Sixth Generation (1998–2004)
The sixth-generation era (sometimes referred to as the 128-bit era; see "Bits and system power" below) refers to the computer and video games, video game consoles, and video game handhelds available at the turn of the 21st century. Platforms of the sixth generation include the Sega Dreamcast, Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Microsoft Xbox. This era began on November 27, 1998 with the release of the Dreamcast, and it was joined by the PlayStation 2 in March 2000. The Dreamcast was discontinued in North America in November 2001 and in Europe in late 2002. The Xbox was discontinued in Japan in2005 and worldwide in 2006. The GameCube was discontinued in 2007. By the end of 2010, only the PlayStation 2 remained in production and continues to sell steadily.