#1 By: Jason Fitzpatrick, August 28th, 2013 13:39
#2 By: Jwebb, August 28th, 2013 16:18
Also, keep in mind that this only applies to home consoles. The 3DS and Vita both use cartridges.
#3 By: Naman Sood, August 29th, 2013 11:04
Didn't the PS2 use something like a cartridge for game saves? Yes, it was called a Memory Card, but seriously, cards aren't half a centimetre thick.
#4 By: Jwebb, August 29th, 2013 21:43
Yes, memory cards have been in use since the Saturn, PS and N64 days for game saves but the actual medium the game was distributed on was an optical media with the exception of the N64...and all portable consoles (except the original PSP).
#5 By: Naman Sood, August 30th, 2013 05:52
The question didn't ask what they were used for. They asked in which console they were last used.
Reading the above line, I sound pretty rude. I'm sorry if so
#6 By: Jwebb, August 30th, 2013 08:24
Fair point. Though with that in mind, they haven't stopped using them as all consoles accept SD cards or similar solid state media cards.
#7 By: Naman Sood, August 30th, 2013 11:57
I think we need to clear up the term "cartridge"
Even Wikipedia is confused as to what it is.
#8 By: Jwebb, August 30th, 2013 12:57
A fully agreed upon definition was never set. But one thing most did agree on was that it was the storage of data encased in a plastic housing. This started with magnetic mediums but moved to solid state.
People often think of the old video game cartridges that the games resided on as being the definition of a cartridge but there really isn't much difference between those and today's SD cards beyond size and capacity. Data on the game media cards was ROM coupled with some battery backed volatile RAM. Data on the memory cards for game saves is almost identical (The EEPROM used back then evolved into the Flash we use today).