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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
3D
Nintendo Switch
4.02” | 102 mm
9.53” | 242 mm
.55” | 14 mm; 1.12” | 28.4 mm (Full)
14.81 oz | .42 kg
October 8, 2021
Nintendo Switch OLED
10.200
24.200
2.840
0.420
2021.00
1400000
GUIDE
3D
Nintendo Switch OLED3D model of the Nintendo Switch OLED viewed in perspective3D model of the Nintendo Switch OLED viewed in perspective
PS One
26000
1.5” | 3.8 cm
7.6” | 19.3 cm
5.67” | 14.4 cm
1.21 lb | .55 kg
July 7, 2000
PS One
3.800
19.300
14.400
0.550
2000.00
26000
GUIDE
3D
PS One3D model of the PS One viewed in perspective3D model of the PS One viewed in perspective
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
3D
PlayStation 2
1.1” | 2.79 cm
9.09” | 23.1 cm
5.98” | 15.2 cm
1.98 lb | .9 kg
October 29, 2004
PlayStation 2 Slim
2.790
23.100
15.200
0.900
2004.00
10000
GUIDE
3D
PlayStation 2 SlimPerspective view of a 3D model of the PlayStation 2 SlimPerspective view of a 3D model of the PlayStation 2 Slim
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
GUIDE
3D
PlayStation 3
2.56” | 6.5 cm
11.42” | 29 cm
11.42” | 29 cm
7.05 lb | 3.2 kg
September 1, 2009
PlayStation 3 Slim
6.500
29.000
29.000
3.200
2009.00
10000
GUIDE
3D
PlayStation 3 SlimView of the PlayStation 3 Slim in 3D available for downloadView of the PlayStation 3 Slim in 3D available for download
2.36” | 6 cm
11.41” | 29 cm
9.06” | 23 cm
4.3 lb | 1.95 kg
September 28, 2012
PlayStation 3 Super Slim
6.000
29.000
23.000
1.950
2012.00
5600
GUIDE
3D
PlayStation 3 Super Slim3D model of the PlayStation 3 Super Slim viewed in perspective3D model of the PlayStation 3 Super Slim viewed in perspective
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
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
GUIDE
3D
Xbox One X
10.83” | 27.5 cm
5.94” | 15.1 cm
2.56” | 6.5 cm
4.25 lb | 1.93 kg
November 10, 2020
Xbox Series S
27.500
15.100
6.500
1.930
2020.00
3100000
GUIDE
3D
Xbox Series SPerspective view of a 3D model of the Xbox Series SPerspective view of a 3D model of the Xbox Series S
11.85” | 30.1 cm
5.94” | 15.1 cm
5.94” | 15.1 cm
9.7 lb | 4.4 kg
2020
Xbox Series X
30.100
15.100
15.100
4.400
2020.00
155000
GUIDE
3D
Xbox Series X
PS4 Slim
Size comparison diagram of the PS4 Slim compared to similar Video Game consoles

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:
Storage
Designer
Sony
Release
2016

Drawings include:
PS4 Slim front elevation, top, side

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Xbox Series X
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the size of the XBox Series X to related video game consoles

The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s 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 11.85” (30.1 cm), width of 5.94” (15.1 cm), depth of 5.94” (15.1 cm), and weight of 9.7 lb (4.4 kg). The resolution of the XBox Series X is 7680 × 4320 px.

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 11.85” (30.1 cm), width of 5.94” (15.1 cm), depth of 5.94” (15.1 cm), and weight of 9.7 lb (4.4 kg). The resolution of the XBox Series X is 7680 × 4320 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the Xbox Series X measured with height, width, and depth
Xbox Series X
Height:
11.85” | 30.1 cm
Width:
5.94” | 15.1 cm
Length:
Depth:
5.94” | 15.1 cm
Resolution (Max)
7680 × 4320 px
Weight:
9.7 lb | 4.4 kg
Area:
Storage
Designer
Microsoft
Release
2020

Drawings include:
Xbox Series X front elevation, top

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Nintendo Switch OLED
Size comparison diagram of the Nintendo Switch OLED compared to similar handheld game consoles

The Nintendo Switch OLED was launched in late 2021. Its most attractive features are the enhanced audio, improved storage capacity, built-in wired LAN port, and the large OLED screen for a more immersive experience. It also comes with a wide adjustable stand. This gaming console is an upgrade of the Nintendo Switch having all the base switch games and accessories. The best part about it is its three-in-one feature where you can use it in tabletop mode, handheld mode (as it comes with Joy-Con controllers), and TV mode. The important apps to find in it include Nintendo eShop, Nintendo Switch Online, and news streaming services.

The Nintendo Switch OLED has a height of 4.02” (102 mm), width of 9.53” (242 mm), screen depth of .55” (14 mm), total controller depth of 1.12” (28.4 mm), and weight of 14.81 oz (.42 kg). The display size is 7” (177.8 mm) diagonal with a resolution of 1280 x 720 px at 210 ppi. The dock for the Nintendo Switch OLED has a height of 4.09” (104 mm), width of 6.81” (173 mm) and depth of 2.12” (53.8 mm).

Collection of drawings of the Nintendo Switch OLED display with measured dimensions and resolution
The Nintendo Switch OLED was launched in late 2021. Its most attractive features are the enhanced audio, improved storage capacity, built-in wired LAN port, and the large OLED screen for a more immersive experience. It also comes with a wide adjustable stand.

The Nintendo Switch OLED has a height of 4.02” (102 mm), width of 9.53” (242 mm), screen depth of .55” (14 mm), total controller depth of 1.12” (28.4 mm), and weight of 14.81 oz (.42 kg). The display size is 7” (177.8 mm) diagonal with a resolution of 1280 x 720 px at 210 ppi. The dock for the Nintendo Switch OLED has a height of 4.09” (104 mm), width of 6.81” (173 mm) and depth of 2.12” (53.8 mm).

Collection of drawings of the Nintendo Switch OLED display with measured dimensions and resolution
Nintendo Switch OLED
Height:
4.02” | 102 mm
Width:
9.53” | 242 mm
Length:
Depth:
.55” | 14 mm; 1.12” | 28.4 mm (Full)
Resolution (Max)
1280 x 720 px; 210 ppi
Weight:
14.81 oz | .42 kg
Area:

Screen Size: 7” | 177.8 mm
Dock Height: 4.09” | 104 mm
Dock Width: 6.81” | 173 mm
Dock Depth: 2.12” | 53.8 mm

Storage
Designer
Nintendo
Release
October 8, 2021

Drawings include:
Nintendo Switch OLED front elevation, top, side

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Nintendo 64
Size comparison diagram of the Nintendo 64 compared to similar Video Game consoles

The Nintendo 64, N64, is a home video game console developed by Nintendo. It has a 64-bit central processing unit and was released in 1996. The Nintendo 64 was released with 3 games: Super Maria 64, Pilotwings 64, Saikyō Habu Shōgi that was exclusive to Japan. It is part of the fifth-generation of gaming devices placed in competition with Sony’s PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The most innovative feature at the time of its release was the console’s controller. It was the first commercially successful video game controller to feature an analog stick. The Nintendo 64 gaming console was discontinued in 2002.

The Nintendo 64 has a height of 2.87” (72.9 mm), width of 10.23” (259.8 mm), depth of 7.48” (190 mm), and approximate weight of 2.42 lb (1.1 kg).

Collection of drawings of the Nintendo 64 with height, width, and depth dimensions
The Nintendo 64, N64, is a home video game console developed by Nintendo. It has a 64-bit central processing unit and was released in 1996. The most innovative feature at the time of its release was the console’s controller—the first successful video game controller to feature an analog stick.

The Nintendo 64 has a height of 2.87” (72.9 mm), width of 10.23” (259.8 mm), depth of 7.48” (190 mm), and approximate weight of 2.42 lb (1.1 kg).

Collection of drawings of the Nintendo 64 with height, width, and depth dimensions
Nintendo 64
Height:
2.87” | 72.9 mm
Width:
10.23” | 259.8 mm
Length:
Depth:
7.48” | 190 mm
Resolution (Max)
640 x 480 px
Weight:
2.42 lb | 1.1 kg
Area:
Storage
Designer
Nintendo
Release
1996-2002

Drawings include:
Nintendo 64 front elevation, top, side

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PlayStation 2 Slim
Scaled size comparison drawings of the PlayStation 2 Slim in relation to other video game consoles

The PlayStation 2 (Slim) is a lighter and slimmer version of the PlayStation 2 released in 2004. It was succeeded by the PlayStation 3 two years later. Even so, it still holds the record as one video game console with the longest lifespan. The slim size made it easy to carry around. However, it meant that this PlayStation lacks an internal hard disk drive, power supply, and expansion bay. Fortunately, it was network-ready because it came with built-in Ethernet support, remote sensors, and an integrated modem. Other important features of the PlayStation 2 (Slim) include the ability to work as a CD/DVD player and a vast library of games.

The PlayStation 2 Slim has a height of 1.1” (2.79 cm), width of 9.09” (23.1 cm), depth of 5.98” (15.2 cm), and weight of 1.98 lb (.9 kg). The resolution of the PlayStation 2 Slim is 1280 x 720 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the PlayStation 2 Slim measured with height, width, and depth
The PlayStation 2 (Slim) is a lighter and slimmer version of the PlayStation 2 released in 2004. It was succeeded by the PlayStation 3 two years later. Even so, it still holds the record as one video game console with the longest lifespan. The slim size made it easy to carry around.

The PlayStation 2 Slim has a height of 1.1” (2.79 cm), width of 9.09” (23.1 cm), depth of 5.98” (15.2 cm), and weight of 1.98 lb (.9 kg). The resolution of the PlayStation 2 Slim is 1280 x 720 px.

Set of dimensioned elevation drawings of the PlayStation 2 Slim measured with height, width, and depth
PlayStation 2 Slim
Height:
1.1” | 2.79 cm
Width:
9.09” | 23.1 cm
Length:
Depth:
5.98” | 15.2 cm
Resolution (Max)
1280 x 720 px
Weight:
1.98 lb | .9 kg
Area:

Discontinued: December 28, 2012

Storage
Designer
Sony
Release
October 29, 2004

Drawings include:
PlayStation 2 Slim front elevation, top, side

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