The History of Video Game Consoles

The History of Video Game Consoles-Custom Controllers UK

Join us on a time-travelling adventure as we delve into the gaming timeline. Beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s when pioneers like Magnavox and Atari unleashed the first commercially successful gaming marvels, let’s go on a nostalgic journey through the history of gaming.

Get ready to unravel the remarkable tale of how video game console generations have transformed the way we play and entertain ourselves!

And why not check out what game consoles we have in stock? We have a wide selection of Gaming Consoles in stock and waiting for you!

Our Controller Of Choice: NED Edition Nintendo Controller

1970s – 1980s:

The late 1970s and early 1980s can be considered a pivotal era in gaming history. During this time, the public witnessed the birth of ground-breaking game consoles that reshaped the gaming landscape forever.

The early consoles like the Atari 2600 and the Intellivision emerged as iconic pioneers, captivating gamers worldwide. They had enhanced graphics and sound, offering an immersive gaming experience like no one had ever experienced. During this time, a large variety of game genres further elevated the enjoyment, from action-packed adventures to brain-teasing puzzles. The widespread availability of these consoles in homes and arcades further ignited a video game revolution, setting the stage for the thriving industry that we know today.

Atari 2600

1980s – 1990s:

The 1980s-1990s still to this day are considered the golden era of gaming. With the introduction of the NES and Sega Master System, these legendary consoles shaped the course of video game history.

The NES was renowned for its 8-bit graphics and captivating sounds and it captured the hearts of millions worldwide. Some iconic titles like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid became timeless classics which are still just as popular in the present time, in fact, now they can be described as retro gaming and vintage classics! Meanwhile, the Sega Master System, though not as widely acclaimed, introduced beloved games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Phantasy Star. These consoles boosted gaming conventions, including controllers and save systems, while propelling video games into the realm of mainstream entertainment.

The NES console

1990s – 2000s:

The late 1990s and early 2000s created a new era of gaming with the Sony PlayStation and Nintendo 64. These astounding consoles revolutionized the industry introducing the early transition to 3D graphics where video games reached a new level of immersion and realism.

The PlayStation's CD-based format made gaming accessible to a wider audience, while its titles like "Final Fantasy VII" and "Metal Gear Solid" captivated players with rich narratives and cinematic flair. The Nintendo 64 introduced the analog stick, which meant precise controls were enabled delivering memorable experiences in games like "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" and "Super Mario 64." These consoles opened doors to new genres, such as survival horror and first-person shooters, harnessing 3D environments to evoke fear and deliver unparalleled immersion.

Nintendo 64 console

2000s – 2010s:

Gaming further evolved in the 2000s and 2010s as new consoles revolutionized the industry. One was the debut of Microsoft's Xbox with amazing graphics and online connectivity, enabling global multiplayer experiences. Sony's PlayStation 2 also became a record-breaking bestseller, boasting enhanced visuals and an expansive library of exclusive games. Nintendo's GameCube embraced innovation, delivering unique gameplay and beloved titles.

The subsequent generation saw the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 raising the bar with high-definition graphics and immersive worlds, while Nintendo's Wii introduced motion controls for casual gaming. The current generation, represented by the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, pushed the limits with breathtaking realism and expanded gaming options like streaming and cross-platform play.

Xbox 360 console

Present time:

Today, the industry stands as a global powerhouse. Consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Xbox consoles redefine immersion with stunning graphics, quick load times, and advanced AI systems, elevating gaming to new heights.

The future holds even more potential, with virtual and augmented reality blurring boundaries and creating captivating experiences. Mobile gaming's rise opens doors to a vast audience, fostering a new genre of games. As technology advances, video games become increasingly intertwined with popular culture, providing an exhilarating escape into imaginative realms.

PS5 console

By looking at our video game console list, it is clear the future of gaming is brimming with excitement and endless possibilities and game development is just getting started. 

Do you have an old controller lying about at home that you no longer use? And are you looking to make some cash? Why not head to Envirofone, you can trade in your old console and make money back, they accept all sorts of  consoles from big names like Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony. Head on over now!


White arrow

Reading next

Xbox Games with Gold June 2023-Custom Controllers UK
Pac Man Through Time-Custom Controllers UK

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.