In 1966, engineer Ralph Baer, who was developing televisions, created a simple two-player video game, Chase. He refined his technology and in 1972, as a result of an agreement with Magnavox, Magnavox Odyssey was released - one of the first video game consoles to use cartridges.
However, these consoles were not easily available to all comers and gaming consoles became truly "home" in 1977, when Atari released the video game console VCS (Video Computer System), later known as the Atari2600.
In 1980, a huge number of classic arcade games were created. For example, the well-known video games from Atari 'Asteroids' or from Namco 'Pacman', which can now easily be played on handheld game consoles like the Nintendo DS.
By 1995 Atari couldn't handle the competition and left the game console market. However, a new competitor, Sony, emerges. That year Sony releases the 'Playstation', a 32 bit CD-ROM gaming console, Sega releases the 'Saturn' and Nintendo releases the 'Nintendo 64'.
In March 2000, Sony releases the PlayStation 2 and becomes the absolute market leader in gaming consoles, selling over 100 million consoles. In 2006 Microsoft introduces the Xbox 360, which brought innovations in terms of graphics and was able to enter the competitive race. Releasing better and better consoles both parties had a great impact on the development of the gaming industry.
Everyone has carved out their own niches and to this day, Playstation is competing with Xbox, Nintendo is creating handheld consoles. New innovations are also slowly coming to the market thanks to the boom in 2010s internet gaming, online gaming and improved game mechanics and their new innovative methods. We are sure that soon all aspects of the gaming industry will reach a new level, both with the old representatives like Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo and maybe with the new players as well.
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