The history of cut-down gaming consoles

История урезанных игровых консолей

Recently, Nintendo has introduced a new version of the console Switch. This time we are waiting for a Lite version of the console, which will cease to be hybrid, and will be 100% portable.

This is not the first case when Nintendo (and other companies) produce truncated versions of their game consoles, according to Tech Informant. Read more about the history of consoles that were weaker than their predecessors, told The Verge. Given an adapted translation.

Nintendo trades in such things since the 90-ies. The fact that the Japanese in 1993 released console NES-101. It was completely redesigned version of the original NES, which came out in 1985. The console got a new controller, a slot for a cartridge top load. The cost of the gadget is $50. The developers have removed the composite outputs for audio and video.

A similar situation happened with the Wii. The console has conquered the world in early 2010-ies, as she managed to add some interactivity to the usual games, forcing people to move in front of screens. Changes occurred in 2013, when Nintendo released the Wii Mini. It was completely unlike the original Wii changed the design, colors, form factor. Buy the device can be had for $100. This model is not backwards compatible with the GameCube, no Wi-Fi and a slot for an SD card, there is no way to play online games, leaving only one USB port out of the two, removed S-Video and component video outputs. Wii mini made in black and red design, comes with Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk controller red, games this model is not equipped with.

In addition, Nintendo has already released weaker options for portable consoles. So it was with the Game Boy Advance SP, which appeared in 2003. At launch, the gadget cost $100, and a year later, the Japanese lowered the price tag to $80. The console has a built-in battery, smooth volume control, headphone output (though you need an adapter). Also in the console backlight off using the special button, and the gadget supported the cartridges from the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. Along with this, gamers can connect up to 4 gaming consoles in one network with a cable.

In 2013 Nintendo released the 2DS console. This portative was a simplified version of the 3DS. The gadget has got similar hardware, similar functionality, and compatibility with software developed for Nintendo DS and 3DS. However, the 2DS is characterized by its tile form factor from a clamshell design used by its predecessors, and the absence of typical Nintendo 3DS autostereoscopic 3D display.

Something like Sony did with the first version of the PlayStation. In particular, the Japanese gradually refused a huge number of connectors. And at all we got a PSOne – console this option was a third smaller than the original console. There was also a version in which the console has already been built in LCD screen that allows you to play without connecting to the large TV.

In 2006 came the PlayStation 3. There were two models for 20 and 60 gigabytes. Over time, there is the option of 80 and 40 GB. Later Sony launched a Slim version of the console, which received 120 gigabytes of memory. Gadget was one-third smaller and lighter, and also less than one third of consumed electricity. In 2012 appeared on the market version of Super Slim. It was 20% smaller and 25% lighter than the previous version, and also received two options of memory 250 and 500 gigabytes.

PlayStation Portable Go appeared in 2009. The PSP Go has been completely redesigned body, added support for Bluetooth wireless technology, display size reduced to 3.8 inches (on previous versions of PSP 4.3 inch), and reduced weight compared to the original PSP by 43%. Along with this, Sony has removed the UMD drive, but unlike previous models, the new PSP got 16 GB of internal flash memory and supports memory card standard, Memory Stick Micro instead of Memory Stick Pro Duo. Games were downloaded from the online PlayStation store. The sliding mechanism allows you to hide the main buttons and analog stick when not needed.

The PS Vita also had several iterations. The original console came out in 2011, it came to replace the PSP. 3 years later Sony launched a Slim version of the console, which was 20% thinner and 15% lighter. The screen was replaced with a cheaper IPS LCD is a markedly deteriorated image quality. But in the new version appeared a couple of extra hours of battery life, allowing you to play up to 6 hours without a break.

The Xbox 360 went on sale in 2005. In 2013, Microsoft revealed the Xbox 360 e Console has an updated design and new connectors (3.5 mm Jack). Was also Pro-package, which installed a new motherboard and an improved cooling system, thanks to which the console is poorly heated. Also Microsoft have released the S version, which allows you to connect the Kinect camera via a special connector that does not require additional power from the power adapter.

Sales of Xbox One was launched in 2013. The S version came 3 years later. This is a more compact version of the original console. Xbox One’s 40% less than Xbox One. To reduce the size managed by reducing the number of USB ports and a reduction in the size of the IR port. Also, the developers refused from the built-in port for connecting the Kinect device – non-contact touch game controller. To the Xbox One’s Kinect users connected using a special USB adapter, which is included in the package this version of the console.

Previously, Nintendo has officially unveiled the Lite Switch. In addition, Valve launches new Steam Labs.

Learn more latest news from the world of technology and games in our Telegram channel and on Facebook.