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 Guides
Browse through our curated Video Game Consoles Guides for additional categorizations, tips, details, variations, styles, and histories of Video Game Consoles. Guides provide additional insights into the unique properties and shared relationships between elements.

Video Game Consoles

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3.5” | 88.9 mm
13.625” | 346.1 mm
9.125” | 231.8 mm
4.625 lb | 2.1 kg
1977-1992
Atari 2600
8.890
34.610
23.180
2.100
1977.00
34000
3D
Atari 2600
3” | 76.2 mm
7.5” | 190.5 mm
7.75” | 196.9 mm
4.4 lb | 2 kg
1999-2001
Dreamcast
7.620
19.050
19.690
2.000
1999.00
33000
3D
Dreamcast
4.3” | 110 mm
5.9” | 150 mm
6.3” | 161 mm
5.3 lb | 2.4 kg
2001-2007
GameCube
11.000
15.000
16.100
2.400
2001.00
60000
3D
GameCube
3.5” | 88.9 mm
10.1” | 256 mm
8” | 203.2 mm
5 lb | 2.27 kg
1983-1995
Nintendo (NES)
8.890
25.600
20.320
2.270
1983.00
138000
3D
Nintendo (NES)
2.87” | 72.9 mm
10.23” | 259.8 mm
7.48” | 190 mm
2.42 lb | 1.1 kg
1996-2002
Nintendo 64
7.290
25.980
19.000
1.100
1996.00
62000
3D
Nintendo 64
4.01” | 102 mm
9.40” | 239 mm
.547” | 13.9 mm; 1.13” | 28.7 mm (Total)
.88 lb | .4 kg
2017
Nintendo Switch
10.200
23.900
2.870
0.400
2017.00
2100000
3D
Nintendo Switch
PS4 Pro
196000
2.17” | 55 mm
11.6” | 295 mm
12.9” | 327 mm
7.3 lb | 3.3 kg
2016
PS4 Pro
5.500
29.500
32.700
3.300
2016.00
196000
3D
PS4 Pro
1.54” | 39 mm
10.4” | 265 mm
11.3” | 288 mm
4.6 lb | 2.1 kg
2016
PS4 Slim
3.900
26.500
28.800
2.100
2016.00
51000
3D
PS4 Slim
2.5" | 63.5 mm
10.75” | 275 mm
7.5” | 190 mm
3.2 lb | 1.5 kg
1994-2006
PlayStation
6.350
27.500
19.000
1.500
1994.00
910000
3D
PlayStation
3.1” | 78.7 mm
11.9” | 302.3 mm
7.2” | 182.9 mm
4.85 lb | 2.2 kg
2000-2013
PlayStation 2
7.870
30.230
18.290
2.200
2000.00
37000
3D
PlayStation 2
3.8” | 98 mm
12.8” | 325 mm
10.8” | 275 mm
11 lb | 5 kg
2006-2016
PlayStation 3
9.800
32.500
27.500
5.000
2006.00
39000
3D
PlayStation 3
2.09” | 53 mm
10.8” | 275 mm
12” | 305 mm
6.2 lb | 2.8 kg
2013
PlayStation 4
5.300
27.500
30.500
2.800
2013.00
246000
3D
PlayStation 4
15.4” | 390 mm
4.1” | 104 mm (Base); 3.6” | 92 mm (Digital)
10.2" | 260 mm
9.9 lb | 4.5 kg (Base); 8.6 lb | 3.9 kg (Digital)
November 12, 2020
PlayStation 5
39.000
10.400
2.600
4.500
2020.00
853000
3D
PlayStation 5
2.25” | 57.2 mm
10.95” | 278.1 mm
8.45” | 214.6 mm
4.25 lb | 1.93 kg
1988-1997
Sega Genesis
5.720
27.810
21.460
1.930
1988.00
58000
3D
Sega Genesis
3.2” | 83 mm
10.2” | 260 mm
9” | 230 mm
3.66 lb | 1.66 kg
1995-1998
Sega Saturn
8.300
26.000
23.000
1.660
1995.00
25000
3D
Sega Saturn
2.68” | 68 mm
8” | 203.2 mm
10” | 254 mm
2.12 lb | .96 kg
1990-1999
Super Nintendo (SNES)
6.800
20.320
25.400
0.960
1990.00
52000
3D
Super Nintendo (SNES)
Wii
90000
6.18” | 157 mm
2.375” | 60.3 mm
7.75" | 196.9 mm
2.7 lb | 1.22 kg
2006-2017
Wii
15.700
6.030
19.690
1.220
2006.00
90000
3D
Wii
Wii U
102000
1.8” | 4.6 cm
6.8” | 17.2 cm
10.6” | 26.9 cm
3.3 lb | 1.5 kg
2012-2017
Wii U
4.600
17.200
26.900
1.500
2012.00
102000
3D
Wii U
Xbox
983000
3.58” | 91 mm
12.6” | 320 mm
10.2” | 259.1 mm
8.8 lb | 4 kg
2001-2009
Xbox
9.100
32.000
25.910
4.000
2001.00
983000
3D
Xbox
Xbox 360
106000
3.1” | 78.7 mm
12.2” | 309.9 mm
10.6” | 269.2 mm
7.7 lb | 3.5 kg
2005-2016
Xbox 360
7.870
30.990
26.920
3.500
2005.00
106000
3D
Xbox 360
Xbox One
431000
3.1” | 78.7 mm
13.1” | 332.7 mm
10.8” | 275 mm
7.8 lb | 3.54 kg
2013
Xbox One
7.870
33.270
27.500
3.540
2013.00
431000
3D
Xbox One
2.5” | 63.5 mm
11.6” | 294.6 mm
9.0” | 228.6 mm
6.4 lb | 2.9 kg
2016
Xbox One S
6.350
29.460
22.860
2.900
2016.00
154000
3D
Xbox One S
2.36” | 59.9 mm
11.81” | 300 mm
9.45” | 240 mm
8.4 lb | 3.81 kg
2017
Xbox One X
5.990
30.000
24.000
3.810
2017.00
285000
3D
Xbox One X
12.2” | 310 mm
6.3” | 160 mm
6.3” | 160 mm
2020
Xbox Series X
31.000
16.000
16.000
2020.00
155000
3D
Xbox Series X
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is an 8-bit video gaming console developed by Nintendo. It is a third-generation video game console. The NES was launched to the public in Japan in July 1983, North America in September 1986, and Europe 1987. The Nintendo Entertainment System is one the best-selling gaming consoles of all times and helped revitalize the US video game industry after the video game crash of 1983. Its best-selling games included Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, and Super Mario Bros 2. It featured a brick-like control design with a four-button layout. The NES was discontinued in North America in 1995 and Japan in 2003.

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) has a height of 3.5” (88.9 mm), width of 10.1” (256 mm), depth of 8” (203.2 mm), and approximate weight of 5 lb (2.27 kg).

Dimensioned drawings of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is an 8-bit video gaming console developed by Nintendo. It is a third-generation video game console. The NES was launched to the public in Japan in July 1983, North America in September 1986, and Europe 1987.

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) has a height of 3.5” (88.9 mm), width of 10.1” (256 mm), depth of 8” (203.2 mm), and approximate weight of 5 lb (2.27 kg).

Dimensioned drawings of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Height:
3.5” | 88.9 mm
Width:
10.1” | 256 mm
Length:
Depth:
8” | 203.2 mm
Resolution (Max)
256 x 240 px
Weight:
5 lb | 2.27 kg
Area:
Storage
Designer
Nintendo
Release
1983-1995

Drawings include:
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) 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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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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Xbox One X

The Xbox One X is a home gaming console and high-end hardware version of the Xbox One, offering one of the best gaming experiences. It was officially released on November 7, 2017. The Xbox One X features upgraded hardware to render games at a 4K resolution to improve performance for existing games. The Xbox One X is compatible with all the existing Xbox One software and accessories. The Xbox One X is considered a competitor to the PlayStation 4 Pro. The Xbox One X provides smoother gameplay, more memory, life-like detail, and faster load times. It also has spatial audio capacities, supports FreeSync technology, and a 120 Hz refresh rate on compatible displays.

The Xbox One X has a height of 2.36” (59.9 mm), width of 11.81” (300 mm), depth of 9.45” (240 mm), and approximate weight of 8.4 lb (3.81 kg).

Dimensioned drawings of the Xbox One X with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation views
The Xbox One X is a home gaming console and high-end hardware version of the Xbox One, offering one of the best gaming experiences. It was officially released on November 7, 2017. The Xbox One X features upgraded hardware to render games at a 4K resolution to improve performance for existing games.

The Xbox One X has a height of 2.36” (59.9 mm), width of 11.81” (300 mm), depth of 9.45” (240 mm), and approximate weight of 8.4 lb (3.81 kg).

Dimensioned drawings of the Xbox One X with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation views
Xbox One X
Height:
2.36” | 59.9 mm
Width:
11.81” | 300 mm
Length:
Depth:
9.45” | 240 mm
Resolution (Max)
3840 x 2160 px
Weight:
8.4 lb | 3.81 kg
Area:
Storage
Designer
Microsoft
Release
2017

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

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Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s upcoming fourth-generation home video game console for the Xbox family of products to be released in late 2020 succeeding Xbox One and competing with other game consoles like the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5. Its announcement was made in 2019 at the 25th Electronic Entertainment Expo under the codename “Project Scarlett.”

Noticeable features for the Xbox Series X are higher resolution display (8k resolution), reduced load times, real-time ray-tracing, and improved hardware. Microsoft also intends to ensure that the Xbox Series X is compatible with accessories, controllers, and games supported by previous Xbox series (Xbox One and Xbox 360) and streamline games through its online service Xbox Live.

The Xbox Series X has a height of 12.2” (310 mm), width of 6.3” (160 mm), and depth of 6.3” (160 mm).

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Xbox Series X measured with height, width, and depth
The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s upcoming fourth-generation home video game console for the Xbox family of products to be released in late 2020 succeeding Xbox One. Its announcement was made in 2019 at the 25th Electronic Entertainment Expo under the codename “Project Scarlett.”

The Xbox Series X has a height of 12.2” (310 mm), width of 6.3” (160 mm), and depth of 6.3” (160 mm).

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Xbox Series X measured with height, width, and depth
Xbox Series X
Height:
12.2” | 310 mm
Width:
6.3” | 160 mm
Length:
Depth:
6.3” | 160 mm
Resolution (Max)
7680 × 4320 px
Weight:
Area:
Storage
Designer
Microsoft
Release
2020

Drawings include:
Xbox Series X front elevation, top

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