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. Microsoft announced the Xbox One on May 21, 2013. It is expected to be released at the end of 2013. 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. Because of this, some analysts believe the eight generation will be the last generation of home consoles. Other consoles such as the NVIDIA Shield, Steam Box, Ouya and GameStick are attempting to compete in this market.
Systems[change | change source]
Comparison[change | change source]
|Name||Wii U||PlayStation 4||Xbox One|
||November 15, 2013||NA: November 22, 2013
EU: November 22, 2013 (some countries, September 2, 2014, for others)
AU: November 22, 2013
BR: November 22, 2013
JP: September 4, 2014
CN: September 29, 2014
|Launch prices||Basic Model
|US$399.99, €399.99, £349.99||US$499/€499/£429/JP¥49,980/CN¥3,699|
|Units shipped||Worldwide: 3.45 million (as of 31 March 2013)||N/A||N/A|
|Best-selling game||Nintendo Land, 2.6 million units (as of 31 March 2013)||N/A||N/A|
|Media||Wii U Optical Disc @ 22.5MB/s
25 GB (single layer)
|Blu-ray, DVD||Blu-ray, DVD|
|CPU||Tri-Core IBM PowerPC "Espresso"||Octa-Core AMD "Jaguar"||Octa-Core AMD|
|GPU||AMD Radeon "Latte" GPGPU @ 550 MHz||Custom AMD Radeon, architecture and performance similar to a Radeon 7870 @ 800 MHz||Custom AMD Radeon, architecture and performance similar to a Radeon 7790 @ 800 MHz|
|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
|HDD with unconfirmed capacity||500 GB HDD|
† Resolutions other than 576i and 480i available via HDMI and YPBPR only.
† Resolutions other than 576i and 480i available via HDMI only.
|Integrated 3DTV support||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Second screen||Off-TV Play||Remote Play||SmartGlass|
|PlayStation Network||Xbox Live|
|Games can be shared/resold without a fee||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Requires an Internet connection||No||No||No|
|List of games||List of Wii U games||List of PlayStation 4 games||List of Xbox One games|
|Backward compatibility||Nintendo optical discs
Not compatible with PlayStation 3 titles due to hardware incompatibility; other systems unannounced
Gaikai cloud streaming (not at launch)
|Compatible with some Xbox 360 titles|
Handheld consoles[change | change source]
Handheld comparison[change | change source]
|Name||Nintendo 3DS / 3DS XL||PlayStation Vita|
|Release dates||Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 3DS XL
|Launch prices||Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 3DS XL
|2013 prices||Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 3DS XL
Same as launch prices
Same as launch prices
|Units shipped||Worldwide: 31.09 million (as of 31 March 2013)||Worldwide: 2.2 million (as of 30 June 2012)|
|Best-selling game||Super Mario 3D Land, 8.29 million units (as of 31 March 2013)||N/A|
|5 in (130 mm) OLED 960 × 544 px|
|CPU||Dual-core ARM11 MPCore||Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore|
|GPU||Digital Media Professionals PICA200||PowerVR SGX543MP4+|
|Memory||128 MB FCRAM, 6 MB VRAM||512 MB RAM, 128 MB VRAM|
|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|
||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)|
Nintendo 3DS XL
(determined by screen brightness, Wi-Fi, sound volume, and 3D effect)
(determined by screen brightness, Wi-Fi, sound volume, and whether 3G is active)
Nintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo 3DS XL
|List of games||List of Nintendo 3DS games||List of PlayStation Vita games|
|Backward compatibility||Nintendo Game Cards
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