Starting with handheld consoles, the seventh generation began on November 21, 2004 with the North American introduction of the Nintendo DS as a "third pillar", alongside Nintendo's existing Game Boy Advance and Game Cube consoles.Additionally, the revised version of the NDS, the Nintendo DSi, features two built in cameras, the ability to download games from the DSi store, and a web browser.Each new console introduced a new type of breakthrough in technology.
It is estimated that video game consoles represented 25% of the world's general-purpose computational power in the year 2007.
Joining Nintendo in the motion market, Sony Computer Entertainment released the Play Station Move in September 2010.
The Play Station Portable (PSP) released later the same year on December 12, 2004, followed a different pattern.
The Play Station Move features motion sensing gaming, similar to that of the Wii.
Microsoft joined the scene in November 2010, with its Kinect (previously announced under the working title "Project Natal" in June 2009).
Unlike the other two systems (Play Station 3 and Wii), Kinect does not use controllers of any sort and makes the users the "controller." Having sold 8 million units in its first 60 days on the market, Kinect has claimed the Guinness World Record of being the "fastest selling consumer electronics device".
While the Xbox 360 offers wired controllers as a standalone product, all Play Station 3 controllers can be used in wired and wireless configurations.
Some of the Wii controllers could be moved about to control in-game actions, which enabled players to simulate real-world actions during gameplay (e.g., in the Wii sports tennis game, the user swings the controller to hit the on-screen image of a tennis ball).
Video game consoles had become an important part of the global IT infrastructure.
In the history of video games, the seventh generation includes consoles released since late 2005 by Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony Computer Entertainment.
For home consoles, the seventh generation began on November 22, 2005 with the release of Microsoft's Xbox 360 and continued with the release of Sony Computer Entertainment's Play Station 3 on November 17, 2006, and Nintendo's Wii on November 19, 2006.