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

Nintendo Switch
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Xbox One S

The Xbox One S is a home gaming console. The Xbox One S was released on August 2016 by Microsoft.  It offers cloud storage, a digital library, and the option to pre-install games. It also has 4K streaming, 4K blu-ray, spatial audio, and entertainment apps making one of the most versatile gaming consoles. The gaming console is available in the 500 GB, 1 TB, and a limited edition 2 TB model. The Xbox One S differs from the Xbox One X as it is smaller and more compact, offers HDR gaming, and has more storage. The Xbox One S comes in a white finish.

The Xbox One S has a height of 2.5” (63.5 mm), width of 11.6” (294.6 mm), depth of 9.0” (228.6 mm), and approximate weight of 6.4 lb (2.9 kg).

Dimensioned drawings of the Xbox One S with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
The Xbox One S is a home gaming console. The Xbox One S was released on August 2016 by Microsoft. It offers cloud storage, a digital library, and the option to pre-install games. It also has 4K streaming, 4K blu-ray, spatial audio, and entertainment apps making one of the most versatile consoles.

The Xbox One S has a height of 2.5” (63.5 mm), width of 11.6” (294.6 mm), depth of 9.0” (228.6 mm), and approximate weight of 6.4 lb (2.9 kg).

Dimensioned drawings of the Xbox One S with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
Xbox One S
Height:
2.5” | 63.5 mm
Width:
11.6” | 294.6 mm
Length:
Depth:
9.0” | 228.6 mm
Resolution (Max)
3840 x 2160 px
Weight:
6.4 lb | 2.9 kg
Area:
Designer
Microsoft
Release
2016

Drawings include:
Xbox One S front elevation, top, side

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Wii

The Wii is a home video game console that was released by Nintendo on November 19, 2006. The Wii is a seventh-generation console and is a competitor for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3. Nintendo argued that the Wii targeted a broader demographic than the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. The Wii runs on the Wii operating system. The original Wii was the smallest gaming console by Nintendo and innovated gaming through incorporating motion control for fun gaming. The Nintendo Wii has an all-white finish that helps it blend into any room. The Wii was discontinued in 2017.

The Wii has a height of 6.18” (157 mm), width of 2.375” (60.3 mm), depth of 7.75" (196.9 mm), and approximate weight of 2.7 lb (1.22 kg).

Collection of drawings of the Wii with height, width, and depth dimensions
The Wii is a home video game console that was released by Nintendo on November 19, 2006. The Wii is a seventh-generation console and is a competitor for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3. Nintendo argued that the Wii targeted a broader demographic than the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

The Wii has a height of 6.18” (157 mm), width of 2.375” (60.3 mm), depth of 7.75" (196.9 mm), and approximate weight of 2.7 lb (1.22 kg).

Collection of drawings of the Wii with height, width, and depth dimensions
Wii
Height:
6.18” | 157 mm
Width:
2.375” | 60.3 mm
Length:
Depth:
7.75" | 196.9 mm
Resolution (Max)
640 x 480 px
Weight:
2.7 lb | 1.22 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Release
2006-2017

Drawings include:
Wii 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:
Designer
Sega
Release
1995-1998

Drawings include:
Sega Saturn front elevation, top, side

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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:
Designer
Sega
Release
1999-2001

Drawings include:
Dreamcast front elevation, top, side

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Sega Genesis

The Sega Genesis also known as the Mega Drive, is a 16-bit home video gaming console developed by Sega. It is Sega’s third console and the successor to the Master System. The Sega Genesis was released worldwide between 1988 and 1989. The Sega Genesis plays a library of more than 900 games created by Sega and third-party published delivered on ROM-based cartridges. Many of the games that were available for the Sega Genesis have been re-released in compilation or through online services. Many of the popular games available in the Sega Genesis include the Comix Zone, Ecco the Dolphin, Samurai Showdown, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The Sega Genesis was discontinued in 1997.

The Sega Genesis has a height of 2.25” (57.2 mm), width of 10.95” (278.1 mm), depth of 8.45” (214.6 mm), and approximate weight of 4.25 lb (1.93 kg).

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Sega Genesis measured with height, width, and depth
The Sega Genesis also known as the Mega Drive, is a 16-bit home video gaming console developed by Sega. It is Sega’s third console and the successor to the Master System. The Sega Genesis was released worldwide between 1988 and 1989. The Sega Genesis plays a library of more than 900 games.

The Sega Genesis has a height of 2.25” (57.2 mm), width of 10.95” (278.1 mm), depth of 8.45” (214.6 mm), and approximate weight of 4.25 lb (1.93 kg).

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Sega Genesis measured with height, width, and depth
Sega Genesis
Height:
2.25” | 57.2 mm
Width:
10.95” | 278.1 mm
Length:
Depth:
8.45” | 214.6 mm
Resolution (Max)
320 x 224 px
Weight:
4.25 lb | 1.93 kg
Area:
Designer
Sega
Release
1988-1997

Drawings include:
Sega Genesis front elevation, top, side

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