Video games have evolved exponentially since the days of the Atari, Sega Genesis, and Super Nintendo. As the video game industry expands, your collection of consoles and games will most likely grow along with it. Whenever you purchase a new console, you might have to find space to store the old one. Although you may bring out your old consoles every once in a while, they’re usually more suited for shelves when you’re not using them. In honor of National Video Games Day (July 8th), here are a few tips on storing your old consoles and video games to help ensure that they last a lifetime.
Game Console Storage
Storing consoles from the PlayStation 2 era and back isn’t very difficult. For some reason, older consoles can handle a myriad of temperatures and conditions while still being fully functional. Newer consoles are known to produce a good amount of heat. Here are a few precautions you should take:
- Store consoles in a well-ventilated area.
- Have as much separation as possible between your console and heat-generating electronics.
- Keep consoles and other electronics 1 to 2 inches away from surfaces that can block air vents.
- Do your best to keep the storage area dust free as dust can damage your console inside and out.
- Don’t store them in a basement or an attic as extreme humidity and heat can cause serious damage to your consoles.
Follow these tips to keep playing your old consoles for years to come.
Video Game Storage
Digital downloads are becoming more popular, but many still prefer the feeling of a physical disc in their hands. If you have an older collection of games, then you most likely have game manuals, cartridges, and cases all around you. To avoid the clutter, try a few of these tips:
- Try using a shelf – Shelves are great for storing discs safely.
- Use cabinets and closed off spaces – Unlike consoles, cartridges and discs don’t have to worry about having room to breathe.
- Organize your games – Try organizing your games alphabetically or by console type.
In addition to these suggestions, try not to throw your controllers around or leave them on the floor. Without properly maintained controllers, your vintage consoles could be best suited as decorations.
Gaming is something that everyone can enjoy. Families can play together and you can even play online with long distance friends. If think your collection is getting a little too large, try storing it with Treasure Island Storage. We offer plenty of home and self-storage solutions for even the largest video game collections. Contact us or visit one of our locations in New York or New Jersey to start storing today. Enjoy National Video Games Day and don’t forget to use these tips!