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What company has come up with the most innovations?

Sony 43 19.63%
 
Nintendo 162 73.97%
 
Microsoft 14 6.39%
 
Total:219

Nintendo, no competition. I love Sony but most of their branding with PS has always been about one-upping, not out-innovating. The exceptions are DVD, the long con on Blu-Ray (their best move long term that I can think of), and smaller things like that.

That said, the 360 is VERY underrated in this regard. There's a lot with wouldn't have if the 360 hadn't been rushed to launch with all of these innovative concepts like overall achievements and native wireless controllers (though they still can't add a damn battery pack).



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daredevil.shark said:

Sony. Eye toy was their best innovative devices (pioneering motion control gaming) as well as new optical drive formats introduced by them. Sega was also in this list but not in OPs list.



I can't give Nintendo credit for the analog stick. They weren't the first and many innovations came from elsewhere before they were incorporated by the "big three", such as the light gun.

Let's see.

Nintendo with the d-pad and shoulder buttons, two mainstays of gaming. They innovated portable gaming. Rumble, though it's vastly overrated. I believe the Power Glove was the first motion controller. Also, a lot of stuff that didn't go anywhere.

Sega with a controller you could actually hold without damaging your hands. They introduced internet play. First dual triggers? I'm not sure about that one.

Sony with DVD/media playback. Camera based motion controls. Also my favorite innovation, dual analog control.

Microsoft--mass storage?

Nintendo with the most, obviously. If we're talking most important, that would be closer.



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Veknoid_Outcast said:

Your sad devotion to that ancient controller has not helped you conjure up the stolen memory cards, or given you clairvoyance enough to find Nintendo's hidden NX...

:p. Nintendo looked deep into my soul and saw my younger self's jealousy while I  played pitfall on my intellivision and my neighbor jumped on turtles in what looked like the most amazing game machine ever!

They're very smart indeed!  Where can I preorder that mini and damn the new Zelda looks amazing.  It's like they brilliantly planned the nostalgic original NES from my duckhunt/paperboy days to bridge me to what looks like an amazing zelda for the future. Those tricky marketeers!

Have you seen/played this? I was thinking of getting it myself - I found it used at a local shop on PS2. But it sounds like it's right up your alley :D



Easily Nintendo.

Since they want to experiment on things far more than Sony and MS who rather work/improve on aspects that already exist far more than adding new.



    

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pokoko said:
I can't give Nintendo credit for the analog stick. They weren't the first and many innovations came from elsewhere before they were incorporated by the "big three", such as the light gun.

Let's see.

Nintendo with the d-pad and shoulder buttons, two mainstays of gaming. They innovated portable gaming. Rumble, though it's vastly overrated. I believe the Power Glove was the first motion controller. Also, a lot of stuff that didn't go anywhere.

Sega with a controller you could actually hold without damaging your hands. They introduced internet play. First dual triggers? I'm not sure about that one.

Sony with DVD/media playback. Camera based motion controls. Also my favorite innovation, dual analog control.

Microsoft--mass storage?

Nintendo with the most, obviously. If we're talking most important, that would be closer.

In fairness Sega came out with a controller in the late 80's/early 90's for the master system with shoulder buttons (and a modern analog stick for that matter)

 



Sony, because im being biased, lol!
Actually, i was gonna choose nintendo at first if i have to choose. But then i realized the Windows. I strongly believe that without Windows, PC gaming would not become as prominent as of today. And let's be real, PC gaming is king these days.
So Microsoft.



potato_hamster said:
pokoko said:
I can't give Nintendo credit for the analog stick. They weren't the first and many innovations came from elsewhere before they were incorporated by the "big three", such as the light gun.

Let's see.

Nintendo with the d-pad and shoulder buttons, two mainstays of gaming. They innovated portable gaming. Rumble, though it's vastly overrated. I believe the Power Glove was the first motion controller. Also, a lot of stuff that didn't go anywhere.

Sega with a controller you could actually hold without damaging your hands. They introduced internet play. First dual triggers? I'm not sure about that one.

Sony with DVD/media playback. Camera based motion controls. Also my favorite innovation, dual analog control.

Microsoft--mass storage?

Nintendo with the most, obviously. If we're talking most important, that would be closer.

In fairness Sega came out with a controller in the late 80's/early 90's for the master system with shoulder buttons (and a modern analog stick for that matter)

Wow, I did not know about that one.  Not only shoulder buttons but the first with four shoulder buttons.  I'd already given Sega credit for ergonomic design.  I don't think I can given them dual analog stick control, though this is close.  Dual sticks just offer more.

I might have to give Sega the win.



If we're talking more than games, it would be between MS and Sony, but game wise, I gotta give it to Ninten. They've done quite a bit for the industry. The game and watch, standard the d-pad, control set ups, the gameboy, the DS, motion control, there's so much they have done for the industry. They've pretty much set a lot of new standards once they came in with the NES.

Sony and MS have their own innovations, but before Sony and MS, there was Nintendo (and Sega) who largely helped shape gaming into what it is today.



 

              

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pokoko said:
potato_hamster said:

In fairness Sega came out with a controller in the late 80's/early 90's for the master system with shoulder buttons (and a modern analog stick for that matter)

Wow, I did not know about that one.  Not only shoulder buttons but the first with four shoulder buttons.  I'd already given Sega credit for ergonomic design.  I don't think I can given them dual analog stick control, though this is close.  Dual sticks just offer more.

I might have to give Sega the win.

That's definitely only one analog stick, but it's functionally the same as the N64's analog stick. I believe Sony gets credit for being the first to put two on.

But Nintendo's claim to fame is the shape of the directional pad, and rumble (where the system was taken directly from arcade games). That's pretty much it in terms of hardware innovation.