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Despite its comparably short lifespan, the SEGA Dreamcast was the first system in the sixth generation of video game consoles, which included the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox. The Dreamcast first hit stores in 1998, over two years before the PS2 and three years before the GameCube and Xbox. Although the Dreamcast had sizable chronological leeway over its contemporaries, it was inevitably stifled by stiff competition and the advent of DVD technology. But before it met its untimely demise in 2001, the Dreamcast certainly left its mark on the console industry.
^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h Sony stopped divulging individual platform sales starting with 2012 fiscal reports, and continues to sporadically. PlayStation 2: 138.8 million units sold as of Sony's first fiscal quarter ending June 2009 (Q1 FY2009). Sony sold 16.2 million units from Q2 FY2009 until March 31, 2012. It was discontinued worldwide on January 4, 2013. PlayStation 3: A Sony press release reported 80 million sold as of November 2, 2013. 3.4 million were shipped in 2014 and 0.4 million in the first quarter of 2015. PlayStation Portable: 52.9 million units sold as of Q1 FY2009. Sony sold 23.4 million units from Q2 FY2009 until March 31, 2012. On June 3, 2014, IGN reported a sales figure of 80 million, but the Associated Press noted "More than 76 million PSP machines were sold, as of two years ago, the last time a tally was taken." Shipments to North America ended in January 2014, and to Japan in June 2014. Shipments to Europe ended during the latter part of 2014. IGN reported in mid-November that 82 million PSP were manufactured and shipped at end of production. PlayStation Vita: 4 million reported by The Guardian on January 4, 2013. Glixel stated in June 2017 that 15 million were sold, while the Electronic Entertainment Design and Research suggests a couple million less by end of 2015.
According to a recent report completed by the Entertainment Software Association in 2018, 64 percent of U.S. households own at least one gaming device, and 60 percent of Americans play video games daily. And though gamers are predominantly male, gamers of all ages and genders are present in the study. The report also shows that consumers spent $36 billion on the gaming industry in 2017, predominantly on content.
Everything started with a collaboration with Nintendo. The first game console was introduced in 1994. An innovative platform that brought CD-ROM as a data storage into the market. Marketing was targeted at 15-30-year-old men – and not the children audience that consoles were traditionally oriented towards. This strategy showed to be a huge success and was therefore maintained in connection with the launch of Playstation 2 that came out in 2000. The bestseller sold over 140 million copies. The third one in the series came out in 2007, the forth in 2013.
Gaming consoles span several major brands, including Nintendo, Playstation, and Xbox. They also span several generations, with the PS4 console being the latest Playstation and the Xbox One X console being the latest from Microsoft. If you’re looking to play at home, traditional gaming consoles offer stunning HD graphic capabilities thanks to Blu-Ray technology, and the Wii gives you the chance to get active too. If you want to be able to take interactive gaming with you on the move, handheld models also offer up 3D graphics, touchscreen control, WiFi and 3G connectivity, movie and video playback as well as incredible gameplay.