FACTOID # 24: Looking for table makers? Head to Mississippi, with an overwhlemingly large number of employees in furniture manufacturing.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Games console
Enlarge
The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a popular video game console.

A video game console is a dedicated electronic device designed to play video games. Often the output device is a separate television or a computer monitor. Once, video game consoles were easily distinguishable from personal computers: consoles used a standard television for display, and did not support standard PC accessories such as keyboards or modems. However, as consoles have become more enhanced, the distinction has blurred: some consoles can have full Linux operating systems running with hard drives and keyboards (like the Sega Dreamcast) (one university has even created a Beowulf cluster of PlayStation 2 consoles), and Microsoft's Xbox is basically a stripped down PC running a version of Microsoft Windows.


The console market has steadily developed from simple one-off games (Pong) to fully featured general purpose games systems.


Older game consoles and their software now live on in emulators as they are no longer supported by their manufacturers. However, console makers try to prevent their games from being played on emulators using copyright-like exclusive rights in mask works and a protection of encrypted media created by the United States' Digital Millennium Copyright Act and foreign counterparts.


Note that the "bitness" of past generations (8-bit, 16-bit, 32-bit, 64-bit and 128-bit) were in large part created by the console makers' marketing departments and may have little to do with the actual architecture of the systems.


Timeline


See also

External links

  • Console Database (http://www.consoledatabase.com), video game console information
  • MobyGames (http://www.mobygames.com), an Internet database of video games, including console games
  • Video Game and Console Timeline (http://www.ps3portal.com/?page=history), a Brief Video Game and Console Timeline
  • Console Cheats (http://www.console-cheats.com), cheats, codes and hints for gaming consoles

  Results from FactBites:
 
Gadgets & Games Console Accessories (105 words)
We stock a vast collection of Mod Chips, upgrade devices, mods and add-ons for most games consoles including PS2 (Playstation 2), XBox and the Sony PSP Repairs.
Consoles and Gadgets are also able to carry out repairs and upgrades.
Consoles and Gadgets, Millworks, 28 Field RD, Busby, Glasgow,
Video game console - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (446 words)
There was a time when video game consoles were easily distinguishable from personal computers: consoles used a standard television for display, and did not support standard PC accessories such as keyboards or modems.
Older game consoles and their software now live on in emulators as they are no longer supported by their manufacturers.
Video game consoles have created a whole self-supporting market for thousands of different video game accessory manufacturers who would otherwise not be able to produce their own video game consoles.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m