1972 saw the birth of pong and gaming, the past 42 years has seen 8 generations of video game console with advancements and hurdles at every corner, but this info graphic leaves a burning question in my gut: Has Hardware Advancements Come to a Crawl?

I feel this is a very valid question. With each generation of console after the release of the Playstation 2 and Xbox improvements have been marginal at best.

Ok, don’t get me wrong, I really love to see awe-inspiring graphics (que, Bioshock Inifinite Opening) but it seems with each advancement in graphical capabilities, developers are more worried about flashy effects rather then providing us with some solid game play.

You may call me a retro gamer here, but if hardware advancements end up with games that are designed to either get money from us at every turn or provide very little quality game play lets go back to the old days, when Sonic and Mario ruled, lets face it when you think back to your child hood game that you played the most what was it? How long did you play it each day? How amazing was the gameplay compared to modern day video games?

The History of Gaming Consoles 1972 – 2014 [ INFOGRAPHIC ]

This infographic on the history of gaming consoles 1972 – 2014 goes over the popular arm chair consoles and its history to arise throughout the past 42 years from the birth of pong right through to current 8th generation consoles currently on the market now such as the Sony Playstation 4, Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Wii u.

The History of Gaming Consoles Infographic

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Andy has been building custom PCs since the young age of 10, Now 27, when he is not overclocking, gaming or travelling the world surfing, he persues a passionate career in web development.

  • Jordan Lloyd

    Missed the Atari 2600 in 77, one of the biggest consoles of all time, a console that created the interchangeable cartridge market. The Atari 400 and 800 where computers, not consoles.

    • Jordan Lloyd

      Also this really should have been longer and involved more of the consoles on the market, as it is it’s a bit short.

      • Jordan Lloyd

        I think you should make this a lot longer and more full featured. Include the first real console war, between the 2600, Intellivision and Colecovision. Make the other generations more comprehensive, include the 5200 and 7800, the Turbografx, Jaguar, NeoGeo, 3DO, Cd-I, etc etc.

        • peazz

          Hi Jordan,

          Unfortunatly as just one person Jordan my time is limited at current, rest assured I am on the look out for gaming talent to collaborate with us on some articles. The purpose of this infographic was meant to be to highlight some evolutions in gaming through 1972 – 2014.

          If I listed every single console that was ever released including handheld as well, the infographic would be far to big to embed on any web page including my own, taking far to long to load. I had to draw the line somewhere, sometimes its better to split things up into several features rather then cram it all into one.

          I already have other ideas for an infographic that will touch on many of your points above, its just a case of finding the time.

          – Andy

    • peazz

      Well Pointed out Jordan. I will see if I can get that added in.