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The seventh generation of video game consoles began in 2005. The seventh generation began on November 22, 2005 with the release of the Xbox 360. The PlayStation 3 was released on November 11, 2006. The Wii was released on November 19, 2006. Each new console introduced a new type of breakthrough in technology. The Xbox 360 had games at HD resolutions. The PlayStation 3 included FHD gaming, HD movie playback and a built-in 3D Blu-ray disc player. The Wii's controllers had movement sensors as well as joysticks.

Sony released the PlayStation Move in September 2010. This was to compete with Nintendo's other motion controllers. Microsoft released the Kinect. The Kinect does not use any controllers and makes the users the "controller". Kinect sold 8 million unites in its first 60 days. The Guinness World Record named it the "fastest selling consumer electronic device". The Xbox 360's controllers are wired. However, the PlayStation 3 controllers can be used wired or wirelessly. The first handheld game consoles was the Nintendo DS.

Video game systems[change | edit source]

Comparison[change | edit source]

Name Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 Wii
Logo
Xbox 360 logo.svg
PlayStation 3 Logo neu.svg
Wii.svg
Manufacturer Microsoft Sony Nintendo
Image

Xbox 360 Elite, Xbox 360 S with controller

60 GB PS3, 120 GB "slim" PS3 with controller

Wii with Wii Remote

Release dates NA 16 November 2005
EU 2 December 2005
JP 10 December 2005
AUS 23 March 2006
More...
JP 11 November 2006
NA 17 November 2006
PAL 23 March 2007
More...
NA 19 November 2006
JP 2 December 2006
AUS 7 December 2006
EU 8 December 2006
More...
United States launch prices

US$299.99 (Core) (discontinued)
US$399.99 (Premium – 20 GB) (discontinued)
US$249.99 (Premium – 60 GB) (discontinued)
US$479.99 (Elite) (120 GB) (discontinued)
US$299.99 (Arcade – 256 MB internal memory) (discontinued)
US$199.99 (Arcade – 512 MB internal memory) (discontinued)
US$299.99 ("Super Elite") (250 GB) (discontinued)
US$399.99 (Xbox 360 S – 250 GB + Kinect)
US$299.99 (Xbox 360 S – 250 GB)
US$299.99 (Xbox 360 S – 4 GB internal memory + Kinect)
US$199.99 (Xbox 360 S – 4 GB internal memory)

US$499.99 (20 GB)[1] (discontinued)
US$599.99 (60 GB)[1] (discontinued)
US$499.99 (2nd gen 80 GB)[2][3] (discontinued)
US$399.99 (40 GB)[4] (discontinued)
US$399.99 (3rd gen 80 GB) (discontinued)
US$499.99 (160 GB) (discontinued)
US$299.99 (120 GB "Slim") (discontinued)
US$249.99 (160 GB "Slim")[5]
US$349.99 (250 GB "Slim")[6] (discontinued)
US$299.99 (320 GB "Slim") (discontinued)

US$249.99 (white console with Wii Sports included) (discontinued)
US$199.99 (white console or black console with Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Wii MotionPlus included; red console packaged with Wii Sports and New Super Mario Bros. Wii)[7] (discontinued)
US$149.99 (white console or black console with Mario Kart Wii and Wii Remote Plus, removes GameCube support) (discontinued)
US$99.99 (Wii Mini, black and red console with red Wii Remote and Nunchuk, no pack-in game, removes online game support)[8]

Japan launch prices

¥27,800 (Arcade 256 MB internal memory) (discontinued)
¥27,800 (Arcade 512 MB internal memory) (discontinued)
¥29,000 (Core) (discontinued)
¥39,795 (Premium) (20 GB) (discontinued)
¥29,800 (Premium) (60 GB) (discontinued)
¥47,800 (Elite) (discontinued)

¥49,980 (20 GB)[1] (discontinued)
¥59,980 (60 GB) (discontinued)
¥39,980 (40 GB)[9] (discontinued)
¥49,980 (80 GB) (discontinued)
¥39,980 (3rd gen 80 GB)[1] (discontinued)

¥25,000 (white console)
¥25,000 (black console)[10]
¥33,000 (black console with Monster Hunter Tri and Classic Controller Pro included)[11]

Europe launch prices

€179/ £199.99 (Arcade 256 MB internal memory) (discontinued)
€179 / £199.99 (Arcade 512 MB internal memory) (discontinued)
€299.99 / £209.99 (Core) (discontinued)
€399.99 / £279.99 (Premium) (discontinued)
£299.99 (Elite) (discontinued)
€249.99 / £199.99 (Xbox 360 S – 250 GB)[12]
€199.99 / £149.99 (Xbox 360 S – 4 GB)[13]

€399.99 / £299.99 (40 GB) (discontinued)
€599.99 / £424.99 (60 GB) (discontinued)
€399.99 / £299.99 (3rd gen 80 GB) (discontinued)
€299.99 / £249.99 (120 GB "Slim") (discontinued)
€249.99 / £249.99 (160 GB "Slim") £184.99 (12 GB "Super Slim") £249.99 (500 GB "Super Slim")

€249.99 / £179.99 (white console with Wii Sports included)
€199.99 / £179.99 (black console with Wii Sports Resort and Wii MotionPlus included)[14]
€149.99 / £179.99 (white console with Wii Sports and Wii Party included)

Media DVD-DL Blu-ray Disc Wii Optical Disc (proprietary DVD-DL)
Best-selling game Kinect Adventures (pack-in with Kinect peripheral), 24 million[15]

Best selling non-bundled game: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, 14.23 million[16]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, 12.04 million[17] Wii Sports (pack-in, except in Japan), 76.76 million[18]

Best selling non-bundled game: Mario Kart Wii (28.23 million)[19]

CPU 3.2 GHz IBM PowerPC tri-core codenamed "Xenon" Cell Broadband Engine (3.2 GHz Power Architecture-based PPE with seven 3.2 GHz SPEs) 729 MHz PowerPC based IBM "Broadway"[20]
GPU 500 MHz codenamed "Xenos" (ATI custom design) 550 MHz RSX 'Reality Synthesizer'[21] (based on NVIDIA G70 architecture)[22] 243 MHz ATI "Hollywood"
Memory

512 MB GDDR3 @ 700 MHz shared between CPU & GPU
10 MB EDRAM GPU frame buffer memory

256 MB XDR @ 3.2 GHz
256 MB GDDR3 @ 700 MHz

24 MB "internal" 1T-SRAM integrated into graphics package
64 MB "external" GDDR3 SDRAM
3 MB GPU frame buffer memory

Dimensions

Original: 310 × 80 × 260 mm (12.2 × 3.2 × 10.2 in)[23]
Xbox 360S: 270 × 75 × 264 mm (10.6 × 3.0 × 10.4 in)[24]

Original: 325 × 98 × 274 mm (12.8 × 3.9 × 10.8 in)[25]
Slim: 290 × 65 × 290 mm (11.4 × 2.6 × 11.4 in)[26]

4.4 × 16 × 21.5 cm (1,513.6 cm3) / 1.7 × 6.3 × 8.5 in (92.4 in3)[source?]

Weight

Original: 3.5 kg (7.7 lb)[23]
Xbox 360S: 2.9 kg (6.4 lb)[24]

Original: 5 kg (11 lb)[25][27]
Slim (2009): 3.2 kg (7.1 lb)[26]
Slim (2011): 2.6 kg (5.7 lb)[28]
Super Slim (2012): 2.08 kg (4.6 lb) [29]

1.2 kg (2.6 lb)[30]

Included accessories[a]
  • Controller:
    • Wired (Core model only)
    • Wireless controller (all models except Core)[note 1]
  • Wired headset (all models except Core, Arcade and 4 GB Xbox 360 S consoles)
  • AV cable:
    • Composite AV cable (all models except Pro/Premium and pre-Sept 2009 Elite)
    • Component HD AV cable (Pro/Premium and pre-Sept 2009 Elite only)[note 2]
  • Ethernet cable (Pro/Premium and pre-Sept 2009 Elite only)
  • HDMI cable and audio adapter (pre-Sept 2009 Elite only)
  • Removable storage:
    • Various removable hard disk drives, size dependent on SKU (all models except Core, Arcade and 4 GB Xbox 360 S consoles)
    • 256 MB Memory Unit (some Arcade models only, later replaced with on-board (non-removable) storage)

^note 1 250 GB "Super Elite" consoles come with 2 Wireless controllers. 320 GB Xbox 360 S consoles come with a "transforming d-pad" controller.
^note 2 replaced with the D-Terminal HD AV Cable (D 端子 HD AV ケーブル?) in Japan

Accessories (retail)

see Xbox 360 accessories

see PlayStation 3 accessories

Controller[b]
User interface Xbox 360 Dashboard
New Xbox Experience (NXE)
Twist Control*

*Twist Control is the unconfirmed name[source?] of the dashboard released on 6 December 2011 using Microsoft Metro (design language).
XrossMediaBar (XMB) Wii Menu
System software
features
Backward compatibility 465 Selected Xbox games (as of November 2007). Additions made with software updates. Hard drive required. The first generation model is backwards compatible with PS1 and PS2 titles through the inclusion of the Emotion Engine and Graphics Synthesizer chips.[35]

The second generation model offers less backward compatibility for PS2 titles. Owing to only featuring the Graphics Synthesizer, and having to emulate the CPU.[36]
Third and later generation models dropped support for all PS2 titles.[37]

Supports all Nintendo GameCube software and most accessories.

The "Family Edition" model drops support for GameCube games.[38]

Online servicesd Xbox Live
Xbox Live Arcade
Xbox Live Marketplace
Xbox Live Vision (webcam), headset
Xbox Live Video Marketplace
Windows Live Messenger
Internet Explorer (Xbox Live Gold required)
VideoKinect (Kinect sensor is needed)
Remote Play
PlayStation Network
PlayStation Store
Internet browser (Flash enabled)
Video chat using PlayStation Eye camera or other USB webcam
What's New
PlayStation Home
Life with PlayStation
Facebook
PlayStation Plus
Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
WiiConnect24
Internet Channel (web browser)
News Channel
Forecast Channel
Everybody Votes Channel
Wii Shop Channel
Check Mii Out Channel
Nintendo Channel
Wii no Ma (Japan only)
Wii Speak Channel (Available only with purchase of Wii Speak)
Food Delivery Channel (Japan only)
TV Guide Channel (Japan only)
Today and Tomorrow Channel (Japan and UK only)
Everybody Loves Theatre Channel (Japan only)
Homebrew Channel (Non-official software)
Video and entertainment services

4oD* (UK Only; Xbox Live Gold required)
AT&T U-verse (North America only, separate subscription required)
BBC iPlayer (UK Only)
blinkbox* (UK Only; Xbox Live Gold required)
Canal+ (FR Only(?); Xbox Live Gold required, separate subscritpion required)
CanalSat (FR Only(?); Xbox Live Gold required, separate subscritpion required)
CanalPlay (FR Only(?); Xbox Live Gold required, separate subscritpion required)
Dailymotion* (Xbox Live Gold required)
Demand 5* (UK Only; Xbox Live Gold required)
ESPN (North America only, Xbox Live Gold subscription required)
Foxtel (Australia only, Xbox Live Gold subscription required)
Hulu Plus (North America only, separate subscription required)
Last.fm
LoveFilm (UK only, separate subscription required)
MSN*
MUZU TV* (UK Only; Xbox Live Gold required)
Netflix (North America, UK and Republic of Ireland only, separate subscription required)
PLUS 7 (Australia only)
Sky Go* (UK Only; Xbox Live Gold and separate subscription required)
Telus Optik TV (Canada only, separate subscription required)
Vodafone Casa TV (Portugal only, separate subscription required)
YouTube* (Xbox Live Gold required)
Zune

*"Twist Control" update is needed. See 'User Interface'

4oD (UK only, via internet browser)[39]
ABC iview (Australia only)
Amazon Instant Video North America only
Access (UK only)
BBC iPlayer (UK only)[40]
Crackle
Crunchyroll (North America only)
Hulu Plus (North America only, separate subscription required)
ITV/STV/UTV Player (UK only, via internet browser)[39]
Laugh Factory Live (North America only)
LoveFilm (UK only, separate subscription required)[41]
MLB.tv (North America only, separate subscription required)[42]
MUBI (Europe only, separate subscription required)[43]
Music Unlimited (separate subscription required)[44]
Neon Alley (North America only)
NHL Gamecenter (North America only, separate subscription required)
NHL Sunday Ticket (North America only, separate subscription required)
Netflix (North America, UK and Republic of Ireland only, separate subscription required)[45]
PLUS 7 (Australia only)
Qore (North America only)
SEC Digital Network (North America only, separate subscription required)
TVNZ ondemand (New Zealand only, via internet browser)[46]
Video Unlimited (separate subscription required)
VidZone (Europe, Australia & New Zealand only)
Vudu (separate subscription required) YouTube (North America only)

BBC iPlayer (UK only)

Hulu Plus (North America only, separate subscription required)
Kirby TV (Europe only)
Netflix (North America, UK and Republic of Ireland, separate subscription and Internet Channel required)[45]
Nintendo Channel
Television Friend Channel (Japan only)
Wii no Ma (Japan only, It ceased operations on 30 April 2012)
YouTube

Consumer programmability Development on PC with XNA Game Studio ($99/year subscription, binary distribution with XNA 1.0 Refresh)[47] Featured development on console (excluding RSX graphics acceleration) via free Linux platform or PC (excluding all Slim models and any console updated to firmware 3.21 and later) WiiWare
Homebrew Channel (Non-official software)
I/O

IrDA-compliant infrared for remote
2 Memory Card slots*
3 USB 2.0 ports**
1 Ethernet port

*Discontinued on Slim models
**5 USB 2.0 ports on Slim models

Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
4 USB 2.0 ports*
1 1000BASE-T section of Gigabit Ethernet|Gigabit Ethernet port
1 Memory Stick slot Pro/Duo**
1 SD/mini SD port**
1 Compact Flash port**

*2 USB 2.0 ports on 3rd gen and 4th gen (slim) models
**60 GB and 2nd gen 80 GB models only

Bluetooth 2.0
2 USB 2.0 ports
Four controller and two memory card ports (GameCube)
1 SD(HC) Card slot[48][49]

Optical media 12× DVD (65.6–132 Mbit/s), CD BD-ROM (72 Mbit/s), 8× DVD, 24× CD, 2× SACD*
*Compatibility removed in 3rd & 4th gen models
Wii Optical Disc, Nintendo GameCube Game Disc (DVD-Video playback was announced for Japan in 2007, but has not been released)[50]
Video outputs HDMI 1.2a (on models manufactured after August 2007),[51] VGA (RGBHV),[52] Component/D-Terminal (YPBPR), SCART (RGBS), S-Video, Composite HDMI 1.3a, Component/D-Terminal (YPBPR), SCART (RGBS), S-Video, Composite Component/D-Terminal (YPBPR), SCART (RGBS), S-Video, Composite
Resolutions HDTV-capable (480i, 480p, 576i (50 Hz), 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p)
Various monitor resolutions available via VGA and HDMI/DVI (640×480, 848×480, 1024×768, 1280×720, 1280×768, 1280×1024, 1360×768, 1440×900, 1680×1050 & 1920×1080)
HDTV-capable (480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p) EDTV-capable (480i, 480p, 576i)
Audio Dolby Digital, WMA Pro, DTS*, DTS-ES*
*(DVD and HD DVD movies only)
Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus*, Dolby TrueHD*, DTS-HD Master Audio*, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio*,[53] DTS-ES‡, DTS 96/24‡, DTS-ES Matrix[54]
*DVD and Blu-ray movies only.
‡DVD movies only.
†Blu-ray movies only.
Dolby Pro Logic II surround, stereo sound and an additional Mono speaker is built into the controller.
Network 100BASE-TX Ethernet
Optional 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter (Built in with the Slim models)
10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T section of Gigabit Ethernet|1000BASE-T Ethernet
Built-in 802.11 b/g Wi-fi (all models except 20 GB)
Built-in 802.11 b/g Wi-fi
Optional Ethernet via USB adapter
Storage Included/Optional* detachable SATA upgradeable 20 GB, 60 GB, 120 GB,250 GB or 320 GB hard drive.
Xbox 360 memory cards
USB mass storage
Cloud storage (512MB) (Xbox Live Gold subscription required)

*Premium version includes 20 GB or 60 GB HDD, Elite includes 120 GB HDD, and all HDDs are available for separate purchase.

2.5-inch upgradeable SATA hard drive (upgradeable with any 2.5-inch SATA 1.0 compliant HDD or SSD).
Memory Stick, SD, & Type I/II CompactFlash / Microdrive*
USB mass storage
Cloud storage (2GB) (PlayStation Plus subscription required)
*60 GB and 2nd gen 80 GB models only
512 MB built-in flash memory
SD card (up to 32 GB with 4.0 software)

Nintendo GameCube Memory Cards
The Wii Remote contains a 16 KiB EEPROM chip from which a section of 6 kilobytes can be freely read and written (used to store up to 10 Miis).

Integrated 3DTV support[c] Yes Yes No

Worldwide Sales[change | edit source]

Console Units sold worldwide Units sold to customers in Australia Units sold to customers in Canada Units sold to customers in Japan Units sold to customers in the US Units sold to customers in Europe
Wii 99.84 million[55]

(as of 31 March 2013)

2 million[56]
(as of October 2010)
2 million[57]
(as of 16 December 2009)
12.71 million[55]
(as of 31 March 2013)
39 million[58]
(as of 28 February 2011)
25 million[59]
(as of December 2010)
PlayStation 3 70 million[60] 1.2 million[61]
(as of 31 December 2010)
1.5 million[62]
(as of 6 October 2010)
10 million[63]
(as of 11 April 2010)
15.4 million[59]
(as of December 2010)
14.7 million[59]
(as of December 2010)
Xbox 360 75.9 million[64]
(as of December 31,  2012 (2012 -12-31))
1 million[65]
(as of 20 April 2010 and include sales from New Zealand)
870,000[66]
(as of 31 July 2008)
1.5 million[67]
(as of 28 February 2010)
25.4 million[59]
(as of December 2010)
13.7 million[59]
(as of December 2010)
Total 237.4 million 4.2 million 4.4 million 24.0 million 79.8 million 53.4 million

Handheld systems[change | edit source]

Handheld comparison[change | edit source]

Name Nintendo DS / DS Lite / DSi / DSi XL PSP-1000 series / PSP-2000 Series / PSP-3000 Series / PSP Go / PSP-E1000 series
Manufacturer Nintendo Sony
Console Nintendo-DS-Fat-Blue.jpg Nintendo-DS-Lite-Black-Open.jpg Nintendo-DSi-Bl-Open.jpg Nintendo-DSi-XL-Burg.jpg


Pictured left to right: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DS Lite, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL

Psp-1000.jpg PSP-2000.jpg PSP-3000-Silver.jpgPSPGo - Piano Black.png


Pictured left to right: PSP-1000 series, PSP-2000 series, PSP-3000 series, PSP Go

Release dates
Nintendo DS: NA 21 November 2004
JP 2 December 2004
AUS 24 February 2005
EU 11 March 2005
Nintendo DS Lite: JP 21 March 2006
AUS 1 June 2006
NA 11 June 2006
EU 23 June 2006
Nintendo DSi: JP 1 November 2008
AUS 2 April 2009
EU 3 April 2009
NA 5 April 2009
Nintendo DSi XL: JP 21 November 2009
EU 5 March 2010
NA 28 March 2010
AUS 15 April 2010
PSP:JP 12 December 2004
NA 24 March 2005
PAL 1 September 2005
PSP Go:NA/EU October 1, 2009JP November 1, 2009
Logos Nintendo DS Logo.svg

Nintendo DS Lite logo.svg
Nintendo DSi logo.svg
Nintendo DSi XL logo.svg

PSP Logo.svg

PSP Go logo.svg

Launch prices DS:
Japan: ¥15,000
North America: US$149.99
Europe: €149.99
UK: £99.99

DS Lite:

Japan: ¥24,800 (¥26,040 tax incl.)[68]
North America: US$129.99 / C$299.99[69]
Europe: €249[69]
UK: £179.99
PSP-1000 series Pack:
Japan: ¥19,800 (¥20,790 tax incl.)[70]
North America: US$199.99 / C$229.99[71]
Europe: €199.99[72]
UK: £179.99

PSP-2000 series Core Pack:

Japan: ¥19,800[73]
North America: US$169.99 / C$199.99[74]
Europe: €169 / £129.99[75][76]
UK: £129.99

PSP-3000 series:

North America: US$169.99 (core package), US$199.99 (bundle package)

PSP Go (PSP-N1000): US$249.99

Media Nintendo DS Game Card, Game Boy Advance cartridge (DS, DS Lite only), SD(HC) Card (DSi only) Universal Media Disc (UMD) (PSP-1000, PSP-2000, PSP-3000 and PSP-E1000 series only), Memory Stick Duo (PSP-1000, PSP-2000, PSP-3000 series only), Memory Stick Micro(M2), Flash memory (PSP Go only), Content delivery via PSN (All)
Best-selling game New Super Mario Bros., 29.09 million, all versions combined (as of 31 March 2012)[77]
Nintendogs, 23.64 (as of 31 March 2011)[77]
Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G, 2.7 million (as of January 2009)[78]
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories 2.7 million (as of 26 November 2008)[79][80][81]
Included accessories and extras
  • Launch model DS: Stylus, wrist strap, Metroid Prime Hunters demo (not in Japan)
  • DS Lite: Stylus, wrist strap (Japan only)
  • PSP-1000 Value Pack: PSP Case, Hand Strap, 32 MB Memory Stick Pro Duo, Headphones with Remote control
Accessories
(retail)
CPU DS and DSL: 67 MHz ARM9 and 33 MHz ARM7
DSi: 133 MHz ARM9 and 33 MHz ARM7
MIPS R4000-based; clocked from 1 to 333 MHz (2 of these)
Memory DS and DSL: 4 MB SRAM
DSi: 16 MB
EDRAM (5 MB reserved for kernel, 3 for music)
PSP-1000: 32 MB
PSP-2000, PSP-3000, PSP Go: 64 MB
Interface
  • D-pad
  • Six face buttons
  • Two shoulder buttons
  • Touch screen
  • Microphone
  • 0.3 Megapixel camera & VGA camera (DSi only)
  • D-pad
  • Six face buttons
  • Two shoulder buttons
  • "Home" button ("PS" button on PSP-3000, PSP-E1000 and PSP Go)
  • Analog nub
  • Microphone (PSP-3000 and PSP Go Only)
Dimensions DS: 148.7 × 84.7 × 28.9 mm (5.85 × 3.33 × 1.13 inches)
DS Lite: 133 × 73.9 × 21.5 mm (5.24 × 2.9 × 0.85 inches)
PSP 1000: 74 mm (2.9 in) (h) 170 mm (6.7 in) (w) 23 mm (0.91 in) (d)
PSP Slim & Lite:71.4 mm (2.81 in) (h) 169.4 mm (6.67 in) (w) 18.6 mm (0.73 in) (d)
PSP Go: 69 mm (2.7 in) (h) 128 mm (5.0 in) (w) 16.5 mm (0.65 in) (d)
Weight
DS: 275 g (9.7 oz)
DSL: 218 g (7.7 oz)
DSi: 214 g (7.5 oz)
DSi XL: 314 g (11.1 oz)
PSP 1000: 280 g (9.9 oz)
PSP Slim & Lite 189 g (6.7 oz)
PSP Go: 158 g (5.6 oz)
Online service Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, DSi Shop (DSi only), DSi camera(DSi only), DSi sound(DSi only), Internet browser(DSi only), Flipnote studio(DSi only), Facebook(DSi XL only) PlayStation Network, RSS reader, Skype (PSP-2000 series, PSP-3000 series and PSP Go only), PlayStation Store

Internet browser, Digital comics, Remote Play

Backward compatibility Game Boy Advance (DS, DS Lite only) PlayStation (downloadable PSone Classics only), PlayStation 3 (through Remote Play)
System software Nintendo DS Menu (DS, DS Lite), Nintendo DSi Menu (DSi) XrossMediaBar (XMB)
Consumer programmability See Nintendo DS homebrew See PlayStation Portable homebrew
Resolutions 256 × 192 (both screens) 480 × 272
Network Wi-Fi 802.11b, Wi-Fi 802.11g (DSi only, only functions with DSi-specific software), wireless ad-hoc with other DS units and Nintendo Wii Wi-Fi 802.11b (PSP-1000, PSP-2000, PSP-3000 and PSP Go only), IrDA (PSP-1000 series only), Bluetooth (PSP Go only), wireless ad-hoc with other PSP units and PS3
Audio Stereo speakers, headphone jack Stereo speakers, headphone jack
I/O 1 Nintendo DS Game Card slot
1 GBA slot (DS, DS Lite only)
1 SD(HC) card slot (DSi Only)
UMD drive (PSP-1000, PSP-2000, PSP-3000 and PSP-E1000 series only)
1 USB device port (proprietary connector on PSP Go, mini-b connector on other models)
1 Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo slot (Memory Stick Micro (M2) on PSP Go)
1 IrDA (PSP-1000 series only)
Storage Nintendo DS Game Card, SD(HC) card (DSi only) Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo (Memory Stick Micro (M2) on PSP Go), 16 GB flash memory (PSP Go only)
Battery life DS, backlight on: 14 hours
DS Lite, minimum brightness setting: 15–19 hours[82]
DSi, minimum brightness setting: 9–14 hours[82]
MP3 playback: 10 hours
Game: approximately 3–6 hours
Video playback: 3–7 hours depending on screen brightness setting
Wi-Fi internet browsing: approximately 3–4 hours
Units sold (all models combined) Worldwide: 153.87 million (as of 31 March 2013)[55]

Japan: 32.99 million (as of 31 March 2013)[55]
United Kingdom: 8.8 million (as of 3 January 2009)[83]
United States: 28 million (as of 31 January 2009)[84]
Australia: 3 million (as of December 2010)[85]

Worldwide: 71.4 million (as of 13 September 2011)[86]

Japan: 11,078,484 (as of 28 December 2008)[87][88][88]
United Kingdom: 3.2 million (as of 3 January 2009)[83]
United States: 10.47 million (as of 1 January 2008)[89][90][91]
Australia: 675,000 (as of 31 December 2010)[61]

Note: First year of release is the first year of the system's worldwide availability.

Other systems[change | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Release date Notes
EVO Smart Console Envizions 2006 Can be considered as a Media PC
Zeebo Zeebo Inc. 2009 Sold in Mexico, Brazil and India only
HyperScan Mattel 2006 Designed for children's use
Game Wave Family Entertainment System ZAPiT Games 2005 Family-friendly built-in games

Handhelds[change | edit source]

Name Manufacturer Release date Notes
CAANOO GamePark Holdings 16 August 2010 Runs emulators
Fusion: 30-In-1 Portable Arcade Jungle Soft 2010? Built-in games
GP2X Wiz GamePark Holdings 12 May 2009
Leapster2 LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. 2008 Educational games
Mi2 / PDC Touch Planet Interactive/Conny Technology/Videojet November 2009 – Benelux, China, France,
Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Portugal
Many built-in games
Pandora OpenPandora May 2010 Runs on Linux and designed for homebrew
Pelican VG Pocket Pelican Accessories August 2006
Released in China only
Name Manufacturer Release date
Dingoo A320 Shenzhen Dingoo Digital Co., Ltd. March 2009
Ez MINI Mitac or Mio 2005
Gemei X760+ Gemei 2009
LetCool N350JP 2011
Released in South Korea only
Name Manufacturer Release date
GP2X GamePark Holdings 10 November 2005

Popular games[change | edit source]

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