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Microsoft marched into the console space at Game Developers Conference 2000, where Bill Gates announced that his company was developing what would be known as Xbox. Upon its release in 2001, the original Xbox brought with it features that had to that point been reserved for full-fledged gaming PCs, including a hard drive for storage. The Xbox Live network was switched on in 2002, bringing multiplayer gaming to the living room and laying the foundation for what would serve as the backbone of the console's eventual successor, Xbox 360.


The Sega Dreamcast is the successor to Sega's previous home console, the Saturn. It features a built-in 56k modem (exclusive to the US and, later on, Japanese models), and an optional VGA adapter for 480p playback on high definition televisions. Production was discontinued in 2001.

The Sony PlayStation 2 is the sequel to their original PlayStation console. It is the best-selling console in history. It features CD and DVD playback, an internal 3.5-inch hard drive slot, and an optional Ethernet adapter. A revision of the PlayStation 2 was released later under the name PlayStation 2 Slimline.

  • Status: Discontinued
  • Availability date: Nov. 15, 2001
  • Price at launch: $299.00


  • Status: Discontinued
  • Availability date: Sep. 9, 1999
  • Price at launch: $199.99
  • Status: Discontinued
  • Availability date: 10/2000
  • Price at launch: $299.99
  • Width: 12.6 inches
  • Depth: 10.24 inches
  • Height: 3.94 inches
  • Weight: 8.5 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Exterior surface: Matte


  • Width: 7.68 inches
  • Depth: 7.48 inches
  • Height: 3.07 inches
  • Weight: 4.19 pounds
  • Color: White
  • Exterior surface: Matte
  • Width: 11.9 inches
  • Depth: 7 inches
  • Height: 3.1 inches
  • Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Exterior surface: Matte
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU model: Pentium III Coppermine
  • CPU speed: 733 MHz
  • GPU brand: Nvidia
  • GPU model: NV2A
  • RAM: 64 MB


  • CPU brand: Hitachi
  • CPU model: SH-4
  • CPU speed: 200 MHz
  • GPU brand: NEC
  • GPU model: PowerVR 2DC
  • GPU ram: 8 MB
  • RAM: 16 MB
  • CPU model: Emotion Engine
  • CPU speed: 300 MHz
  • GPU model: Graphics Synthesizer
  • GPU ram: 4 MB
  • RAM: 32 MB
  • Supported resolutions: 1080i, 720p, 480p
  • Audio / Video playback: DVD, CD

Audio / Video

  • Supported resolutions: 480p, 480i
  • Audio / Video playback: CD
  • Audio / Video output: Proprietary
  • Physical controller port(s): 4
  • Controller connection: Wired
  • Ethernet: Yes


  • Audio / Video output: Proprietary
  • Physical controller port(s): 4
  • Controller connection: Wired
  • Expansion slot: Yes
  • Audio / Video output: Digital optical
  • Physical controller port(s): 2
  • Controller connection: Wired
  • Memory card port(s): 2
  • Expansion slot: Yes
  • Internal storage: 10 GB


  • External memory: Memory card
  • External memory: Memory card
  • Game media: Disc
  • Online multiplayer: Yes


  • Game media: Disc
  • Online multiplayer: Yes
  • Game media: Disc
  • Online multiplayer: Yes


  • Power supply: Integrated
  • Power supply: Integrated
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