- The Golden Age of Video Games (first and second generations, 1972-1984 note )
- The 8-bit Era of Console Video Games (third generation, 1982-1994 note )
- The 16-bit Era of Console Video Games (fourth generation, 1987-2000)
- The Fifth Generation of Console Video Games (1993-2003 note )
- The Sixth Generation of Console Video Games (1998-2011)
- The Seventh Generation of Console Video Games (2004-2013)
- The Eighth Generation of Console Video Games (2011-)
- See also Console Wars, which only tells of the competition between each console in each generation.
Useful Notes / The History of Video Games
An index for the various generations of video games, telling the development of the medium and indexing games in each generation. Fun fact, the de-facto Trope Namer for the idea of numbered console generations is Wikipedia, because they had to call the generations something.