49 Years Of Video Game Consoles in 10 Minutes

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Believe it or not, the home video game console has been around for nearly 49 years. Yes, that’s almost half a century. Since 1972, we’ve seen over 30 consoles created and sold in North America, which is a ridiculous amount of consoles. That’s an average of more than one console released every two years. Back in the early ‘70s, Nintendo was still about half a decade away from making their first console and the PlayStation and Xbox weren’t even a thought yet. Gaming has come a very long way since then so I’ll be taking a look at every home console ever released in North America.

The first console ever released was the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972. It was the only first generation console to be released in North America. In the second generation, we got the famous Atari 2600, best known for the legendary game, Space Invaders. The third generation was known as the 8-bit generation and introduced us to the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Master System. The fourth generation had the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System doing battle. As for the fifth generation, it saw a major shakeup. The Sony PlayStation joined the battle alongside the Nintendo 64 and Sega Saturn.

There’s more consoles to get into than just those so enjoy the video, let me know what you think is the best console of all time in the comments section below and don’t forget to subscribe to TheGamer for more gaming tech content.


0:00 Intro
0:37 1st Generation
1:22 2nd Generation
2:22 3rd Generation
3:16 4th Generation
4:28 5th Generation
5:59 6th Generation
7:27 7th Generation
8:38 8th Generation
9:56 9th Generation

Written by: Justin Pietrodarchi
Narrated by: Antony Watkins
Edited by: Umair G.

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  1. Johann Charles TV on March 8, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    2:37 also known as the video game bite of 83

  2. Monika Neilande on March 8, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    6:05 dreamcast wasnt released in 1995 it was relreased in 1998

  3. Jon Maksin on March 8, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    You skipped over the numerous Pong consoles released in the first generation, which would bring the total number of consoles released in the US market WAY over thirty.

  4. halo3odst on March 8, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    You forgot the colecovision and the CDI. Also dont just gloss over the saturn, its got some great games if you do more than 10 seconds of looking.

  5. Jack on March 8, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    North America Crash of 83 was briefly mention ik its only 10 minutes but it could of made this video 2 mins long

  6. Hector Ivan Ceballos Landa on March 8, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    This channel have a big set of balls to call themselves The Gamer

  7. Aayan Dhinoja on March 8, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Lol i still use a ps3 slim

  8. SilentStrikers on March 8, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Missing a few 2nd generation systems. Colecovision, Vectrex, and Intellivision II. Not sure if it it would fit the list, but there was also the Tandy and C64 systems. There are a few others but do not recall them at the moment.

  9. GLD_99 on March 8, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Currently I have all 3 consoles from the 7th generation! They are the only consoles I have but I love them so much!

  10. hahaha minecraft is the best on March 8, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    at the end of the 4th gen the audio cut out

  11. Taylor Wickham on March 8, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    The switch is 9th gen, not 8th gen

  12. GodzillaFanDude431 on March 8, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    The Atari is the 1st ever console, not the Odyssey.

  13. Jackamomo on March 8, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    I just realised you missed out Stadia. Does that count. It’s basically the same as a thing called GameFly which used to be built into me tv but got patched out. 🙁 I was just about to try it then found Samsung removed the game section. :’(

    Also there is the nvidia shield tv which shares the same internals as the Switch. Yes, the Switch is an nvidia shield is a Switch. Also Amazon Fire usb stick/console also plays game’s.

    Also my tv used to play games.

    Honestly, I think the next generation will all be streaming. The latest consoles are you gigantic, that little Japanese man looked like a tiny imp next to the PS5 Buck Rogers space-tower unit.

  14. Jackamomo on March 8, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Erm, the NES is crap. Games are not better than Master System games. The problem with the SMS was Tonka did not promote it and shops which sold NES consoles were not allowed to also sell Master System consoles. So Nintendo cheated quite badly.

    The Master System is still on sale in Brazil.

    Genesis was market leader in North America, selling double the software units and outselling SNES consoles, not counting add-ons.

    So Sega ‘wins’ 8-bit and 16-bit hens with better hardware and software and overall sales (historically).

    SNES nearly failed completely of Capcom hadn’t made such a good port of Street Fighter 2 and made it exclusive for over a year. SNES graphics can be good but overall they suffer from being simple in terms of on screen action and sound also tended to be quite low quality due to memory limitations using sampled sound exclusively.

  15. Nascardude18 on March 8, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    I was able to get the Series X during preorder. I didn’t get a PS5 till right before Christmas.

  16. s g on March 8, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    What about Coleco vision

  17. PlasterChief on March 8, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    The Sega Saturn is the first online system

  18. RaeRae Gingers on March 8, 2021 at 11:13 pm


  19. Rizky Gumilar on March 8, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    I think Microsoft is gonna buy Nintendo soon

  20. swat_waha : Not a Gamer hehe on March 8, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Here in indonesia the ps5 is out i saw it in a gamer plaza

  21. Daniel De Alcala on March 8, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Ps1 vs N64. One of if not the biggest rivalry of the 90s

  22. R0ne_ on March 8, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Video:*in 10 minutes!*
    Also video: **its 11 minutes**
    Me:hol up

  23. ya9d on March 8, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    the switch pro, i hope its gonna be 90-120 fps.

  24. Monika Neilande on March 8, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    i mean it wASNT RELEASED IN 1999

  25. diegofrgc on March 8, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Talks about SNES, shows NES.
    Talks about Square Enix, shows random racing game.

  26. Robert Streif on March 8, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Is it just me or did he forget the color tv game consoles by Nintendo in 1977

  27. Troy McGuffey on March 8, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    My 1st console was the Atari 2600 in 1991

  28. DezsiPlayz on March 8, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Lolololol the video was actually 11:31 not 10:00

  29. Clyde and guy’s on March 8, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    All it takes is a quick google search to find out the first video game was released in 1958 you dumb ass.

  30. Marble Track Productions on March 8, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    TheGamer: And Nintendo released the Wii.
    *Shows Wii U*
    I’m not saying he Wii U is bad cause it’s great

  31. Monika Neilande on March 8, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    why u said ps1 was launched in 1995 it was released in 1994 u idiot

  32. AlwaysBoredYT on March 8, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    just got a xbox 360 yesterday lol

    thx from my cousin

  33. DDRUTOU on March 8, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    You’re kidding, right? About the Genesis? You do know that it outsold the SNES in the US. The SNES also had a slower processor than the Genesis (they said so that it wouldn’t be too expensive for consumers)

  34. Soldier# 19 on March 8, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Why say 10 min when the Video is Actually 11 min

  35. Alex Hopkinson on March 8, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    You need a new video editor.

  36. IlIl IlIl on March 8, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    1:26 Damn you, that was good!

  37. DS9TREK on March 8, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    You missed out the Amiga CD-32

  38. Lilly Glover on March 8, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Theres some serious favoritism going on with these people

  39. Jeff Rickel on March 8, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Missing the best console of the 2nd gen – the Colecovision.

  40. Gamer123 on March 8, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    How did your channel die off

  41. Super X on March 8, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    The disc the gamecube used was a 1.5 gb optical disc

  42. Eric Norton on March 8, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    What qualifies the Odyssey² as "pretty good"? In my experience of playing its games it was a lot of things, but "good" isn’t one of them.

  43. segaNESerGrafxVision64 _ on March 8, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    You forgot colecovision and Atari 5200 you bozo

  44. Ameer Ali on March 8, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    You forget the colovision

  45. AlvinTv on March 8, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    I use pc
    for gaming but i have ps4

  46. The classic game boy 01 on March 8, 2021 at 11:50 pm


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