Video Game Consoles

Video game consoles are household computer devices designed specifically to transmit video signals to a display while allowing the interaction of these images through an assortment of control devices, such as controllers. Often an enjoyable part of a home entertainment system, video game consoles were originally consumer products that reimagined and reengineered the arcade machine into an accessible size for the home.

Through various evolutions in technology and functionality, video game consoles have transformed from the 1970’s simple joystick-based gameplay experiences to ever-increasing high definition visual feats, complex player controls, motion-based games, internet connectivity, and even virtual-reality. Video game consoles will continue to challenge our expectations and imaginations through their stories and game types, and have now entered into greater public consciousness through the rise of e-sports.

What was the first video game console?

The first home video game console was the Magnavox Odyssey released in 1972, with a range of 28 games with rules based on manipulating three square dots in various ways on the screen. Prior to the Magnavox Odyssey video games were novelty computer devices available in dedicated game arcades.

What is the best selling video game console?

The best selling video game console in history is the PlayStation 2 (2002) that sold over 155 million units worldwide. Sony’s PlayStation lineup makes up 4 of the top 5 top selling consoles in history with Nintendo’s Wii breaking the trend at #4 all time.

Why are video games good for you?

Though the debate around the impacts of playing video games is often seen as a negative, most scientific research shows that video games provide many benefits including exercising the brain through problem solving and memory, building social networks between players, improving hand-eye coordination, and benefiting fitness when playing active games that require physical exertion.

Video Game Consoles

PlayStation 5
4.1” | 104 mm (Base); 3.6” | 92 mm (Digital)
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Nintendo Switch
.547” | 13.9 mm; 1.13” | 28.7 mm (Total)
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PlayStation 5
9.9 lb | 4.5 kg (Base); 8.6 lb | 3.9 kg (Digital)
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Dreamcast

The DreamCast is a home video gaming console released by Sega in 1999. It is the first in the sixth-generation of video gaming consoles. The Dreamcast was Sega’s final home console. The Dreamcast was the first 128-bit gaming console available in the market. One year after its release the Dreamcast successfully outsold Nintendo. It was also the first gaming console to allow real-time online playing feature and have motion controllers. At the time of its release it was also the only game console that allowed the user to use the Internet and send e-mails. The Dreamcast was discontinued due to its large competition and was discontinued in March of 2001.

The Dreamcast has a height of 3” (76.2 mm), width of 7.5” (190.5 mm), depth of 7.75” (196.9 mm), and approximate weight of 4.4 lb (2 kg).

Dimensioned drawings of the Dreamcast with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
The DreamCast is a home video gaming console released by Sega in 1999. It is the first in the sixth-generation of video gaming consoles. The Dreamcast was Sega’s final home console. The Dreamcast was the first 128-bit gaming console available in the market.

The Dreamcast has a height of 3” (76.2 mm), width of 7.5” (190.5 mm), depth of 7.75” (196.9 mm), and approximate weight of 4.4 lb (2 kg).

Dimensioned drawings of the Dreamcast with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
Dreamcast
Height:
3” | 76.2 mm
Width:
7.5” | 190.5 mm
Length:
Depth:
7.75” | 196.9 mm
Resolution (Max)
640 x 448 px
Weight:
4.4 lb | 2 kg
Area:
Storage
Designer
Sega
Release
1999-2001

Drawings include:
Dreamcast front elevation, top, side

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Sega Saturn

The Sega Saturn is a 32-bit home video game console developed by Sega. Its released happened between 1994 and 1995. It was initially only successful in Japan and didn’t sell in the United States due to the popularity of Sony’s PlayStation. The Sega Saturn was the first fifth-generation gaming console ahead of the traditional N64. The Sega Saturn prioritized 2D graphics reflecting the company’s success with the approach. It ultimately lost to the PlayStation to a number of factors including price and timing. The Sega Saturn was discontinued in 1998 in the US and in 2000 in Japan.

The Sega Saturn has a height of 3.2” (83 mm), width of 10.2” (260 mm), depth of 9” (230 mm), and approximate weight of 3.66 lb (1.66 kg).

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Sega Saturn measured with height, width, and depth
The Sega Saturn is a 32-bit home video game console developed by Sega. Its released happened between 1994 and 1995. It was initially only successful in Japan and didn’t sell in the United States due to the popularity of Sony’s PlayStation. The Sega Saturn was the first fifth-generation console.

The Sega Saturn has a height of 3.2” (83 mm), width of 10.2” (260 mm), depth of 9” (230 mm), and approximate weight of 3.66 lb (1.66 kg).

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Sega Saturn measured with height, width, and depth
Sega Saturn
Height:
3.2” | 83 mm
Width:
10.2” | 260 mm
Length:
Depth:
9” | 230 mm
Resolution (Max)
704 x 512 px
Weight:
3.66 lb | 1.66 kg
Area:
Storage
Designer
Sega
Release
1995-1998

Drawings include:
Sega Saturn front elevation, top, side

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Nintendo Switch
Dimensioned drawings of the Nintendo Switch Dock with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation

The Nintendo Switch is a video game console released by Nintendo on March of 2017.  Its design features a hybrid console that can be a home console or portable device. It is runs on the Nintendo Switch Operating system and is an eight-generation gaming console. Nintendo Switch games and software are available on both physical and digital forms. The Nintendo Switch incorporates three different gaming modes in 1 device – tv mode, tabletop mode, and handheld mode. Through the different modes of use Nintendo aimed for the Nintendo Switch to reach a wider demographic of video game players. The Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons are available in a wide range of colors.

The Nintendo Switch has a height of 4.01” (102 mm), width of 9.40” (239 mm), and total depth of 1.13” (28.7 mm). The Nintendo Switch Dock has a height of 4..09” (104 mm), width of 6.81” (173 mm), and depth of 2.12” (53.8 mm) resulting in a total docked height of 4.88" (124 mm).

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Nintendo Switch measured with height, width, depth and screen resolution
The Nintendo Switch is a video game console released by Nintendo on March of 2017. Its design features a hybrid console that can be a home console or portable device. It is runs on the Nintendo Switch Operating system and is an eight-generation gaming console.

The Nintendo Switch has a height of 4.01” (102 mm), width of 9.40” (239 mm), and total depth of 1.13” (28.7 mm). The Nintendo Switch Dock has a height of 4..09” (104 mm), width of 6.81” (173 mm), and depth of 2.12” (53.8 mm) resulting in a total docked height of 4.88" (124 mm).

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Nintendo Switch measured with height, width, depth and screen resolution
Nintendo Switch
Height:
4.01” | 102 mm
Width:
9.40” | 239 mm
Length:
Depth:
.547” | 13.9 mm; 1.13” | 28.7 mm (Total)
Resolution (Max)
1920 x 1080 px
Weight:
.88 lb | .4 kg
Area:

Screen Resolution: 1280 x 720 px
Screen Size: 6.2” | 15.7 cm

Dock Height: 4.09” | 104 mm
Dock Width: 6.81” | 173 mm
Dock Depth: 2.12” | 53.8 mm

Storage
Designer
Nintendo
Release
2017

Drawings include:
Nintendo Switch front elevation, top, side, front (dock), side (dock), top (dock)

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Xbox One

The Xbox One is an home gaming console announced on May 2013 by Microsoft and released in November of the same year. The Xbox One is the successor to the Xbox 360, the third console in the Xbox series, and is an eight-generation game console. The Xbox One was named by Microsoft as the ‘all-in-one entertainment system’. The user is able to watch live TV, get a personalized home screen, and Skype through the TV. The Xbox One is a competitor for Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Wii U and Switch. The Xbox One has 1 TB of storage, is designed to only sit horizontally, and comes in a black finish.

The Xbox One has a height of 3.1” (78.7 mm), width of 13.1” (332.7 mm), depth of 10.8” (275 mm), and approximate weight of 7.8 lb (3.54 kg).

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Xbox One measured with height, width, and depth
The Xbox One is an home gaming console announced on May 2013 by Microsoft and released in November of the same year. The Xbox One is the successor to the Xbox 360, the third console in the Xbox series, and is an eight-generation game console.

The Xbox One has a height of 3.1” (78.7 mm), width of 13.1” (332.7 mm), depth of 10.8” (275 mm), and approximate weight of 7.8 lb (3.54 kg).

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Xbox One measured with height, width, and depth
Xbox One
Height:
3.1” | 78.7 mm
Width:
13.1” | 332.7 mm
Length:
Depth:
10.8” | 275 mm
Resolution (Max)
1920 x 1080 px
Weight:
7.8 lb | 3.54 kg
Area:
Storage
Designer
Microsoft
Release
2013

Drawings include:
Xbox One front elevation, top, side

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Atari 2600

The Atari 2600 is the Atari Video Computer System or Atari VCS is a home video gaming console developed by Atari Inc. The game was released in September 1977. The Atari 2600 popularized use of the microprocessor-based hardware and games stored on ROM cartridges. The gaming console was bundled with 2 joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a game cartridge with Combat and later Pacman. It originally launched with 9 low resolution games in 2 cartridges. The most heavily invested games by Atari were Pac-Man and E.T. the ExtraTerrestrial. About 30 million units of Atari 2600 were sold in its lifetime. Atari 2600 was discontinued in 1992.

The Atari 2600 has a height of 3.5” (88.9 mm), width of 13.625” (346.1 mm), depth of 9.125” (231.8 mm), and approximate weight of 4.625 lb (2.1 kg).

Collection of drawings of the Atari 2600 with height, width, and depth dimensions
The Atari 2600 is the Atari Video Computer System or Atari VCS is a home video gaming console developed by Atari Inc. The game was released in September 1977. The Atari 2600 popularized use of the microprocessor-based hardware and games stored on ROM cartridges.

The Atari 2600 has a height of 3.5” (88.9 mm), width of 13.625” (346.1 mm), depth of 9.125” (231.8 mm), and approximate weight of 4.625 lb (2.1 kg).

Collection of drawings of the Atari 2600 with height, width, and depth dimensions
Atari 2600
Height:
3.5” | 88.9 mm
Width:
13.625” | 346.1 mm
Length:
Depth:
9.125” | 231.8 mm
Resolution (Max)
160 x 192 px
Weight:
4.625 lb | 2.1 kg
Area:
Storage
Designer
Atari
Release
1977-1992

Drawings include:
Atari 2600 front elevation, top, side

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