Video games have seen quite the evolution in the past 30 years. Starting with pong and those cheap 2-bit graphics, all the way to the newest Xbox and PS4’s with graphics that make you think you’re watching reality – gaming has come a long way. But along the way, it’s fun to take a look back and remember those consoles that, while are not as powerful as today’s machines, had you standing in line for hours outside electronic store doors just so you could be the first to get your hands on one. So without further ado, here’s the top gaming consoles of all time.
The Sony Playstation is the best selling game console of all time. Everyone and their grandmother had one. The Playstation had the best graphics in its time, a massive library of games to choose from, and a price that didn’t leave anyone without one.
What? Huh? The iPhone is not a gaming console, or is it? It totally is, with it being the machine most gamer’s go to. Ever heard of Angry Birds? The iPhone is totally a legitimate gaming machine that has opened gaming to not just a next generation of gamers, but also females as well – who play games on it just as much as men.
The TurboExpress was ahead of its time in the handheld gaming market. It sported superior graphics to both the Gameboy and Gamegear with true 16-bit graphics, instead of 8-bits like the rest. But those that had one remember having to pay well over $300 for it, which back in the 90’s, was no chump change.
The first handheld gaming machine ever, the Nintendo Gameboy was a real gaming technology breakthrough. It had almost the same level of graphics as a NES, as well as almost just as many games. The only downside was that it was in black and white.
We had a really hard time not putting this one at the top of our list. The Sega Genesis was the first machine to bring the arcade experience into the home. Forget Sonic The Hedgehog, remember Altered Beast? That was just like playing the version you had to pay 25 cents for.
The jump from 32-bit to 64 was just massive. Gamers stood in line for hours to get their hands on one, with some, even ordering one from Japan months before the US release – paying double for it no less. The big draw was not just the graphics, but for the first time on the Nintendo 64, games were played in true 3D.
The first Nintendo Entertainment System should really be first on our list. Not because it had the best graphics, but because it was the machine that started the video gaming revolution. Everyone had one, the game library was the biggest in history, and, was the only system that’s seen a good 10-year run in people’s homes.
While it didn’t make our top spot, the Sega Dreamcast is number one on most gamer’s list. It had the best graphics and animation in its time, and, a huge selection of games to choose from.
Coming in at around $700, the Panasonic 3DO was the second most expensive console in gaming history. While not supported much by developers, the few games it did have were a real breakthrough in graphics. Anyone that played John Madden Football on it knows how much it looked like a live broadcast.
The Neo-Geo is tops on our list. Anyone that owned one remembers how they had to first go to the arcade to play it, then when it was released (for well over $1000, the most expensive console in gaming history), got to bring it home and be the envy of all their friends. Sure, you got to save on quarters, but with games costing around $300 each, this wasn’t the machine to save money on. In it’s time, it had the best graphics of any machine, bar none.