Over the years, there have been some huge hits with gaming consoles, and also some questionable releases that never quite caught on.
Despite Xbox and PlayStation’s clear domination of gaming consoles over the past decade, there have been some hugely popular and influential consoles that fans have loved since the Odyssey was first released in 1972.
The new Xbox Series X is the fastest and the most powerful gaming console that Xbox have released to date, whilst PS5 have redesigned their console entirely, offering superior resolution support and faster storage potential than its predecessor.
Ranker is a website that allows fans to vote the console that they believe is the best of all time, giving us the most accurate results we could ask for.
With the hugely anticipated next generation of consoles being released, here is the top 25 gaming consoles of all time, as voted for by you, the fans.
Known as the console that only shipped with one controller, the TurboGrafx-16 was designed by Hudson Soft and sold by NEC Home Electronics in August of 1989.
24. PlayStation Vita
The PlayStation Vita is a handheld gaming console manufactured by Sony and was released initially in 2011, although a revised model of the console was later released in 2013.
23. Nintendo 3DS
A console that has recently been discontinued, the Nintendo 3DS ends its life as the worst performing Nintendo handheld device.
22. Xbox One
The Xbox One is one of the highest-sold gaming consoles of all time, reaching over 48 million units sold in September 2020.
The PSP is the most successful handheld console that Sony have ever made, holding the memory of being the last of the great handheld gaming consoles before mobile gaming became so popular.
20. Nintendo Gameboy Advance
Released in 2001, the Gameboy Advance was one of many of Nintendo’s handheld and portable gaming consoles.
19. Sega Saturn
Successor to arguably one of the most popular gaming consoles of all time, the Sega Genesis, the Sega Saturn never quite lived up to its expectations.
18. Nintendo DS
The Nintendo DS is the best-selling handheld console of all time, selling 154 million units worldwide.
The Wii was a popular, family gaming console that anybody could play. Wii has sold nearly 97 million units worldwide and its likely down to the Wii Sports game that almost everyone who played, enjoyed.
Released back in 2001, the original Xbox console was the biggest rival to Sony’s PlayStation during the sixth generation of gaming.
15. PlayStation 4 Pro
Performance wise, fans believe that there is absolutely no doubt that the PlayStation 4 Pro is the best PlayStation. But in terms of nostalgia and gaming experience, there’s bigger fan favourites.
14. Xbox 360
Following on from the original Xbox, the Xbox 360 competed with the PlayStation 3 during the seventh generation of gaming and managed to sell over 78 million units by 2013.
13. Sega Dreamcast
Sega Dreamcast was the first in the sixth generation of video game consoles, preceding Sony's PlayStation 2, Nintendo's GameCube, and Microsoft's Xbox.
The Gamecube is a clear fan favourite, but commercially Nintendo made small profits of the console and discontinued them in 2007.
Nintendo hit the jackpot when they introduced the GameBoy to market back in 1989. Since then, it's gone on to become the most popular handheld gaming device in video game history.
10. PlayStation 3
At the time, it was known as the world's most sophisticated gaming console due to its superior graphics, motion-sensing controller and popular range of games.
Nearly 30 million NES consoles were sold in the US by December 1991.
After its release in 2000, the PlayStation only took five years to become the fastest selling console in history.
7. Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch has sold over 65 million consoles worldwide, improving on the failure of its predecessor the Wii U.
6. Personal Computer
The rise of personal computer gaming began in the 1980’s and is still popular to this day.
5. Mega Drive/Sega Genesis
Released in August 1989, the Sega Genesis is one of the most loved video game consoles ever made.
At the time, Nintendo had 82.9% of the console market due to selling over 5.54 million N64 Consoles.
The console that introduced advanced graphics and sound capabilities compared with other systems at the time was always going to be a hit.
2. PlayStation 4
Sony have now sold over 110 million units of the PlayStation 4, making it the second-most successful console in history, behind the Playstation 2.
1. PlayStation 2
The biggest hit of them all, the PlayStation 2 is the best-selling gaming console of all time, selling over 155 million units worldwide.
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