I found this really cool chart in an article at the Economist
. It's from March of last year, but it covers every generation from the first console generation (starting with the Odyssey in 1972) to last generation. I've never seen this data in a collected format, it's always been something I would read randomly from disparate sources.
A few personal takeaways for me that somehow I never learned or realized before -
- Nintendo had a console before the NES
- There was a lot more competition in the earlier days
- Sega took a hell of a bite out of Nintendo in the Genesis/SNES generation (I always knew the battle was fierce, but thought the SNES greatly outsold the Genesis in the long run)
- How severely Sony dominated during the PSX and PS2 generations.
- How the PS2 sold close to 160m units, I thought the Wii was the best-selling console of all time
- The Saturn and Dreamcast were abject failures (thought they did better numbers than that)
- It's strange that there was almost no total growth between the 3rd and 4th generation, where as in most other generations there's significant generation-over-generation growth
- Skipping generations 3 to 4 due to lack of growth, starting from generations 2 to 3, the growth trend goes: 120%, 65%, 43%, 20% (360/PS3/Wii)
Interesting stuff, at least to me!