The year 2000 begins the decade that sees the main consoles begin that are still around in today’s society. Thus allowing the switch from Fifth generation to sixth generation console.
The “PS One” was brought out by Song in the year 2000, it went on to sell greater amounts than any other console throughout the rest of the year, including outselling Sony’s own “Playstation 2”.
The “Playstation 2” was released in 2000 and became the best-selling console of all time, selling over a massive 150 million units up to 2011. Directly after the release it was difficult to find ps2 Units on retailer shelves due to manufacturing delays. People were so eager to have one of these consoles that they were paying more than a thousand dollars on auction sites to receive one. Sony put little interest into the ways of online gaming and focused on more stand alone gaming methods. This became a problem when Microsoft’s Xbox released it’s Online capable Xbox. Sony later went on to release a Network Adapter in 2002 so it could compete with the popular Xbox.
After the success of the “Playstation 2” Sony decided to produce the slimline version, manufacturing and shipping problems slowed down the sales of the “PS2 slimline”. Making it sell only 6,000 units after selling 70,000 units a week before.
Through the years 2000 – 2005 Nintendo produced a whole range of handheld consoles. In 2001 the “Gamboy Advance” was released, It is the successor to the “Game Boy colour”. A study had been released to say that Nintendo had sold 81.51 million consoles world wide after 8 years of it being on the market.
In 2003 Nintendo realised the “Game Boy Advance SP”. In 2009, 43.4 million of the “Game Boy Advance” sales were from the “Game Boy Advance SP”. This console then went on to be re-released ps2 Units on retailer shelves due to manufacturing delays. People were so eager to have one of these consoles that they were paying more than a thousand dollars on auction sites to receive one aised as the “Game Boy Advance SP Mark ii” which was a slightly altered version of it’s successor. Both off these consoles were re-realised with numerous colours and different designs to try and boost sales.
After Nintendo’s success at the hand held console sales, the next thing to be manufactured by them was the “Nintendo Gamecube”, which was Nintendo’s fourth home video gaming console. It was the successor to the Nintendo 64 and predecessor to the Wii. This console was the first Nintendo console t use optic discs as it’s primary storage medium, however this sometimes created un-necessary disc errors as their was a problem with the optic pickup.
In 2001 Microsoft released the “Xbox” it was Microsoft’s first input into the gaming console market there was a few problems with getting it out to the public as Microsoft repeatedly delayed the console. When Bill Gates (Microsoft CEO) unveiled the Xbox at a Gaming Conference in 2000, audiences were amazed at the level of technology used in making this gaming console as Xbox featured a built-in Hard Disc Drive used for storing saved games and downloaded “Xbox” content which meant there were no use for memory cards.
In conclusion the years through 2000-2010 were important years for the main console manufacturers that are still around now. Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo produced sixth generation consoles that allowed for the change in which audiences play by adding more visually stimulating and detailed games.