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The Sony PlayStation is Sony's first official foray into the world of video game consoles. Previous attempts to enter the market as a hardware supplier were postponed by broken contracts with Nintendo. The PlayStation was a disc-based console with two controllers and two memory card slots. It had the ability to play CDs and later on, CD-R discs. The original PlayStation controller had no rumble support or analog sticks. The PlayStation Dual Analog controller allowed for analog controls for supported PlayStation games. Production of the PlayStation was discontinued in 2006.

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The Nintendo 64 wasn't short on innovation when it was released, introducing 64-bit gaming to the living room and adding the now ubiquitous analog stick to its controller. Popular accessories such as the Controller Pak (memory card) and the Rumble Pak (force feedback) could be attached via the controller's rear port, and the system gained an optional hardware boost when the Expansion Pak was introduced in 1999, doubling RAM from 4 to 8 MB. The N64 would ultimately serve as the final mainstream home console to utilize cartridge-based media, as optical discs became the standard following development constraints and the retail success of Sony's PlayStation.

The Sega Saturn is a 32-bit console, and the successor to Sega's previous home console, the Genesis. It launched with the popular arcade titles Daytona USA and Virtua Fighter, and Panzer Dragoon.

  • Status: Discontinued
  • Availability date: Sep. 9, 1995
  • Price at launch: $299.00

Availability

  • Status: Discontinued
  • Availability date: Jun. 23, 1996
  • Price at launch: $199.00
  • Status: Discontinued
  • Availability date: May. 11, 1995
  • Price at launch: $399.00

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  • Alias: N64, n64
  • Codename: Project Reality
  • Codename: Aurora
  • Width: 7.6 inches
  • Depth: 5.7 inches
  • Height: 1.5 inches
  • Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Color: Gray
  • Exterior surface: Matte

Hardware

  • Width: 10.24 inches
  • Depth: 7.48 inches
  • Height: 2.87 inches
  • Weight: 2.42 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Exterior surface: Matte
  • Width: 10.2 inches
  • Depth: 9 inches
  • Height: 3.2 inches
  • Color: Black
  • CPU brand: MIPS
  • CPU model: R3051
  • CPU speed: 33.8 MHz
  • GPU ram: 1 MB
  • RAM: 2 MB

Performance

  • CPU brand: NEC
  • CPU model: VR4300
  • CPU speed: 93.75 MHz
  • GPU brand: Silicon Graphics
  • GPU model: Reality Co-Processor
  • RAM: 4 MB
  • CPU brand: Hitachi
  • CPU model: SuperH2 7604
  • CPU speed: 28.6 MHz
  • CPU cores: 2
  • Supported resolutions: 480p
  • Audio / Video playback: CD

Audio / Video

  • Audio / Video output: Component, Composite, S-Video
  • Physical controller port(s): 2
  • Controller connection: Wired
  • Memory card port(s): 2
  • Expansion slot: Yes

Ports

  • Audio / Video output: Proprietary
  • Physical controller port(s): 4
  • Controller connection: Wired
  • Memory card port(s): 4
  • Audio / Video output: Proprietary
  • Physical controller port(s): 2
  • Controller connection: Wired
  • Memory card port(s): 1
  • External memory: Memory card

Storage

  • External memory: Memory card
  • Game media: Disc

Software

  • Game media: Cartridge
  • Game media: Disc
  • Power supply: External

Power

  • Power supply: External
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