The new generation is almost upon us with PS5 and Xbox Series X, packing extra hardware power, quality-of-life features like a solid-state drive for faster loading, and ambitious services like Game Pass. But we all know the real marquee features that will justify the hundreds of dollars are the fresh boot-up sequences. Nothing helps drive home the feeling of a brand-new game system like bringing it home, taking in that new console smell, and then seeing a neat new boot-up animation.
(Right after the required firmware update.)
We’ve already possibly heard the boot-up sound for Xbox Series X. PlayStation 5 won’t be far behind. In honor of these impending consoles and their lovely new boot-up sequences, we’ve looked through the annals of gaming history and compiled some of the best.