4. 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.
3. 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.
2. PlayStation (102.49 Million Units Sold)
- Released December 3, 1994 in Japan.
- Later released September 9, 1995 in North America.
- This was the first home video game console under the PlayStation name.
- Considered the first “Computer Entertainment Platform” to ship 100 Million Units
- Widely believed to have influenced the demise of the cartridge-based home console.
What a fantastic start to this epic set of video game consoles, be it home or hand-held. We’re now on the PS4, and seeing things like the PlayStation VR is incredible. Can you imagine what they’ll come up with next?
1. PlayStation 2 (>155 Million Units Sold)
- Released March 4, 2000 in Japan.
- Later released October 26, 2000 in North America.
- Second installment for PlayStations lineup of consoles.
- Offered backwards compatibility for both the PlayStations games and controllers.
- Remained a popular home console well after the release of the PS3.
- Experienced one of the longest runs for a video game console before being discontinued after 13 years.
- Released for the PS2 was a little known peripheral called the EyeToy. Similar product to the Xbox Kinect, though the Kinect was a superior product.
One of the longest runs in console history and still everyone was sad to see it go. I’ve brushed mine off and plugged it in just recently so I can relive the memory of some old classics. If I had it my way, I’d have Def Jam: Fight for NY remade and remastered for every console, past, present, and future.