Concept Map

Learner Description: This site is designed for Gaming Technology students. Students have been introduced to game console generations; however, the text is old and does not list the most current information in regard to the current/8th generation of consoles. This page serves to provide students an overview of 8th generation consoles currently available.

8th Generation of Gaming Consoles (2012 - current)

8th Generation Console Image External link to Wii U site. External link to Xbox One site. External link to PS4 site. The eighth generation of video game consoles is the most current generation. The eighth generation began with Nintendo’s launch of the Wii U in November 2012 and finished with the near-simultaneous launch of the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) in November 2013.

The Eighth Generation began with a bit of a rocky start, with Nintendo and Microsoft seeing reduced sales of their new consoles. Both systems, however, have seen marketable improvements in sales in recent months due to the launch of exciting game titles like: Titanfall (Xbox One) and MarioKart 8 (Wii U).

"High-Definition" Generation?

The Eighth Generation could likely be coined the “High-Definition” generation as each console released attempts to capitalize on the high-definition graphics market. While some consoles have struggled with the long-range high-definition demands of consumers, this generation will always be viewed as the generation that crossed the threshold into the realm of high-definition (regardless of how successful it was).

Console Specifications

Each console of the eighth generation is unique - seeking to create a niche in the gaming industry. The Wii U, the first console to support HD (high-definition) graphics, incorporated a touchpad controller versus the standard Wii remote controller. Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PS4 both incorporate an x86-64 microprocessor (similar to a PC microprocessor) that can handle large amounts of both physical and virtual memory (“History of video,” n.d.). Microsoft’s goal with the Xbox One is to turn their console into a full family entertainment system, not just a video game console; whereas, Sony hopes to create a more social environment with the PS4.