The entertainment industry has never been as empowering for gamers until the rise of the next generation online gaming. However, the battle of the consoles doesn’t end—nor begin—with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One showdown. Old consoles remain profitable as more people explore their way into the era of gaming. Today, one of the cheapest and best gaming consoles is also converting regular Janes and Joes into gamers.
Do you know that three of the five best-selling consoles of all time are all PlayStation models? Despite their jaw-dropping prices, Sony no doubt takes the crown when it comes to consoles and knowing what the gaming community wants.
The bestseller list is led by PlayStation 2 with total sales of 154 million units, the original PlayStation with total sales of 102.5 million units, and PlayStation 3 with 80 million units. However, the remarkable record of Wii broke the winning streak of Sony after Nintendo reported a total sales of 100.3 million units, ranking at the fourth spot. Xbox 360 came in fifth with a total sales of 80 million units.
Two weeks after the launch of PlayStation 4 in 2013, Sony sold a total of 2.1 million units. The latest version has recently made it to the news as it regained the throne for gaming consoles in the US.
Despite the success of PlayStation 4, Microsoft remains optimistic over its Xbox consoles after its software sales manifested 2.75 games for every unit sold. Last month, Xbox 360 sold 2.46 million games while Xbox One sold 772,000 video games. The chart for top 10 titles includes NBA 2K14, Battlefield 4, Thief, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Fable Anniversary, Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, and The LEGO Movie Videogame.
Some Oldies but Goodies
But before the Playstation, the Xbox, and the Wii, there have been gaming consoles that won the hearts and will always be embedded in the memories of gamers around the world. They may not be able to rival their modern-day contenders, but tech geeks around the world pay tribute to the following consoles, not only for innovation, but for many hours of entertainment and adventure:
Released in 1977, the Atari 2600 is touted as the father of video game consoles—and rightfully so, because anyone who knows about Atari is well-aware that is pioneered all gaming technology and practically served as the prototype for gaming consoles as we know today.
This handheld console, during the time of its launch in 1989, catapulted Nintendo to the top of all handheld video game consoles. Popular apps such as Tetris, Super Mario Land, and Pokemon may not be familiar to most of today’s generation, but with the GameBoy, these made quite a smash back in the day.
Introduced in 1999, PCMag.com hails the SEGA Dreamcast as the best system of all time. Games like Chu Chu Rocket, Space Channel 5, Gigawing, Mars Matrix, and dozens more would remind many a gamer at heart of the video game production studio’s “golden years” when it comes to creativity.
The NES or Nintendo Entertainment System is known to have transformed every kid of the 1980s into a gamer. During its time, the console showcases what was a pretty impressive library of game titles, ranging from action, RPGs, shooter sports, and more. Among the most unforgettable are Super Mario Bros, Mega Man 2, and The Legend of Zelda.
Cheaper Consoles for the Casual Gamer
Considering these records, gaming consoles are obviously not going away anytime soon, and one of the most remarkable game changers is the Wii. Aside from its relatively cheaper price compared to the PlayStation and Xbox, the introduction of Wii has attracted a market previously untapped by the gaming industry. Unsurprisingly, since the Wii was released in 2006, it has gained a mature audience that was drawn to the way it revolutionised the gaming scene.
If you want the Sony experience—which, admittedly is quite like no other—but don’t have the budget to dish out for a brand new PS4 just yet, you can definitely opt for the PlayStation 2. See and experience for yourself why it’s considered the top selling console of all time.