The content of the Video Game Console Library is written by a group of gaming enthusiasts that, as a whole,
collectively own every main console that has ever been released. Our goal is to provide an objective viewpoint
and information on the hardware that powers the games we all love, for both the hardware collector and gamer alike.
1970s - HISTORY & OVERVIEW
The 1970s marked the beginning of home video gaming as we know it today. Ralph Baer, uniformly known as the father
of the video game console, created and developed the infamous Brown Box, which would later become the revolutionary
Magnavox Odyssey. Few could honestly admit that this humble beginning would result in the multi-billion dollar
market of today. (Read more...)
1980s - HISTORY & OVERVIEW
The 1970s may have been the beginning of home video gaming as we know it. However, it was the 1980s that saw the
premature death of the industry and its phoenix-like rise from the ashes. Atari became synonymous with home video
gaming, but newcomers like Sega and Nintendo quickly proved to not only be a threat but to reinvent the industry as we
know it. (Read more...)
1990s - HISTORY & OVERVIEW
While Sega and Nintendo carved up the market neatly between them early on, companies like NEC looked to expand their
influence while new entries by SNK, Philips and 3DO decided to ride the bleeding edge of new technology and
multifunctional hardware in order to grab a slice of that pie for themselves. Other companies, like Atari and
Commodore, simply tried to hold on. (Read more...)
2000s - HISTORY & OVERVIEW
In March of 2000, Sony kicked off the new millennium by releasing the PlayStation 2 which would be shortly followed
thereafter by Nintendo's GameCube console and newcomer Microsoft's Xbox. With this
new generation of hardware, developers would change gaming's importance in pop culture as well as
telecommunications and entertainment. (Read more...)
2010s - NOTES
With the new decade starting off, cloud gaming has begun to take a foothold within the gamer's living room.
OnLive released their MicroConsole in December of 2010 with rumors of similar streaming devices surfacing on a weekly
basis. The door may be opening as well for independent developers with the release of consoles focused on
providing an open gaming environment like the OUYA.
CONNECTING YOUR GAME SYSTEMS
Regardless if you have an old school 19" CRT or a brand spanking new 3D HDTV, connecting your video game system can sometimes be a daunting
task. The myriad of connection types, cords and switches can be overwhelming, even to the most savvy of aficionados. This
article will guide you through this process to produce the best presentation on your NTSC display device.
CONSOLE CREWCAST BLOG INDEX
You have stumbled upon our little corner of the video gaming universe where you will find a variety of articles on all facets of the
industry. From software reviews to gaming literature to the various rants that keep us sane, you get a taste of it all.
Please select an article category from the above list or check out our most recent additions listed from our Blog Index. Please enjoy!! (Blog Index...)
Console Master Database
This table lists all of the consoles that have been released and are featured at the Video Game Console Library.
The original model, along with major revisions, are all listed but individual chassis color variations, or LE/SE editions, are not. Our aim with this page is to provide quick reference, data and links within our site
to all of the systems that have been released. Some notes
while using this interactive table:
o The default view is organized by the Console Family's first year of release.
o The Clone column indicates whether the release is officially licensed or not.
o Clicking Go or the Retail Name field will open up the webpage in a new window
o Click the column header to sort the display to your liking.
o Sorting the list may take a few seconds due to the amount of data.