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.

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PS4 Slim

The PS4 Slim was announced by Sony on September 7, 2016 and was made available to the public on September 15, 2016. It is a revision to the PS4 model with a smaller form. It has a rounded body with a matte finish on the top of the console and is overall 40% smaller than the original model. The gaming console is quieter, cooler, and thinner than the original PS4. It also uses less power, is a 1080p gaming machine, and has no optical audio port. It is compatible with all PS4 games, and has a slightly different controller than the original PS4. It is a great gaming console for beginning video game players.

The PS4 Slim has a height of 1.54” (39 mm), depth of 11.3” (288 mm), width of 10.4” (265 mm), and approximate weight of 4.6 lb (2.1 kg).

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the PS4 Slim measured with height, width, and depth
The PS4 Slim was announced by Sony on September 7, 2016 and was made available to the public on September 15, 2016. It is a revision to the PS4 model with a smaller form. It has a rounded body with a matte finish on the top of the console and is overall 40% smaller than the original model.

The PS4 Slim has a height of 1.54” (39 mm), depth of 11.3” (288 mm), width of 10.4” (265 mm), and approximate weight of 4.6 lb (2.1 kg).

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the PS4 Slim measured with height, width, and depth
PS4 Slim
Height:
1.54” | 39 mm
Width:
10.4” | 265 mm
Length:
Depth:
11.3” | 288 mm
Resolution (Max)
1920 x 1080 px
Weight:
4.6 lb | 2.1 kg
Area:
Designer
Sony
Release
2016

Drawings include:
PS4 Slim 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:
Designer
Microsoft
Release
2013

Drawings include:
Xbox One front elevation, top, side

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GameCube

The Gamecube is a home video game console released by Nintendo in 2001. It is a sixth-generation gaming console. It is also the first Nintendo gaming console to use optical discs as the primary storage medium. The discs for the Gamecube are in a miniDVD format and are not designed to play full-sized DVDs or audio CDs but instead focused on just gaming. The Gamecube also supports limited online gaming for a small number of games. The GameCube was available in purple, black, silver, and orange. The GameCube controller combined elements from controllers before it. The GameCube was discontinued in 2007.

The GameCube has a height of 4.3” (110 mm), width of 5.9” (150 mm), depth of 6.3” (161 mm), and approximate weight of 5.3 lb (2.4 kg).

Dimensioned drawings of the GameCube with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
The Gamecube is a home video game console released by Nintendo in 2001. It is a sixth-generation gaming console. It is also the first Nintendo gaming console to use optical discs as the primary storage medium. The discs for the Gamecube are in a miniDVD format.

The GameCube has a height of 4.3” (110 mm), width of 5.9” (150 mm), depth of 6.3” (161 mm), and approximate weight of 5.3 lb (2.4 kg).

Dimensioned drawings of the GameCube with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
GameCube
Height:
4.3” | 110 mm
Width:
5.9” | 150 mm
Length:
Depth:
6.3” | 161 mm
Resolution (Max)
640 x 480 px
Weight:
5.3 lb | 2.4 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Release
2001-2007

Drawings include:
GameCube front elevation, top, side

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Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super NES) is a 16-bit home video game console that was developed by Nintendo. It was released globally between 1990 and 1993 and is a fourth-generation gaming console. The Super NES continues to be popular today among collectors and retro gamers. The gaming console was the second video game home console released by Nintendo internationally. It featured enhanced graphics, a brand-new controller with additional features, and superior sound. It has become known for its classic games like Super Mario World, Super Metroid, and Final fantasy VI. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was discontinued in 2003.

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) has a height of 2.68” (68 mm), width of 8” (203.2 mm), depth of 10” (254 mm), and approximate weight of 2.12 lb (.96 kg).

Collection of drawings of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) with height, width, and depth dimensions
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super NES) is a 16-bit home video game console that was developed by Nintendo. It was released globally between 1990 and 1993 and is a fourth-generation gaming console. The Super NES continues to be popular today among collectors and retro gamers.

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) has a height of 2.68” (68 mm), width of 8” (203.2 mm), depth of 10” (254 mm), and approximate weight of 2.12 lb (.96 kg).

Collection of drawings of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) with height, width, and depth dimensions
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
Height:
2.68” | 68 mm
Width:
8” | 203.2 mm
Length:
Depth:
10” | 254 mm
Resolution (Max)
256 x 224 px
Weight:
2.12 lb | .96 kg
Area:
Designer
Nintendo
Release
1990-1999

Drawings include:
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) front elevation, top, side

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PlayStation

The PlayStation, PS, is a home video game console that has sleek design and CD format developed by Sony. The PlayStation became the first game console in history to sell 100 million units all over the world. It was released in Japan in December of 1994, and worldwide the following year, 1995. The Playstation is part of the fifth-generation of video games. It was a competitor to the Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64. The PlayStation controller has 4 buttons instead of the standard two in order to explore more gameplay possibilities. One of the most popular games for the console was Crash Bandicoot (Naughty Dog – 1996). The Playstation was discontinued in 2006.

The PlayStation has a height of 2.5" (63.5 mm), width of 10.75” (275 mm), depth of 7.5” (190 mm), and approximate weight of 3.2 lb (1.5 kg).

Dimensioned drawings of the PlayStation with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
The PlayStation, PS, is a home video game console that has sleek design and CD format developed by Sony. The PlayStation became the first game console in history to sell 100 million units all over the world. It was released in Japan in December of 1994, and worldwide the following year, 1995.

The PlayStation has a height of 2.5" (63.5 mm), width of 10.75” (275 mm), depth of 7.5” (190 mm), and approximate weight of 3.2 lb (1.5 kg).

Dimensioned drawings of the PlayStation with height, width, and depth labeled in elevation
PlayStation
Height:
2.5" | 63.5 mm
Width:
10.75” | 275 mm
Length:
Depth:
7.5” | 190 mm
Resolution (Max)
640 x 480 px
Weight:
3.2 lb | 1.5 kg
Area:
Designer
Sony
Release
1994-2006

Drawings include:
PlayStation front elevation, top, side

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