Throughout the years the world has seen many video game consoles. However, only a few deserve the title of 'The top 10 consoles of all time'.
WHAT!!! No original Xbox!!!!
The original Xbox was even worse than the 360. Neither should be on this list in my opinion.
this whole xbox 360 hate is relly getting pathetic i mean comeon the 360 set the standard for online gaming on a console not only that but it is also the first hd console plus the 360 has some relly kick ass exlusive like halo 3 gears of war alan wake forza 3 fable 2 project gotham racing 4 perfect dark zero @stoneysweatleafs well all original 360 have a 3 year warranty and the new 360 fixed most problems the original had i respect your opinion.. but i have to call you out
No, pathetic is releasing a defective console before it is finished.
A great console shouldn't be criminally defective and come with a slew of excuses. and perfect dark zero was garbage. edit: take out the 360 and put in the dreamcast. list would almost be perfect (at least have the right ten)
Meanwhile the gospel of gaming the PC doesn't get a mention - fail article is fail
Why are either the 360 or PS3 even on the list? Neither have been around long enough for a fair comparison. It's like people who have been recently adding Red Dead Redemption to "greatest storyline of all time" lists. 360 doesn't belong on the list due to massive RRoD and the recent years so devoid of any games worth buying the system for. PS3 doesn't belong on the list due to a lack of "indie" content that made the PS2 so well-loved. And this article is incorrect: Xbox 360 did nothing for the online world or for Achievements. They simply made minor improvements to established things already done on PS2 games and PC games. It's like people who say that Gears of War invented the 3rd-person cover system...
Just like all PC gamers who troll console articles, you fail.
No mention of gaming PCs.. thats sad, cause last time I checked it started multiplayer and online gaming altogether. The most played console of all time as well... Wii should be up as well... PS3 should be higher than the 360 since it has the blu-ray and the same features the 360 offers. Dreamcast was not mentioned as well... This article fails
xbox360 it's not the first hd console..the first one is ps3!look at the first xbox360 generation released and tell me if you find hdmi output...
The issue with "lists" is they will ALWAYS vary from person to person as it pertains to personal preference. I dont think there will truly be a definitive list everyone could agree upon. As it stands, I like ALL consoles. Good and bad as they represent the very nature of why this industry is where it is. Genesis is the one I really got into. All other generations have been evolutionary but that genesis time was revolutionary. Like the first time you listen to a cd vs a tape or record. You knew from that moment things will get better but that was the WOW moment in gaming for me. All systems since then have done their part to push forward this industry and I can throw a nod back to the 2600 for getting me hooked in the first place. To me in my honest personal opinion...Genesis really was a new beginning as the name implies. edit: @jenkins...while I like to play my 360 as much as the next guy. Please respect the idea that console gaming has been an evolutionary form of entertainment. Revolutionary moments from time to time but mostly evolving from what something else had done. There is nothing wrong with that as it will continue to evolve. I will give you a few examples of revolutionary moments (i may be wrong but I am sure others will correct me): color gfx, game pad, removable storage (cartridge, optical: cd/dvd/etc, flash/hdd), 3D Those are some things that have revolutionized gaming at various points in time. From those moments it has evolved. I think the next revolutionary moment wont happen until we get full reactive virtual control. I would love to see the whole holodeck come to fruition some day. Bottom line, the 360 is a great system (even if there are those who see otherwise) just as every other system made has been great in their own respects. What you wrote is very onesided fanboyish even if that may not have been the intent.
EEEH? There is something called component cables wich can deliver 1080p also. Jerk
Actually 1080p can't be passed through RGB.. HDMI is what give you 1080p. RGB supports only 720p and 1080i
1080p goes through many different style of cable. My VGA monitor says hello. Yes component cable can do 1080p with no issues. You shouldn't talk about things you don't understand. Darth, Thank you for making it more clear. Bubbles...
"Actually 1080p can't be passed through RGB.. HDMI is what give you 1080p. RGB supports only 720p and 1080i" You are right about the last part. However, the component connection is capable of 1080p under the right conditions. The content must not have HDCP and the set must be able to handle that spec. That means games could be played but not movie via hddvd or upscaled dvd.
Are they judging consoles based on games alone? Or hardware? Oh well, this is marked as "Opinion Piece". So let's take it as that and not fact.
hate the 360 all you want, but i have owned pretty much all consoles since the atari 500 and i can tell you the one I have played the most by far has been the 360. RROD aside it is my favorite console of all time period. I know you sony extremist hate it but at the end i think it is because you are all bitter that Ms took such a huge market share from Sony. Just deal with it and rejoice on the fact that we have such a vibrant gaming community with so much great competition. I dont like the playstation 3 too much, but i dont hate it. I respect the fact that it has great games, but i prefer the online community of Xbox Live.
Let's see.... -Current Gen consoles that haven't completed their lifecycle yet...fail. -Wii...Fail. -Defective console...fail. -Wii above the N64...fail. Yep, list fails.
you know what they say about people who call people with differing opinions extremists.. .hypocrites. like Sony fans would be bitter about ms's market share. why? if anything it pushed Sony into overdrive. we've still got the best support with the best games. thanks ms. you've pushed Sony to step up at a faster rate than they MAY have IF ms wasn't around and that includes psn Good luck with your marketshare loading dread whilst ps3 fans get the better games at a higher rate. its still about the games my friend. I have all of the current consoles. each has their goodpoints but the games on the ps3 have shown me why Sony have been so successful. maybe you should give credit where its due instead of being childish. last year you were as quiet as a mouse.... guess marketshare and npd got you through:) lol 360 good ps3 better Imo
and how did the 360 beat ps3 exactly?
First hd console? You mean the console that didnt come standard with an hdmi port until the elite? Wow you bought into microsofts PR wholeheartedly. Don't even say that the component cables output in hd because they didnt. That fake hd you saw was upscaling which isnt true hd.. It was another one of microsofts sleight of hand tricks to convince people like you that you should buy their console. Dont get me started with the lack of features that its competition has had since launch. Lastly the abhorable failure rate of the 360 alone keeps it off this list.
ps1 had to be flipped upside down it had issues to,ps2 had DRE and dont act like YLOD isn't real either.
I don't completely agree with the list, but it is a good list. Those were all important consoles that had a dramatic impact on the gaming landscape. For those hating on the 360, it's really pathetic and childish. No true gamer can deny the great things the 360 has offered. The PS3 is also a great console. The problem is, I don't really see anybody hating on the PS3 here. Even the ones that prefer the 360 aren't hating on the PS3, they are just explaining why they like the 360. There is a big difference.
1· PS2 = YES 2· NES = OK 3· PS1 = YES 4· SNES = OK 5· wii = F*CK NO!! Gamecube >>>> wii 6· Sega Genesis = NO! I rather put the N64 here 7· Atari 2600 = ? 8· x360 = NO! and its life-cycle is not over 9· PS3 = Life-Cycle is not over 10· N64 = Number ->  I would put the DC
Those saying that component cannot pass a HD signal are morons. Go do some research. Component can pass a 1080P signal just fine. The only exception was that some studios would not allow their HD movies to be passed over component because component did not support copy protection. However, games on the 360 never had that requirement so component could pass a 1080p signal just fine. Most games on the 360 and PS3 are 720p anyway. The other thing some fanboys are dead wrong about is the absurd claim that the 360 has more sub-HD games than the PS3. This is completely false. It's true that both consoles have a few exclusives that are sub-HD, but most games on both consoles are 720p. If anything, when it comes to multi-platform games it is the PS3 versions that are more often sub-HD. Look over this list at beyond 3d http://forum.beyond3d.com/s... and you can see how many games are full 720p on the 360 and sub-HD on the PS3. So, if anything, the PS3 has more sub-HD games than the 360.
ps2 n64 ps3 dreamcast original xbox ps
Dreamcast pretty much gave birth to online gaming on consoles, yet it's no where to be seen. Shameful. Lists like these are always subjective. And pointless.
I'm tired of people saying that the xbox 360 was a great console because of online gaming. No, the online part is not really a piece of hardware for the 360. Halo is a game, not the 360. Xbox live is an online service FOR the 360 not the 360 directly. 360 has the highest failure rate out of all the systems. That alone should stop it from being in this list.
I loved my original xbox, much better than the 360 in my opinion.
I loved my original Xbox too, but not more than my 360.
Top 3 consoles of all time in my opinion (been gaming for 20 years) 1. PS3 2. PS2 3. SNES (Super nintendo)
no n64? no dreamcast? i still have fond memories of both, even though the dreamcast was a sinking ship it was a beast of a console at the time.
Xbox 360 deserves the spot more than PS3. Disagree if a $600 rape feels good every gen.
Sorry your poor and like to buy junk. Go back to school get a better job and stop shopping at Wal-Mart.
Those nubs shouting about lack of hdmi on the release model of 360 are prob teenagers who bought ps3 as their first console. Back in 2005 nov/dec even the HDTVs were not common there was no set standard for hte formrat and connectivity. I had bought that same year a SONY 720/1080i HDTV for 2000$. That TV didn't come with HDMI and i was glad 360 dint come with hdmi connection at that time. SO unless your parents are funding your habits you dint want to keep changing your TVs which started coming with HDMI connections. SO shut up and 360 is one of teh best consoles and first to get us into achievements and HD gaming plus really made online gaming fun. IF you disagree you're blind sony fanatic and would likely blow up urself if sony say so.
PS2 gave me more than any other gaming system and graphics in Gran Turismo 3 in 2001 was unbelievable
For me God of War 2 was the defining PS2 moment.
OMG. Why are we having this argument?!!!!
Personally I preferred the gamecube, but both were great consoles. The gen before that though, I think the N64 was miles ahead of the Playstaion. Everybody I knew had an N64, it was the greatest split screen multiplayer console ever! So many good games, and Rare was amazing back then.
N64 was great, but it suffered from its limited storage for games, similar to the 360 and DVD.
I suppose, but back then I didn't really care about that sort of thing. If the games were good, I was happy. :) I remember having to use an expansion pack in the console for Donkey Kong 64, funny times.
I though PS1 was king, or am I wrong? the storage issue was actually very important and helped PS1 to get next gen games like FFVII. I was a PC player (RTS and FPS) until 2006 when I saw games like GoW, Burnout Legends, Devil May Cry 3 and Metal Gear Solid:Snake Eater. I bought a PS2 and since then PS is my gaming platform of choice.
@raztad Yeah, such a superior media format that FFVII required 3 discs. I thought that was the end of the world.
The PS2 will always be #1.
I don't know about that, the PS3 is just exiting its infancy and Sony has really been on a roll with killer exclusives and new IP's + the PSN has really grown. I've owned every system on that list since they were new and I'm really impressed with where Sony is going. That's not fanboy talk, that's experience talking. All that said, the NES and PS2 are the best older consoles IMO, but it's too early to call a horse on this gen. BTY I didn't disagree with you.
I agree Al , the playstation 2 rocked the exclusives, and for that it deserves the number one position (it is not my favorite, but objectively speaking it is hard to argue that it is not number one). But I have to give props to the Dreamcast and the 360 because they made online console gaming happen. Dreamcast started it and 360 perfected it.
One should be the NES. You know, the system that saved the gaming industry and brought us some of the most respected franchises in existance. Second place should be the SNES. @Piroh, How did the PS2 give more than any other system, specifically the NES, SNES, N64? Oh I see, right after that you bring up graphics so I guess that answers my question.
I don't agree at all. Sure Nintendo saved the industry back in the day. The PS2 took everything to another level. It sold 100 million more than the NES. Give credit due, where credit is due.
Sales don't equal quality, remember that one? Most of you are probably too young to remember the NES era, but I agree with Wages of Sin that the NES is the most important console of all time. It literally saved video gaming.
NES should be number 1, but after what nintendo did for the industry with the NES. The next most important thing was what the PS2 did, bringing gaming to a wider market not just kids. So PS2 should be number 2
I disagree as well. Yes, the NES did save the gaming industry after the crash in the mid 80s, so if you want to put it there, than I can respect that. But you have to give respect where respect is due, and the PS2 has earned that. Not only is it the greatest selling console in gaming history, it launched gaming into a stratosphere that was thought to be unreachable, even in the days of the NES and SNES. It rightfully deserves its place as No.1 or No.2.
Dude ps2 has more than 1500+ games, making the console, the biggest experience hence games out there. but true, NES and SNES has my heart over ps2...but never ps1...breath to fire please.
My #1 - Xbox 360 baby! I'm joking of course. ;)
Nor 360 or ps3 should be there list, really, the generation hasn't even finished yet, long way to go.
I was joking. I thought that might've been obvious with the hardware issues and all. Kids will be kids i suppose.
Playstation 1 My favorite system of all time.
360 above PS3 because of achievements (really, so we're gonna ignore the longer list of features for the PS3 just to put the 360 higher? Plus the trophy system is better because it weights the harder to get "acheivements" by level of medal) and the wii "gave birth" to motion controls? Oh examiner, you never cease to fail. @wazzim: yes Sony integrated trophies because of acheivements, but they are a better rewarding system. someone with a higher gamerscore could just be out renting shovelware and playing through the game once as someone with more trophies may not have any gold/plats. But that wasn't my point, they used one (minor) feature to put it above the PS3. where's the 360's version of home, blu-ray player, free to play on-line, Internet Browser (that means the PS3 was offering Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, etc. day one), etc.?
I know it's your opinion but be reasonable, PS3 got Trophies because of achievements, Wii made motion control VERY popular. Note, before pressing that damned disagree button, I'm not bashing the PS3 or whatever just stating some facts. Great list, SNES,PS1, PS2 are my fav's, spiritual successors to each other IMO :) No no.1, only needed console this gen for hardcore gamers which kind of sucks.
Yeah they did say some features like the 50 gigs of space on the blu ray has yet to be explored to it's full potential. Maybe AGENT or Last Guardian will be that massive game we've been waiting for...
Agree with the number one but think the SNES should be 2nd. Also the Dreamcast should be on the list for planting the idea of online multiplayer on consoles player minds, it wasn't the first and it was not the best by a long way but it blazed a path and Live and PSN would not have existed in the same way without it.
OF ALL TIME!!!!
Maybe I'm just too old but the SNES will always be #1. The PS2 Comes in second. The Wii should not be on there at all, and the 360 should not, SHOULD NOT, be ahead of the PS3.
How can you even say that the XBOX360 and PS3 can be in the top ten if you think the Wii shouldn't be? That makes no sense at all from any perspective. The Wii has brought gaming to the masses. What have the PS3 and XBOX360 done? Made online gaming on consoles and made consoles more like PC's?
The #1 gaming console of all time is the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. So many great games. After the SNES I'd have to give it to the PlayStation 2. The SNES has some of the greatest games of all time and took gaming out of its infancy. The PS2 really took what the SNES did and sent gaming to pop culture. You could also give credit to the Wii to be the first console to send gaming to the eyes of the masses.
PS2 sold 150 million units. I'd say that is pretty mainstream. The Wii deserves credit for bringing in motion controls. Like it or not they are changing the landscape of the industry.
Increasing sales by 10-14 million in your comment won't change facts. Now that DS will outsell PS2 this fiscal year, it will be the #1 console right? NES is #1. It's the reason why all of us are playing games today. Wii at #2 because it's the most revolutionary console since NES. Just a quick note: N64 is the superior console of the 5th generation. Sales are not a measure of quality. SNES and PS2 can compete for #3 position. Of course i realize most will disagree with me here because this is n4gps3.com
No, the DS is another type of gaming platform, it's a portable, not a console... That's why PC is not included either, because it's another type of gaming platform. The reason we play games today is because of Pong and the Atari 2600, the NES because of them. But with all due respect to Nintendo, the PS2 is the one that made definitely made gaming mainstream, thanks in part to the trojan horse called DVD. PS: I didn't disagree with you, that stupid button doesn't help to constructive conversations.
DS is not a console? Of course it is! DS is a handheld gaming console, and the title says "top 10 consoles", not "top 10 home consoles". But I think that's what they meant. Anyway, NES is the greatest home console of all time. Why? Here's why; 1. Atari 2600 and Pong were failures. They had boring and unimaginative games. Ever heard of the Video Game Crash of 1983? Yes, NES saved the whole video game industry from doom at that time with its legendary titles like Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Duck Hunt, Tetris, ExciteBike, Dragon Warrior, Kid Icarus, Ice Climber, Kirby, Castlevania etc.. I can go on and on about the number of great NES games. And what did Atari 2600 have? Pac-Man, that's it. And it wasn't such a good game either. Atari 2600 led to the Crash, and the video game business was doomed. If NES had not been released, none of us would have been playing video games because there would be no video game business. The whole industry was given a new life with the release of Nintendo's NES. 2. The controller. The D-Pad, the "a" and "b" button layouts, the START and SELECT buttons. These were pioneered by the NES and have been an integral part of consoles for the past 27 years. Also, NES made gaming mainstream, not PS2. With all due respect to PS2, it did a great job. But nothing when compared to what NES did. Wii has done a great job too in expanding the audience and making gaming mainstream. But again, insignificant compared to what NES did. PS: I agree.
@ darkcharizard Of course I remember the crash of 83, that doesn't mean that the Atari consoles were a failure, they were pretty popular back then... what failed was Atari as a company. Yes, the NES "saved" gaming at homes, but back then playing the NES was still considered a children's hobby; unlike the PS2 that made it mainstream to a lot of older gamers (ironically, older gamers that we also enjoyed the NES and Atari). I don't know what your definition of "console" is, I think you're confusing it with the term "platform". To me a console is something that stays at home, as it is defined in various sources (ie. www.dictionary.com, webster's, etc). The Atari had an anlog stick and a button, the Intellevision had an analog disk and several more buttons (although crappier) than today's controllers, Shouldn't we give credit to them too?
Yes Atari 2600 was a failure. It had a horrible variey of games and the only game that sold over 4 million was Pacman (7 million). Only 4 other games sold more than a million. These sales figures are minute compared to the software sales of NES (64 million games crossed the 1 million mark). What you're saying is public perception of gaming. Back in 83, a lot of adults played the NES. If it was considered a children's hobby, that was the perception of video games in that era. Remember TV was called the "idiot-box" for a decade or two after its release? Same kind of thing here. If i remember correctly, PS2 wasn't taken seriously by society as an adult's entertainment system. It was still considered a machine meant for kids, which adults who had enjoyed NES, SNES etc as children also played. And if you still think PS2 made gaming mainstream, then Wii has done a far better job. Didn't see 50 year old mothers and 80 year old grand parents playing PS2 did you? or even a lot of girls? Wii has really expanded the audience compared to PS2, and made gaming "mainstream". On the topic of whether or not DS is a console i can just say one thing - There are home consoles and handheld consoles. But they are both consoles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... As for the controller, I am talking about the basic layouts of the controller. You know, the D-pad, the face buttons, the START and the SELECT buttons. NES pioneered these traits, and they are being used until today. When you talk of the modern day thumb-operated analog stick, it was pioneered by the N64. Atari's analog stick was a different technology and served a completely different purpose (and it had to be held in your hand). Now, after all this discussion, is it really that hard to understand the impact of NES and its undisputed position as the greatest console ever?