Sega Dreamcast (1999)
The first console to include a modem and support for internet gaming, the Dreamcast was way ahead of its time but woefully short lived. Sega's last console was ultimately killed off by the advent of DVD and fierce competition from the PS2 and Xbox a couple of years later.
Magnavox Odyssey (1973)
The very first video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey didn't have colour or sound and had to rely on players sticking various overlays onto their TVs to make sense of the onscreen action. It also supported the first light gun, which was notoriously easily distracted by nearby light bulbs.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1992)
Forget Blur vs Oasis. The console war between Nintendo’s SNES and Sega’s Mega Drive raged in the early ‘90s. Faced with a new threat from Sonic the Hedgehog, the Italian plumber had his work cut out, but Nintendo’s Napoleon fought on and eventually dominated.
Sega Master System (1987)
Hard to believe it now but Sega’s Master System schooled its nemesis – Nintendo’s NES – on paper. Until the Mega Drive (and Sonic) arrived Sega played second fiddle, but what a joyous fiddle it was, bedecked with crazy accessories like 3D glasses and the Light Phaser.
Atari 2600 (1977)
The station wagon of consoles introduced us to the interchangeable cartridge, a system that would stand us in good stead for over a decade. But it was Atari’s plundering of titles from the local arcade that made the 2600 great, and brought gaming home. Forever.