If you’re a retrogamer like our Joni then you’d agree that a handy feature on some consoles is the ability to be backwards compatible – specifically the hardware. Simply being able to play your old games on your new console. That’s the perfect way to support RETROGAMING!
His first experience of this was when learning you could play your original PlayStation games on your brand-spanking new PlayStation 2! Some consoles go to greater effort; the most common example is the first version of the Nintendo Wii which included a full GameCube hidden inside. Just lift the flap at the top and you’d find the controller ports and memory card slots!
If there’s one thing gamers notice as they get older, it’s that the timeless systems, while altered slightly, will always win out. The biggest release of the year, Baldur’s Gate 3, is still using a digitized form of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, so there are very real skills you can take with you no matter what gaming era you prefer. Console compatibility is one thing, but as Arkane Atlas shows in its writings about game systems and lore, player compatibility can serve you forever.
THE GAMING CONSOLE TABLE
But then there is also another handy feature on home consoles worth mentioning – being able to play foreign imports. Now some gamers like to modify their consoles (this was called being “chipped” in the old days) and make them do all sorts of tricks but for those of us clean-living types – who still keep the box the console came in – it’s good to know which of the major consoles released in the UK, are region free? Well looky here:
|Nintendo Entertainment System||1986||PAL||None|
|SEGA Master System||1987||PAL||None|
|SEGA Mega Drive||1988||PAL||None|
|Super Nintendo Entertainment System||1992||PAL||Game Boy, Game Boy Color (with adaptor)|
|Sony PlayStation 1||1994||PAL||None|
|Nintendo Game Boy Color||1998||Free||Game Boy|
|Sony PlayStation 2||2000||PAL||PlayStation 1|
|Nintendo GameCube||2001||PAL||Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance (with adaptor)|
|Nintendo Game Boy Advance||2001||Free||Game Boy, Game Boy Color|
|Microsoft Xbox 360||2005||PAL||Xbox|
|Nintendo DS||2005||Free||Game Boy Advance|
|Sony PlayStation Portable||2005||Free||None|
|Sony PlayStation 3||2006||Free||PlayStation 1|
|Nintendo Wii U||2012||PAL||Wii|
|Sony PlayStation Vita||2012||Free||None|
|Microsoft Xbox One||2013||Free||Xbox, Xbox 360|
|Sony PlayStation 4||2013||Free||None|
|Microsoft Xbox Series X||2020||Free||Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One|
|Sony PlayStation 5||2020||Free||PlayStation 4|
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