What do you define as a retro console?

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#1 NyaDC
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How old does it have to be? Do you consider the previous generation retro? What is retro to you?

I define it as a system which is out of the current generation and no longer receiving mainstream developer support.

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#2 TJDMHEM
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retro is like in the nes days.

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#3 deactivated-57d8401f17c55
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Once a company makes a new console and stops supporting the old one in any significant way. So, I would say the Wii is the only 7th generation retro console.

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#4 ZeroOriginality
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When you say retro games, I automatically think 2D sprites and sound fx composed of beeps and boops.

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#5 Gue1
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2 gens to me is enough to call a console retro since each console gen it's what, like 5-10 years? That's a pretty long time.

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#6 MonsieurX
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PS2 is retro,so 2 gens before now

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#8 flashn00b
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Being someone who grew up with MS-DOS/Windows 9x games, i'm gonna say PSone, N64, and older.

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#9  Edited By Jag85
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2 gens ago, so up until the PS2 era.

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#10 ProtossX
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i define it as a console that people stream alot from

like nes/snes/ps1/n64

ps2 is too modern and p3 was crap

xbox and 360 will never be retro there just crap

i listed the retro ones nes/snes/ps1/n64 retro right there hipster retro

screw the rest

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#11  Edited By Boddicker
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More than 3 gens old. PS1 and back.

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#12  Edited By Seabas989
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Consoles/handhelds/PCs before the Sega Saturn.

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#13 coasterguy65
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Never really thought of any console as retro. Not a big fan of the name, sort of a little too hipster for me. There are of course classics. The 2600, Colecovision, NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Genesis, PS, and the PS2. It's too soon to call the 360 and the PS3 classic since they are still being sold. One day they will probably be considered classics though.

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#14 RossRichard
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Any console that is no longer supported by the company that made it.

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#15 trugs26
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Definitely N64/PSX era and prior. PS2/GNC/Xbox/DC generation is borderline.

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#16 freedomfreak
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Xbox 360.

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#17 ni6htmare01
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Atari 2600-SNES days

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#18  Edited By deactivated-57ad0e5285d73
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I've recently thought about this and imo I'd say it is when the technology used is past date. For example Carts are retro, and perhaps CDs too--though it is still optical.

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On Nintendo it would start with the Wii, on Sony, it would start with the PS2, and MS would start with the XBox and everything from the other companies no longer in the console market imo. Once a system no longer gets support, it is retro to me. 360 and PS3 still get new AAA games so I don't consider them retro.

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#20 Heil68
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I've gamed since Atari, but I consider Xbox and PS2 retro now.

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Two gens back, so gen 6 and below.

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#22 KingsofQueens
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Generations 1 - 6

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#23  Edited By SolidTy
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I think of Colecovision, Intellivision, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Sega Master System, NES, etc.

To me Retro is farther back, but I can see the argument for two gens and beyond (Dreamcast, PS2, SNES, Saturn, PS1, N64, Genesis, etc).

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#24 littlestreakier
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Anything system that is not in production anymore. I think you have different levels of retro systems though, like NES-N64 era usually is more highly regarded than anything after that.

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#25 inb4uall
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@RossRichard said:

Any console that is no longer supported by the company that made it.

So the Vita then?

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#26 Captainqwark10
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Before 1982.

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#27 Lionheart08
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Based on how this gen is going, I'd say anything that isn't "remastered" for a quick buck. Grim Fandango being the exception, but considering some 6th Gen games are still getting remastered, I'd say that's the cut off point.