Video game console generations

For reference and curiosity
  1. 1.
    First Generation (1972-1977)
    Notable systems: Magnavox Odyssey, Atari PONG, Coleco Telstar
  2. 2.
    Second Generation (1978-1983)
    Notable systems: Magnavox Odyssey 2, Vectrex, Mattel Intellivision, Atari 2600/5200, ColecoVision
  3. 3.
    Third Generation (1984-1986)
    Notable systems: Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Master System, Atari 7200/XEGS
  4. 4.
    Fourth Generation (1987-1993)
    Notable systems: NEC Turbo Grafx 16, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Pioneer Laser Active, SNK Neo Geo Handhelds: Nintendo GameBoy, Atari Lynx, Sega Game Gear, Turbo Express
  5. 5.
    Fifth Generation (1994-1998)
    Notable systems: Atari Jaguar, Sony Playstation, Sega Saturn, Nintendo 64, 3DO Interactive Handhelds: Sega Nomad, Nintendo GameBoy Color, Neo Geo Pocket, Game.com
  6. 6.
    Sixth Generation (1999-2003)
    Notable systems: Sony Playstation 2, Sega Dreamcast, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Gamecube Handhelds: Nintendo Gameboy Advance, Nokia N-Gage, Bandai Wonderswan Color, Neo Geo Pocket Color
  7. 7.
    Seventh Generation (2004-2010)
    Notable systems: Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii Handhelds: Nintendo DS, Playstation Portable
  8. 8.
    Eight Generation (2011-present)
    Notable systems: Sony Playstation 4, Nintendo Wii-U, Microsoft Xbox One Handhelds: Nintendo 3DS, Playstation Vita