Playdate is a handheld designed by Panic. It has unique controls, a 'season' of games and is an open development platform.
The Atari VCS is billed as a "PC/Console Hybrid," with the console side having its own online storefront and a selection of games and apps.
Sony's fifth PlayStation console launched on November 12, 2020 with two models: a standard edition with a disk drive and a digital edition without.
The fourth Xbox console from Microsoft launched on November 10, 2020 with two distinct models; Series X and Series S.
Amazon's cloud-based streaming service takes a "channel" style approach to access, with a basic monthly fee for the Luna core and additional monthly fees for more games from specific publishers.
Evercade is a handheld console that plays cartridge-based collections of retro 8-bit,16-bit, and 32-bit games. An almost completely backward-compatible home console, the Evercade Vs., released in late 2021.
Stadia was a streaming platform for games powered by Google's cloud infrastructure.
Oculus Quest is a self-contained virtual reality platform from the makers of the Oculus Rift.
The Magic Leap One launched as a developer-focused "Creator Edition" in August 2018.
Stream games are those designed to be played by viewers on streaming platforms (i.e. Twitch). The streamer initiates the game, viewers join, and watch the events play out.
Nintendo's home console that can be turned into a portable device by removing it from its TV-dock. Launched worldwide on March 3, 2017.
The Android-based Tomahawk F1 is built on Android and is aimed directly at the Chinese market.
The fourth-generation Apple TV adds an App Store, opening up the availability of third-party apps and games to a wider degree. The remote also has motion capabilities, opening it up as a game device.
Amazon Alexa is a virtual assistant that reacts to voice commands.
Nintendo's "New 3DS" adds some additional control functionality and horsepower, allowing for some games that can only run on the new hardware, not on Nintendo's original 3DS.
Monon Color is a handheld console developed and released in China in 2014. Twenty games were released for it including Marvel and Dragon Ball.
Amazon is getting into the set-top box game with an Android-based device that launched alongside an optional game controller.
The Xbox One is Microsoft's third video game console. It was released on November 22nd 2013 in 13 countries.
PlayStation 4 is Sony's fourth home video game console, released on November 15, 2013 in North America, and November 29, 2013 in Europe. On November 10 2016, Sony released the Playstation 4 Pro, an updated version of the console targeting 4...
The Ouya is an Android-based device that hooks up to TVs and plays video games.
The Nintendo Wii U, the follow-up to the monstrously popular Nintendo Wii console, launched in North America on November 18th 2012.
PlayStation Vita is Sony's second handheld gaming device.
The PlayStation Network is Sony's digital storefront for delivering games, add-ons, and other content. This specific platform page focuses on the PlayStation Vita version of said storefront.
The products that make up the various segments of Nintendo's 3DS eShop include new releases, updated version of old games, and emulated versions of old games.
The Nintendo 3DS is a portable game console produced by Nintendo. The handheld features stereoscopic 3D technology that doesn't require glasses. It was released in Japan on February 26, 2011 and in North America on March 27, 2011.
A now-discontinued smartphone OS made by Microsoft, which had built-in integration with Xbox Live and other services.
Leapster Explorer is a cartridge-based handheld console developed by LeapFrog and intended for children under the age of ten.
The iPad is a series of touch-screen tablet devices developed by Apple. The iPad can browse the web, playback local and streamed content, and run a large variety of third party apps, including games.
The Zeebo was a wireless network-enabled console primarily designed for emerging markets.
DSiWare is Nintendo's name for its downloadable games appearing on the new Nintendo DSi system.
This platform is specifically for PSP releases that are made available as digital downloads via the PlayStation Store. The Store includes PSP games (some exclusive to PSN), PSP Minis, PSone Classics, trailers, movies, TV shows, and digital ...
Google's mobile OS, available across multiple devices.
The Leapfrog Didj is a handheld console that was originally released in 2008. It's built for educational software, but runs a Linux distribution that has created a bit of hacker interest.
The iPhone is a multimedia multi-touch smartphone created by Apple Inc.
The Wii Shop Channel is Nintendo's way of digitally distributing games. It includes WiiWare for newly developed games, as well as the Virtual Console for classic titles from various consoles and arcade systems.
The Nintendo Wii is a home video game console released on November 19, 2006. The Wii's main selling point was the innovative use of motion controls that its signature Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers allowed for. It became the best sellin...
The PlayStation 3 (often abbreviated PS3) is the third home video game console created and released by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
The PlayStation Network is the online service by Sony Computer Entertainment, providing downloads of games, trailers, themes and much more. The service is free, but also offers a paid version for various benefits.
Mattel's HyperScan allowed players to scan in RFID-equipped cards to bring in new characters, weapons, and powers. It came packaged with X-Men, Spider-Man and Ben 10.
Xbox Live Games Store is an online store for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One which allows users to purchase games digitally.
The Xbox 360 is the second game console produced by Microsoft Corporation and is the successor to the original Xbox.
The Gizmondo is a failed handheld console, which launched in 2005. It was potentially revolutionary for having functionality such as GPRS mobile data connection, a camera, GPS, a multimedia player and of course game playing all in one unit.
The Game Wave Family Entertainment System is a simple DVD-based game platform from ZAPiT Games.
The V.Smile is an educational video game console made for young children.
SegaToys launched this successor to the kid-focused Pico console in 2005. A lower-priced model called the BeenaLite followed in 2008, but neither was released outside Japan.
The Digiblast (digiBLAST) is a handheld console produced by Nikko in the Netherlands and released in 2005.
The Timetop GameKing III is a handheld console release in Asia by Guangzhou Daidaixing Electronics Tech. Unlike previous iterations, the GameKing III features a color screen. It is backwards compatible with GameKing I & II games.
PlayStation Portable (PSP) is Sony's first entry into the handheld gaming market. The PSP also sports multimedia features including music and video playback, a photo viewer, and an online store. Several model revisions have been released: t...
The Nintendo DS is a handheld featuring two screens, one of which is a resistive touchscreen. Four different models are available: the original DS, the DS Lite, the DSi, the DSi XL.
The Timetop GameKing is a Chinese handheld console. While being a gray-scale, 8-bit system, it was notable for its excellent audio.
The XaviXPORT is a fitness-oriented system that works with cartridges and fitness gear, like specialized golf clubs, boxing clubs, and baseball bats.
The LeapFrog Leapster is a stylus-based educational game device aimed at children under 10.
A Palm based PDA/Portable games console with a touch screen, which for a short time had an active homebrew community. It was released in two different editions with different amounts of onboard memory, the Zodiac 1 (32MB) and the Zodiac 2 (...
The N-Gage (later re-released as N-Gage QD) was a failed gaming platform developed by phone manufacturer Nokia. Games in MMC-Card format were sold for the platform, and towards the end, games were available for download to your own MMC.
Microsoft's first home gaming system and one of the first to include an internal hard drive and built in online play capability. It was considered the first console to have fully supported meaningful online play.
The Pokemon Mini is a handheld game system developed by Nintendo in the early 2000's focusing solely on mini-games within the Pokémon universe.
The GamePark 32 is a Korean handheld that actually attained popularity in European markets after its release. The console was popular due to its vast abilities, including emulation, freeware, homebrew, music playback, and more.
The Apple iPod is a popular MP3 player that garnered a bit of game support due to its large market. Support for games never took off until the newer, touch-screen iPod Touch and iPhones were released, and development of iPod Classic games ...
The Nintendo GameCube is a sixth generation video game console released by Nintendo on September 15, 2001 in Japan, November 18, 2001 in North America, May 3, 2002 in Europe, and May 17, 2002 in Australia.
The third platform in the Game Boy line, the Game Boy Advance was offered in a multitude of colors and had three hardware offerings, the sideways Game Boy Advance, the flip Game Boy Advance SP and the tiny Game Boy Advance Micro.
A Handheld gaming device from Bandai. The system was noteworthy for supporting play on the system vertically or horizontally, depending on the particular game.
Sony's PlayStation 2 is the second home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment Incorporated, and to date is the best-selling home console of all time, with an install base of 150 million units since its launch.
The Nintendo 64 Disk Drive was an expansion for the Nintendo 64 allowing the use of magnetic disks that offered greater storage capacity and the ability to be written to.
LeapPad is a series of tablets developed by LeapFrog beginning in 1999. They are primarily intended for children.
The Neo Geo Pocket Color is a 16 bit color handheld console from SNK.
Originally called "Project X", the Nuon started out as a concept for a stand alone console but instead became a built in 3D enhancement technology in a handful of DVD players. NUON technology fared abysmally and the platform only managed t...
The WonderSwan was a Japan-only handheld game system that had a fairly large library of games and many accessories.
The Dreamcast is the fifth and final console developed by Sega and the first of the sixth-generation of consoles to release. As the first 128-bit system, it was the first to offer truly arcade-quality 3D graphics. It is famous for being the...
Nintendo's successor to the Game Boy, featuring a color screen and backwards compatibility for all previous Game Boy titles.
The Neo Geo Pocket is SNK Playmore's first handheld video game console. The console did not do as well as expected, and had a short life span and small game library.
Tiger's second short-lived portable console was a video game and PDA hybrid
While primarily a format for movies and other video, video games were made that are playable via a standard DVD player.
The successor to the SNES was Nintendo's entry in the fifth home console generation, as well as the company's first system designed specifically to handle polygonal 3D graphics.
Funtech released the Super A'Can in Taiwan in 1995. Only 12 games were produced for the 16-bit console before it was scrapped.
This Japan-only release was targeted at young girls and featured a built-in thermal printer to allow users to print their own puri-kura-style stickers. Only 10 games were released for the console.
This short-lived multimedia device was designed by Apple and manufactured by Bandai. It is widely regarded as one of the worst video game consoles of all time.
Atari released a CD-ROM drive for the Jaguar on September 21, 1995 for $149.99.
The Virtual Boy pioneered portable 3D gaming, but became Nintendo's biggest (and arguably only) market blunder. Despite innovative display technology, various design and marketing mistakes doomed it to poor sales and quick retirement. Fewer...
The Satellaview was an add-on for the Super Famicom, released only in Japan. It downloaded games and news via satellite broadcast, and received live, streaming voice acting and hints for some games.
The Denshi Manga (Design Master) was released by Bandai in 1995. It is considered the first touch screen gaming device ever produced.
The R-Zone was a heavily marketed, cartridge based LCD handheld that ultimately flopped. It marked Tiger's first attempt at a handheld game system.
Sega's short-lived jump into the 32-bit gaming era began with this add-on to the Sega Genesis.
The NEC PC-FX was a console designed in the form of a PC and planned to be upgradable. It failed due to lack of 3D graphical power and little developer support. The PC-FX is known for its large percentage of adult titles and was NEC Corpo...
Sony's first video game console established the PlayStation brand. It dominated the 32/64-bit era and was the best-selling home console up until the PlayStation 2.
A 32-bit game console developed by Sega. Due to development difficulties and the rising popularity of the PlayStation and N64, the Saturn was discontinued overseas in 1998, but continued to sell in Japan until 2000. It was Sega's most succe...
The Neo Geo CD was released after its cartridge-based equivalent, in an effort to reduce manufacturing costs.
The Bandai Playdia was an early nineties video game console released only in Japan.
Sega Pico is an educational video game system aimed at children. The system was also the first Sega system to carry Nintendo licensed games.
The Atari Jaguar was the first 64-Bit game console, and Atari's final console.
The Amiga CD32 was Commodore's attempt at a gaming console and what turned out to be their swan song. The majority of its library were upgraded Amiga games.
3DO was a video game console manufactured by Panasonic, Goldstar, and Sanyo. Despite the initial hype surrounding the system, the console's $700 price tag proved to be the ultimate kiss of death for the system.
Pioneer LaserActive was a failed modular laserdisc-based game console notable for its use of expansion modules as well as being the second highest priced console of all time.
The Mega Duck is a 1993 handheld that was released in some territories under the name Cougar Boy. It was released as the Mega Duck in France, Germany, Brazil, and China. The handheld was also released as the Cougar Boy in the USA and some o...
The Memorex MD 2500, also known as the Tandy VIS, was released in 1992. It ran a version of Windows that can be described as a precursor to WinCE and primarily focused on educational games.
The Sega CD was one of the first CD-ROM based gaming consoles. The extra storage space this medium allowed gave rise to inclusion of full motion video, higher quality audio, and improved graphics in games.
The Watara Supervision (known as the QuickShot Supervision in the UK) is a handheld with a Game Boy-like form factor. It was originally released in 1992.
The CD-i was the first CD-based game console. Produced by Philips, it was intended to be a computer for your living room.
The Linux operating system was initially released in 1991 and has gone on to become a very popular free alternative to other, commercial systems.
Browser-based games are typically platform-independent pieces of software that run directly in the same application you use to read this web page.
The CDTV was a repurposed Amiga 500 that focused on multimedia games and applications in the early 1990s.