Sometimes the boot screens of the consoles become as iconic as the consoles themselves. Here are the most striking examples.
Many modern game consoles make them unnecessarily complicated, like the Nintendo Switch, which desperately lacks a couple of basic basic features. Therefore, now is the perfect time to remember the good old days of gaming, when just the console’s loading screen could be delightful.
The loading screens of consoles from PlayStation, Xbox, and even Sega caused an unforgettable feeling. No matter how good the game we turned on the console for turned out to be, we felt like we were in something special. This rule worked with at least the following 8 game consoles.
The Dreamcast, the latest console from Sega, was clearly ahead of its time and, unfortunately, did not receive the attention it deserved in its short period of relevance. And it was remembered first of all for its attractive loading screen.
First, a dot appeared on the screen to the accompaniment of soothing sounds, against which the dot gradually turned into a spiral, forming the Dreamcast logo. This seemingly rather simple loading screen did its job perfectly and charged gamers with the desire to quickly try out games on the new console.
Microsoft’s first video game console, released in 2001, had high hopes. The Xbox and its launch lineup had to prove that the console could compete seriously against other platforms. And she succeeded: many gamers still remember games for the first Xbox when they see its loading screen.
Before us is a dark room, similar to a laboratory, which is illuminated by a mesmerizing green sphere. And literally a second later, this sphere collapses, creating the logo of the original Xbox.
With the original PlayStation, Sony established itself as a new competitor to Sega and Nintendo, who dominated the home gaming platform. The launch lineup of the first PlayStation looked really revolutionary, and the console grabbed the attention of the general public. And for many of today’s gamers, the PS1 loading screen has become one of the first childhood memories.
Orange shapes and the words Sony Computer Entertainment fade out against a white background that lights up with organ sounds. The screen then dims to reveal the iconic PlayStation logo in rainbow colors, knowing that the next few hours will be amazing.
The Xbox 360 is widely regarded as the best Xbox gaming console, and its impact on the industry continues to this day. Here, first of all, a convenient user interface appeared, and, secondly, the console clearly demonstrated that online gaming can flourish not only on the PC. And, of course, there were a lot of great projects coming out on the Xbox 360 that were firmly associated with the platform’s loading screen.
There were several versions of the Xbox 360 loading screen, but they all followed the same style. First, a sphere appeared on the screen, which swirled along with green lines, eventually forming the Xbox logo with the signature Xbox 360.
The small purple GameCube was initially questioned by its design, which made it difficult to take it seriously. But as a result, it posed a serious rivalry to the PS2 for being the best game console of that generation.
On a simple but memorable loading screen, a purple cube traced the letter G with the sounds of a xylophone, and then jumped into its center, thus forming the famous GameCube logo.
With the Sega Genesis game console, the Sega brand has become a household name for both experienced gamers and mainstream audiences. The creators of the console understood that in addition to games, they needed something else in order to be different from the SNES from Nintendo, and this distinction was the Genesis loading screen.
Sega decided to go down the path of minimalism due to the technical limitations of the Genesis. Therefore, on the white loading screen, blue outlines first appeared (sometimes through the efforts of Sonic), and then the iconic Sega inscription, which was chanted by voice-overs.
Loading screens weren’t limited to home game consoles. For example, the best portable console of all time, the Gameboy Advance (GBA), had its own loading screen.
As with the Genesis, the console’s creators were forced to improvise due to the GBA’s weak hardware, but the result was memorable nonetheless. Against the background of a simple melody, letters from the word Gameboy flew into the screen one by one, shimmering with all the colors of the rainbow and eventually turning blue. And the final touch of the loading screen was a pleasant ringing.
This is arguably the most recognizable loading screen in gaming history as the PS2 still holds the title of best-selling video game console. When loading the PS2, we saw a black void surrounded by a thick blue fog.
If a game disc was inserted into the console, then the PlayStation 2 inscription appeared with a characteristic soundtrack. But if there was a broken disc in the drive, or, for example, you decided to insert a disc for PS1 or PS2 and not a DVD, then a frightening red screen appeared in front of you.
This loading screen stood out from the others due to the abundance of various secrets. If a memory card was connected to the console, then grayish-white turrets appeared on the loading screen, each of which personified a certain game on the memory card. The more saves you had, the more turrets were drawn on the loading screen, and the length of each turret directly depended on how far you advanced in a particular game.