This is a list of top selling game consoles of all time, including home and hand-held devices. For a list of just the top 8 Home devices, check it out here! And for a list of just the top 8 Hand-Held devices, check that out here!
Here we go! Strap in!
8. PlayStation Portable (82.00 Million Units Sold)
- Originally released in Japan on December 12, 2004.
- Later released in North America on March 24, 2005.
- At launch, the PlayStation Portable (PSP) became the most powerful portable system.
- The PSP was the first real major competition for the Nintendo line.
- The original model was replaced by one that was slimmer with a few design changes, which was then followed by a few more models.
The PSP was and still is a fairly powerful machine backed by the awesome powers of Sony. Little known fact, in 2005 they admitted to hiring artists to spray paint advertisements for the PSP in seven major U.S. cities including New York City, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
7. PlayStation 3 (>83.80 Million Units Sold)
- Released November 11, 2006.
- Introduced this higher quality of gaming graphics.
- Making the switch from DVD and CD-ROM to Blu-Ray was a brilliant idea, affecting the sound as well, allowing for a much more quiet experience.
- Introduced the wireless Six-Axis Dual Shock 3 controllers, internal memory and online capability.
Though the PlayStation 2 was an amazing video game console, the new introductions to the PS3 were most certainly welcome!
6. Xbox 360 (84.00 Million Units Sold)
- Released November 22, 2005.
- Only the second video game console developed by Microsoft, with the first being Xbox.
- Oddly enough, it was not sent packed with High-Definition cables, rather with Red, White, and Yellow Composite Cables.
- Xbox 360 experienced a bug which ultimately killed the console, rendering it useless, known as the “Red Ring of Death.”
- There are over 1000 Xbox 360 games now and roughly 7.5 games are sold to every Xbox 360 owner.
As a top contender of that generation of console gaming, the Xbox 360 was a powerful choice. It boasts more social aspects than the others which is something gamers have come to know and love, and now expect from all home consoles moving forward.
5. Nintendo Wii (101.63 Million Units Sold)
- Released November 19, 2006.
- Nintendo states the Wii targets a larger demographic than the Xbox 360 and PS3.
- Introduction of the Wiimote, the handheld pointing device, detecting movements in three dimensions.
- The Wiimote allowed users to control the console and games using a combination of gestures as well as button presses.
Though certainly an impressive addition to home consoles, this seems to be the most surprising on this list. It goes to show you how a little innovation and breaking from the norm can go a long way.