Flashback Friday: Game Console Accessories

by Sean P. Aune | June 28, 2013

Flashback FridayThere has been a lot of talk this week about potential accessories shipping with various gaming consoles this year. Sony apparently removed a camera to be able to undercut the Xbox One, but Microsoft cut out the headset to keep costs down. Does anyone remember a time when consoles came with piles of useless items?

One of the best examples of a console with accessories has to be the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Almost all of the sets were sold in package deals that came with either the Zapper light gun, and in some cases also included R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy) that could play games with you. Yep, he was about as useful as he sounds.

Chalk it up to gaming consoles getting more powerful, and hence more expensive to manufacture, but I do miss when your system came with a slew of stuff. Heck, most of them even came with a game to get you started playing the second you pulled it out of the box. Now, well, that’s an extra cost. At least you have the option now of downloading the games as opposed to some careless parent not knowing they needed to pick up a game as well for Christmas morning.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...