The longest console life cycles

Technology, a banner which gaming marches under, is constantly evolving and improving. So much so that we know in 4 or 5 years time we will be packing away our PlayStation 4s and scratching cash together for a PS5.

While it’s necessary to always improve when and where we can, it is sad to say goodbye to our old consoles and the friends we made while playing their games.

It is with a tear in our eye that we remember these consoles, and admire how long they lived for.

Sega Dreamcast: 1998 – 2007 (9 years)

The Sega Dreamcast was a big hit in Japan – so big, in fact, that the company sold refurbished consoles until 2006, and only stopped repairing them in 2007. This gave the Sega Dreamcast a lifespan of 9 years.

The Dreamcast competed against the likes of the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube.

PlayStation 2: 2000 – 2013 (13 years)

It is not surprising that the PS2 lasted 13 years – it was an epic console. Here in SA you can still find PS2 games for sale, and there is no shortage of consoles on the market.

The PlayStation 2 competed against the Xbox and GameCube in its time.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System: 1989 – 2003 (14 years)

The SNES was introduced in 1989 and officially released in 1990. It was Nintendo’s second console, and went on to be the most successful 16-bit console in history.

After production of the console ceased in 1999, the SNES survived for another three years as retailers continued to sell refurbished units.



Nintendo Entertainment System: 1983-2003 (20 years)

The Nintendo Entertainment System is not only the longest-lasting Nintendo console, but was the biggest 8-bit video game machine in history.

Revealed in 1983, it took a while for the NES to become a hit across the globe. For example, Australia only officially got the console 1987. Although Nintendo has stopped making the NES, it is still possible to get your hands on a console today.

Personal Computer: 1406 – Present (608 years)

Of course, the longest life cycle for a system that plays video games must go to the PC. Invented in 1406 as a means to calculate odds for betting on jousting matches and finding pretty pictures of young maidens, the PC has been a faithful gaming tool since its inception and is still going strong.

8-bit Formula 1, Risk, that game were you were a soldier and had to walk up the screen and not stand on landmines – these titles all bring a smile to the face of PC fans. Well done PC, you outlived them all.

This one old PC man

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  • oblivionImperialGuard

    OMW…Loook llllooook…..Just look a that 52x speed CD-ROM writer. OMG!

  • Gareth Smith

    Love it…

  • DCWarHound

    Does anyone know the model of the PC in the pic?
    My grandpa had one of the very first that came out and i spend much of my youth playing games like doom and commandos on it after school.

  • Spyro Gyro

    The Dreamcast for all intents and purposes was out the door by ’01-’02. Huge hit in Japan? The only hit that mattered was to Sega’s pocket.

  • oblivionImperialGuard

    Looks like a spare part computer TBH. The monitor looks like those ones that had only Green or white colouring. Im taking a wild guess here, its a P3(Based that the Front Chassis doesnt have a TURBO button)

  • Stephen Glass

    Cool article. Anybody wanting to read the full thing can check it out on:

    www. gamesradar. com/longest-lasting-games-consoles/

  • Bl1zz4rd

    Ah yes, the delightful cream-colored PCs of old.

  • Dean Simonse

    Im still playing the latest games on my pc that I bought in 2007. Replaced the cpu ram and gpu over the years still going strong. From a E2140 at stock and x1550 in 2007 to running a Q9550 at 3.6ghz 8GB ram and a gtx670. PCs are awesome.

  • VirtualForce

    The Dreamcast is the first console I really wanted…remember walking passed this store that sold it every so often…heck, there is this cement truck I see on the road with the word Dreamcast on it, and when I see it, it makes me think of the Dreamcast…and I cry a little inside…..
    *me walks off to find a tissue*

  • Stephen Glass

    So you changed the cpu, gpu and ram- basically you changed the 3 components that are vital to performance… mobos and normal hard drives haven’t come a revolutionary way since 2007 so I’d say your pc is a modern spec system, just with an old she’ll.

  • brad coetzee

    I still have my PS2 connected and take it for a spin every few months.

  • Wurnman

    Although i am not using it now, i do have an Atari console and games at home. very much doubt i have a monitor/tv that will support it.

  • IBM-branded Pentium 3 machine, judging by the coil-corded springboard keyboard, the Model M. The chassis was a common design though, AOpen used to make and resell those to OEMs.

  • But the Personal Computer isn’t a console, neither is its use exclusively for games. Its a far stretch, to be honest.

  • The Neon Pill

    The keyboard (and possibly monitor too, I can’t quite tell) is far older than the tower box, outdating CDRWs by at least a decade. I saw keyboards like that on an IBM AT computers. Not that it wouldn’t work mind you.

  • Gareth David

    What a crap article… was expecting truthful and accurate information…

  • Vorastra

    What about the PS1? Its life cycle was just over 11 years according to the Wiki article.

  • AVJ

    My poor old Psone still plays Metal Gear Solid. Upside down,but it still works 😀

  • Stephen Glass

    Yeah. But the ps1 wasn’t listed in the article used as the reference material in compiling this one so…It probably slipped the authors mind.

  • Kaito

    Still got my PS2 for final fantasy and Persona 4 games. I am glad that some of the popular old games are now available on the new consoles.

  • DrTarr

    I still have a keyboard like that.

  • Holly Short Fowl

    Dude, PC is a part of the console wars. It was for a long time.

  • Holly Short Fowl

    Hey, Dreamcast only lasted for 3 years… it just got support for longer… not new games, but refurbishing and stuff.

    And technically Super Nintendo only had a 10 year run…

  • Bra Bean

    The NES and SuperNes is still being sold.

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