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
11.85” | 30.1 cm
5.94” | 15.1 cm
5.94” | 15.1 cm
2020
Xbox Series X
30.100
15.100
15.100
2020.00
155000
3D
Xbox Series X
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:
Storage
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:
Storage
Designer
Nintendo
Release
1990-1999

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

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Xbox

The Xbox is a video game console created by Microsoft. It was released around the world from 2001 to 2002. It is a sixth-generation gaming console. The Xbox is the competitor to Sony’s PlayStation 2, Sega’s Dreamcast, and Nintendo’s GameCube. The Xbox was the first console to feature a built-in hard disk. At the time of its release it was the most powerful piece of game console on the market. It can support up to 4 players at once, and 2 or more systems can be connected. It also had the ability to rip music from CDs and play DVDs with the Xbox DVD remote. The Xbox was discontinued in 2009.

The Xbox has a height of 3.58” (91 mm), width of 12.6” (320 mm), depth of 10.2” (259.1 mm), and approximate weight of 8.8 lb (4 kg).

Collection of drawings of the Xbox with height, width, and depth dimensions
The Xbox is a video game console created by Microsoft. It was released around the world from 2001 to 2002. It is a sixth-generation gaming console. The Xbox is the competitor to Sony’s PlayStation 2, Sega’s Dreamcast, and Nintendo’s GameCube.

The Xbox has a height of 3.58” (91 mm), width of 12.6” (320 mm), depth of 10.2” (259.1 mm), and approximate weight of 8.8 lb (4 kg).

Collection of drawings of the Xbox with height, width, and depth dimensions
Xbox
Height:
3.58” | 91 mm
Width:
12.6” | 320 mm
Length:
Depth:
10.2” | 259.1 mm
Resolution (Max)
1920 x 1080 px
Weight:
8.8 lb | 4 kg
Area:
Storage
Designer
Microsoft
Release
2001-2009

Drawings include:
Xbox 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:
Storage
Designer
Sega
Release
1988-1997

Drawings include:
Sega Genesis front elevation, top, side

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Nintendo 64

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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