooled). It also has backward compatibility with the Sega Master system. How cool is that!
Sonic the Hedgehog, a platform game published for the Sega Genesis witnessed a remarkable success in the market.
Had it not been withdrawn by Nintendo so early, its charts would have beheld an exceptional soar in the numbers.
- RELEASED IN 2013
- UNITS SOLD: AROUND 110 MILLION
It is the second most successful console in the history of gaming after PlayStation 2.
PS4 has consistently outperformed other consoles when it comes to game resolution and laser-like focus on delivering better looking visuals. Its huge catalog of exclusives from God of War to Spider- Man to newly- added games like the Final Fantasy VII remake, Death Stranding and The Last of Us Part II have acted as a cherry on the cake for its popularity enhancement.
6. XBOX 360
- RELEASED IN 2005
- UNITS SOLD: ABOUT 85 MILLION
Xbox was launched in 2005 to lord over the Sony PlayStation 3 in the home console market during the seventh generation of gaming. Microsoft left no stone unturned in making Xbox 360 a must-have machine of its generation.
With seamless online multiplayer, 512 MB RAM, 32-bit audio processor, a wireless controller system, impressive exclusive games from Halo 3 to Gears of War and a reportedly easier development process (than the PS3), this system has a lot to offer, even with the new gaming consoles hitting the market like a truck.
- RELEASED IN 2017
- UNITS SOLD: 68.3 MILLION
This wondrous hybrid console truly bridges the gap between home consoles and handhelds.
It includes the tablet- like system, left and right Joy-controllers, the Joy- Con grip to hold the controllers like a conventional gamepad, two Joy- Con straps, the Switch Dock, a USB-C wall adapter and an HDMI cable.
The Switch offers an eclectic range of games like Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
BREAKING NEWS FOR AMONG US PLAYERS!!
Among Us, the new craze among the millennials has been recently launched on Nintendo Switch as Cross- Platform game allowing mobile, PC and Switch users to play the game together.
8. GAME BOY ADVANCE
- RELEASED IN 2001
- UNITS SOLD: AROUND 81.51 MILLION
Developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo, Game Boy Advance is a 32-bit handheld and portable gaming console.
Some of the Game Boy Advance titles like Super Mario Advance series, GT Advance Championship Racing, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Final Fantasy VI Advance and Advance Wars boasted familiar gameplay and thoughtful level design. GBA games are also compatible with Nintendo DS models.
Despite its ephemeral stay of 9 years in the market, it witnessed immense craze among the gamers worldwide.
The gaming industry is changing constantly and rapidly, but some of the set-apart consoles will always remain close to our hearts. The ones that made our childhood a little more invigorating to the ones that helped us in sailing through our strenuous and miserable times, our favourite games are surely bound to reflect on our tedious, yet beautiful journey.
Let’s raise a toast to the obscure upcoming gaming console that is about to create a history. Cheers!