The History Of Games Consoles: 1972-2018 [Infographic]

The first commercially produced video games console was the Magnavox Odyssey, which hit stores all the way back in 1972. Since then, there have been hundreds of machines and thousands of games vying for space in family lounge rooms. This infographic provides a snapshot of the past 45 years.

The infographic below comes courtesy of games site Fanatical breaks down the chief milestones in console gaming since Ralph H. Baer brought the Magnavox Odyssey to the world.

All the classic historic moments are here - from the meteoric rise and catastrophic fall of the console industry in the '70s and early '80s, to the crazy genius of the Nintendo Switch. The graphic also touches on the arcades, landmark games and industry facts and figures. Hadouken!

[Via Fanatical]


    I'm surprised the Nintendo Gameboy didn't get a mention.

    Never mind. There it is!

    Last edited 09/02/18 3:33 pm

    Lifehacker, posting better Kotaku content than Kotaku >

    also i love how the Megadrive is just "marketed as the Megadrive in Japan" no sorry M89 it was the Megadrive everywhere else in the world and just marketed as the Genesis in North America.

    also whoever decided the Top games on the system? have they played videogames before or just heard of them in passing lol? the PS1 is a great example. Spiderman? Really cmon. not even in the top 20 sellers and just scrapes in before 50 >

    Last edited 09/02/18 4:23 pm

    No intellivision with its cutting edge intellivision add on which gave voice to video the time it was amazing.

    Not a mention of the ultimate console the Amiga. Perfect blend of plug and play console and computer :)

    Ive been wondering about the switch for a while now, does it still count as 8th gen, is it 9th gen, or have we (with the ps4 pro and xbox one x) eliminated generations from the future of consoles?

    Great list but you forgot some that I had .....3D0! And Nintendo virtual boy

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