Best Game Console, and the future

By Zee
Aug 30, 2004
  1. Which do you believe has been the best game console ever?

    Sega Dreamcast
    Sony PlayStation 2
    Microsoft Xbox
    Nintendo GameCube
    Apple Pippin (1996) (never marketed)
    Atari Jaguar (1993) (marketed as "64-bit")
    Playdia (1994)
    3DO (1993)
    Sega Saturn (1994-1998)
    Sony PlayStation (1994)
    Nintendo 64 (1996-2002) (marketed as "64-bit")
    TurboGrafx 16 or PC-Engine (1989)
    TurboGrafx-16 CD
    Sega Genesis or [Sega MegaDrive] (1989-1998)
    Sega CD or [Sega Mega CD] (1991)
    Sega 32X or [Sega Mega 32X] or [Sega Super 32X] (1993)
    Neo-Geo (1989)
    Neo-Geo CD (1994-1999)
    Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super Famicom (1991-1998)
    Philips CD-i
    NES or Famicom (1985-1995)
    Sega Master System (1986)
    Atari 7800 (1986)
    Intellivision (1980)
    Colecovision (1982)
    Philips_G7400 (1983) (This was to be released in the USA as the Odyssey3; changing market conditions prevented its release.)
    Arcadia 2001 (1982)
    Vectrex (1982)
    Atari 5200 (1982)
    Atari 2600 VCS
    Odyssey2 (1978) (Known in Europe as the Philips_G7000)
    Channel F (1976)
    Astrocade (1977)

    The thought of future systems excites me with the ever growing potential of Sony PlayStation 3 (Sony has plans to release such a system around 2005), Nintendo GameCube 2 (Nintendo plans to release such a system around 2005. The official name may or may not be 'GameCube 2'.), Microsoft Xbox 2 (Microsoft has plans to release such a gaming system in the future. Xbox 2 is not the official name for it; it has been rumored that the name will be Xbox Next).
  2. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    Got to be Colecovision (though the Atari 2600 has a special place in my heart). :D
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    The Sega Saturn has to be my fav all-time console - but only import games with a 4 meg ram cart. All those games were pixel perfect clones of the arcade version. In fact, I went back and played some of those games a couple days ago. :)
  4. hood5555

    hood5555 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Sony PlayStation 2 Best Console
    It has Everything a Hardcore gamer would need

    On the other hand XBOX is good for its lighting and graphics.

    But thats just my opinion.
  5. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    Except a hard drive, real time 5.1 support, progressive scan output, fast dedicated network for multiplay, and a little game called Halo.

    Guess which is my favorite?

    The dreamcast was a sweet little machine and Combat for the Atari 2600 was the OG Deathmatch machine.:grinthumb
  6. InsaneMonkeyBoy

    InsaneMonkeyBoy TS Rookie Posts: 163

    Lol, i love the way you phrased that. And yup I agree with you, XBOX is the way forward...........but it's hard to say which console WAS the best because it's 2004 and not before. However you can say which was the most enjoyable AT the time, and i have to say that Multiplayer on Goldeneye N64 couldn't be beaten......but i was younger.

    PS: Dont forget that PC Gaming has been there all along!! and technically it is the best console of CAPABILITY but hell not RELIABILITY. :cool:
  7. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    I guess the reliability factor should be one of the most important considerations for this thread. So many of the replies so far have been more about games, that we forget the Raison detre for consoles originally was their simplicity and robustness.

    Add to this the 'wow" factor that state of the art hardware can induce and I think I have a new answer- I rented a Neo Geo in 1989 and the golf sim was fantastic. I never felt the same about my Sega Genisis again...
  8. hood5555

    hood5555 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Xbox Is really good but the games are bad accept for some like HALO

    PS2 all the way !!!!
    has the best games

    Edited because of language
  9. $oulo

    $oulo TS Rookie Posts: 74

    A Vectrex if any of you even know what that is?:eek: :D
  10. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    I cried like a baby when my mommy wouldn't buy me a Vetrex from the Gold Circle store when they were going out of business. I just got over it a few years ago- thanks for tearing the scab off. Where's my credit card? Im going to Ebay...
  11. smtkr

    smtkr TS Rookie Posts: 131

    How can anyone say a hard drive is a good thing in a console? I bet M$ will get smart next gen and NOT include a hard drive. HDs add too much to the cost and take too much away from reliability.

    The best console ever was the Famicon/NES, IMO (with the Super Famicon a close second).
  12. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    I had a vectrex - got stolen when I moved from the Philippines to the US. For some reason the box containing my Vectrex, Colecovision, Intellivision, and Atari 2600 never made it over with the rest of the stuff we shipped.
  13. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    Oh-lemme count the ways-

    1- modding should you so choose (linux for the xbox anyone?- gust one of the many uses the hard drive facilitates)
    2- faster load times for games
    3- Not forced to provide for sony exec's retirement fund by buying expensive memory cards
    4- Custom game sound tracks
    5- turns the console into a music server- I have a buch of cd ripped to mine
    6- Downloadable game content and such goodies

    As for the reliability factor, - HD's are coming with 3 year FACTORY warranties which is just about the adverage lifespan of today's consoles. I think their robustness is unquestionable- I have never heard of a xbox hd failing. If MS chooses to not include one in the next xbox it will be a cost descision not reliability issue and I will shed a tear when Im forced to bend over and buy a memory card like the sony faithful have for years.
  14. smtkr

    smtkr TS Rookie Posts: 131

    1, 4, 5, 6 can be solved by OWNING A COMPUTER.
    2, 3 are not a real problem--I never experience load times larger than 2-3 seconds and my collection of 15 games is not large enough to need more than one mem card.
  15. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    I'm sorry, I thought the thread was titled "Best Console" :confused:

    I fail to see how owning a computer makes your PS2 any better. :rolleyes:
  16. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    And may I interject - try installing Doom 3 on your machine and say you've never experienced load times larger than 2-3 seconds.
  17. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Papa I cant believe you think the Satern is the best console.. I got it shortly after my PSX (playstation) and it was just... aweful. I was such a sega fan so I made my parents get me a Satern.

    Sony PlayStation (1994) - Hands down

    I can understand why people might be saying PS2, but the Playstation is what really started it all, and for its time, I think it was even better then the PS2 is for its time.
  18. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Maybe in your time.;)
  19. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    True, well, maybe the SNES did or whatever, but I think the PSX is what really stepped it up, and made it what it is now.

    its what made it jump to the next level, the next generation, console and more importantly gameplay wise.

    the market also expanded greatly.
  20. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,024   +612

    Well I jumped all the way over from NES to a PS2, so... ;) My PC used to do take care of all my gaming needs, now it's about the same although I have less time to play with work and studies... I practically only use my PS2 for Winning Eleven (PES in Europe).
  21. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    Saturn was my fav all time - but I did state that it was only because I imported all my games - the Japanese version of games were FAR SUPERIOR to the US counterparts. They never released the 4 meg RAM cart in the US like they did in Japan. This added an additional 4 MegabYtes of RAM to the system giving it far more memory than any other console out at the time. That's why it was the only system able to faithfully replicate many of the arcade games out back then. I imported 2-3 games a week and ended up on a first name basis with the UPS delivery guy. My roommate, after seeing the games I was getting, quickly jumped on the bandwagon and started ordering imports too so it was almost everyday that we got a new Japanese Saturn game. Were it not for the JP games then the Saturn would be near the bottom of my console list. I can only think of a few great US games - Guardian Heroes, Shining *everything*, Panzer Dragoon I, II, and Saga, Virtua Fighter 2, and Nights into Dreams.
  22. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    If you happen to still have your saturn get a copy of MR. Bones Still one of my all-time favorites.
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