The evolution of video game media

From jumper cards to hard disks, these are the cards, cartridges, and drives that have shaped the world of gaming.

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Proprietary Optical Formats



In the late 1990s, Sega developed a proprietary optical disc format called GD-ROM (1) for its Dreamcast game console. Nintendo followed up the cartridge era with the GameCube Game Disc (3), and Sony developed the Universal Media Disc (2) for its PSP system so it could bring the high-capacity, low-cost optical disc model to the portable sector.

Key: [1] Sega Dreamcast (1998), [2] Sony PlayStation Portable (2004), [3] Nintendo GameCube (2001)

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