History of video game consoles (eighth generation)

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The eighth generation of video game consoles began in 2012 and is the current video game console generation. The eighth generation began with the release of Wii U. The PlayStation 4 was announced on February 20, 2013. It is expected to be released at the end of 2013.[1] Microsoft announced the Xbox One on May 21, 2013.[2] It is expected to be released at the end of 2013.[3] For handheld game consoles, the generation began in February 2011. The first handheld was the Nintendo 3DS. The PlayStation Vita was released in December 2011 in Japan. It was available for the Western countries in February 2012.

It is believed by the video game media that the eighth generation will be competing from the smartphone, tablet, and Smart TV gaming markets.[4][5][6][7][8][9] Because of this, some analysts believe the eight generation will be the last generation of home consoles.[9] Other consoles such as the NVIDIA Shield, Steam Box, Ouya and GameStick are attempting to compete in this market.[10][11][12]

Systems[change | edit source]

Comparison[change | edit source]

Name Wii U PlayStation 4 Xbox One
Logo WiiU.svg PlayStation 4 logo and wordmark.svg
Manufacturer Nintendo Sony Microsoft
Console Wii U Console and Gamepad.png Console design is yet to be revealed
Release dates NA November 18, 2012
EU November 30, 2012
AUS November 30, 2012
JP December 8, 2012
Q4 2013 Q4 2013
Launch prices Basic Model
  • US$299.99
  • £/, set by individual retailers
  • A$348.00
  • ¥26,250

Deluxe/Premium Model

  • US$349.99
  • £/€, set by individual retailers
  • A$428.00
  • ¥31,500
0TBA 0TBA
Units shipped Worldwide: 3.45 million (as of 31 March 2013)[13] N/A N/A
Best-selling game Nintendo Land, 2.6 million units (as of 31 March 2013)[14] N/A N/A
Media Wii U Optical Disc @ 22.5MB/s
25 GB (single layer)[15]
Blu-ray, DVD Blu-ray, DVD
CPU Tri-Core IBM PowerPC "Espresso"[16] Octa-Core AMD "Jaguar" Octa-Core AMD
GPU AMD Radeon "Latte" GPGPU @ 550 MHz[17] Custom AMD Radeon, architecture and performance similar to a Radeon 7870 @ 800MHz[18] Custom AMD Radeon, architecture and performance similar to a Radeon 7790 @ 800MHz[18]
Memory 2 GB DDR3 RAM

(1 GB available for games / 1 GB available for system)

8 GB GDDR5 RAM

(7 GB available for games / 1 GB available for system)

8 GB DDR3 RAM

(5 GB available for games / 3 GB available for system)

Storage 8 GB (Basic), 32 GB (Deluxe/Premium) flash memory
Supports up to 32 GB SDHC memory cards and up to 2 TB USB hard disk drives[19]
HDD with unconfirmed capacity 500 GB HDD
Video

Resolutions other than 576i and 480i available via HDMI and YPBPR only.

Resolutions other than 576i and 480i available via HDMI only.

  • 4K, 1080p, 1080i and 720p
  • HDMI in / HDMI out
Integrated 3DTV support Yes[20] Yes Yes
Second screen Off-TV Play Remote Play SmartGlass
Audio
  • Analog stereo via the Analog AV port.
  • Six-channel PCM linear output via HDMI
0TBA 0TBA
Peripheral abilities
Controller
Online services
Nintendo Network[22]

Accounts

Social network

Miiverse

Games

  • Online multiplayer (up to 5 local players)
  • Online leaderboards
  • Accomplishments System
  • Voice/video chat (requires at least one Wii U GamePad)

Cloud storage

TBD

Communication

  • Wii U Chat (video calls/voice chat)
  • Friend List (up to 100 friends)
    • Block List
    • Player History (online players met)
  • Notifications
  • SpotPass
  • Cross Platform with Nintendo 3DS

Online Shop

Nintendo eShop

Entertainment

Internet Navigation

Loyalty Programs

Other Utilities

  • Parental controls
  • eManuals[26]
  • Nintendo Customer Service (video game console warranty and help/repair support)
  • Nintendo Online Store (physical products only)

System Update

Wii U System Update
Miiverse3DS [b]
  • Personal Profile
  • Comunities:
    • Game/App communities
    • News communities
    • Developer's Room communities
    • Private communities
  • Share:
    • Comments
    • Drawings
    • Accomplishments
    • Tags (records/challenges)
    • In-game screenshots
    • YouTube videos
  • News Feed
  • Friend List (up to 100 friends)
  • Instant messaging
  • Notifications
N/A
Nintendo eShop

Games/Apps

Entertainment

Nintendo TVii
PlayStation Network Xbox Live
Regional lockout Yes[27] 0TBA 0TBA
Games can be shared/resold without a fee Yes Yes No[28]
Requires an Internet connection No No[29] Yes[30]
List of games List of Wii U games List of PlayStation 4 games List of Xbox One games
Backward compatibility Nintendo optical discs

Downloadable only

Optical disc/download

Not compatible with PlayStation 3 titles due to hardware incompatibility; other systems unannounced

Gaikai cloud streaming (not at launch)

Not compatible with Xbox 360 titles due to hardware incompatibility

Handheld consoles[change | edit source]

Handheld comparison[change | edit source]

Name Nintendo 3DS / 3DS XL PlayStation Vita
Logo Nintendo 3DS (logo).svg PlayStation Vita logo SVG.svg
Manufacturer Nintendo Sony
Console Nintendo-3DS-AquaOpen.png PlayStation Vita illustration.svg
Release dates Nintendo 3DS

JP 26 February 2011
EU 25 March 2011
NA 27 March 2011
AUS 31 March 2011
Nintendo 3DS XL JP 28 July 2012
EU 28 July 2012
NA 19 August 2012
AUS 23 August 2012

All versions

JP 17 December 2011
EU 22 February 2012
NA 22 February 2012
AUS 23 February 2012

Launch prices Nintendo 3DS
  • ¥25,000
  • US$249.99[31]
  • £/€, set by individual retailers[32]
  • A$349.95[33]

Nintendo 3DS XL

  • ¥18,900
  • US$199.99
  • £/€, set by individual retailers
  • A$249.9
Wi-Fi
  • ¥24,980
  • $249
  • €249
  • £229.99

Wi-Fi+3G

  • ¥29,980
  • $299
  • €299
  • £279.99[34]
2013 prices Nintendo 3DS
  • $169.99[35]
  • €169.99
  • ¥15,000[36]
  • A$249.99[36] (as of 12 August 2011)

Nintendo 3DS XL
Same as launch prices

Wi-Fi
  • ¥19,980

Same as launch prices
Wi-Fi+3G

  • ¥19,980

Same as launch prices

Units shipped Worldwide: 31.09 million (as of 31 March 2013)[13] Worldwide: 2.2 million (as of 30 June 2012)[37]
Best-selling game Super Mario 3D Land, 8.29 million units (as of 31 March 2013)[14] N/A
Display Top:
Autostereoscopic (3D) LCD 800 × 240 px (400 × 240 px per eye)
  • 3.53 in (90 mm) (Nintendo 3DS)
  • 4.88 in (124 mm) (Nintendo 3DS XL)

Bottom:

2D LCD Touchscreen 320 × 240 px QVGA
  • 3.02 in (77 mm) (Nintendo 3DS)
  • 4.18 in (106 mm) (Nintendo 3DS XL)
5 in (130 mm) OLED 960 × 544 px[38]
3D enabled Yes No
CPU Dual-core ARM11 MPCore Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore[38][39]
GPU Digital Media Professionals PICA200 PowerVR SGX543MP4+[38]
Memory 128 MB FCRAM, 6 MB VRAM 512 MB RAM, 128 MB VRAM[40]
Camera One front-facing and a set of two rear-facing 3D 0.3 MP (VGA) camera sensors Front and rear 0.3 MP (VGA) camera sensors[38]
Storage

2 GB (1.5 GB usable) NAND flash internal storage
Supports up to 128GB SDXC cards, and up to 32GB SDHC cards[41]

  • 2 GB SD card included (Nintendo 3DS)
  • 4 GB SDHC card included (Nintendo 3DS XL)
No internal storage
4 GB to 32 GB of proprietary removable memory sticks
Media Nintendo 3DS Game Card (1–8 GB)
Nintendo DS Game Card (8–512 MB)
PlayStation Vita Game Card (2–4 GB)
User interface
Battery Nintendo 3DS
1300 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • 3DS Mode: 3–5 hours
  • DS Mode: 5–8 hours

Nintendo 3DS XL

1750 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • 3DS Mode: 3.5–6.5 hours
  • DS Mode: 6–10 hours

(determined by screen brightness, Wi-Fi, sound volume, and 3D effect)

All versions
2200 mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Gameplay: 3–5 hours
  • Video playback: 5 hours
  • Music: 9 hours[44]

(determined by screen brightness, Wi-Fi, sound volume, and whether 3G is active)

Connectivity
Stylus Nintendo 3DS
Extendable up to 100 mm (3.9 in) long

Nintendo 3DS XL

96 mm (3.8 in) long
N/A
Weight Nintendo 3DS
235 grams (8.3 oz)

Nintendo 3DS XL

336 grams (11.9 oz)
Wi-Fi model
260 grams (9.2 oz)

Wi-Fi+3G model

279 grams (9.8 oz)
Dimensions Nintendo 3DS
  • 134 mm (5.3 in) W
  • 74 mm (2.9 in) D
  • 22 mm (0.87 in) H

Nintendo 3DS XL

  • 156 mm (6.1 in) W
  • 93 mm (3.7 in) D
  • 22 mm (0.87 in)
All versions
  • 182 mm (7.2 in) W
  • 83.6 mm (3.29 in) D
  • 18.6 mm (0.73 in) H[38]
Online services
Nintendo Network
Accounts
  • Universal Friend Code System (Friend Card)
  • Personal Mii (one linked per account)
  • Friend List (up to 100 friends)

Social network

Miiverse

Games

Communication

Online Shop

Nintendo eShop

Entertainment

Internet Navigation

Loyalty Programs

Other Utilities

  • Parental controls
  • eManuals[26]
  • Nintendo Customer Service (video game console warranty and help/repair support)
  • Nintendo Online Store (physical products only)

System Update

Nintendo 3DS System Update
Miiverse
  • Personal Profile
  • Comunities:
    • Game/App communities
    • News communities
    • Developer's Room communities
    • Private communities (online matchmaking)
  • Share:
    • Comments
    • Drawings
    • Accomplishments
    • Tags (records/challenges)
    • In-game screenshots
    • YouTube videos
  • News Feed
  • Friend List (up to 100 friends)
  • Instant messaging
  • Notifications
Nintendo eShop

Games/Apps

Entertainment

  • Nintendo TV (Official Nintendo Magazine)
  • Short Films
  • Nintendo eShop News
  • Nintendo Direct
Sony Entertainment Network
Preloaded applications
  • Trophies
  • PlayStation Store
  • Friends
  • Party
  • Group Messaging
  • Notifications
  • Music
  • Videos
  • Photos
  • Internet Browser
  • Email
  • Maps
  • Settings
  • Content Manager
  • Remote Play
  • Cross-Controller
  • Welcome Park
  • near
Regional lockout Yes[49] No[50]
List of games List of Nintendo 3DS games List of PlayStation Vita games
Backward compatibility Nintendo Game Cards

Downloadable only

Downloadable only

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