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Encyclopedia > Home console
The is an example of a video game console.
The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a 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. Black Nintendo GameCube. ... Black Nintendo GameCube. ... The Nintendo GameCube (Japanese: ゲームキューブ; originally code-named Dolphin during development; abbreviated as GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the 128-bit era; the same generation as Segas Dreamcast, Sonys PlayStation 2, and Microsofts Xbox. ... Look up Electronic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Electronic can refer to many things: Objects related to electronics The band Electronic. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Nineteen inch (48 cm) CRT computer monitor A computer display, monitor or screen is a computer peripheral device capable of showing still or moving images generated by a computer and processed by a graphics card. ... Alphanumeric keyboards include typewriter and computer keyboards. ... A modem (a portmanteau word constructed from modulator and demodulator) is a device that modulates an analog carrier signal (sound), to encode digital information, and that also demodulates such a carrier signal to decode the transmitted information. ... Tux, a penguin, is the official Linux mascot. ... In computing, an operating system (OS) is the system software responsible for the direct control and management of hardware and basic system operations. ... Typical hard drives of the mid-1990s. ... The Sega Dreamcast (Japanese: ドリームキャスト; code-named Katana, Black Belt and Dural at various stages during development) was Segas last video game console. ... A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees. ... Beowulf is a design for high-performance parallel computing clusters on inexpensive personal computer hardware. ... The PlayStation 2 (PS2) (Japanese: プレイステーション2) is Sonys second video game console, after the PlayStation. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT) headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. ... The Xbox is Microsofts game console, released on November 15, 2001. ... Microsoft Windows is a range of closed source proprietary commercial operating environments for personal computers and servers. ...

The console market has steadily developed from simple one-off games (Pong) to fully featured general purpose games systems. Pong, an adaptation of table tennis to the video screen, was the first commercially successful video game and is widely regarded as ushering in the video game era. ...

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. This article is about emulation in computer science. ... The United States Code defines a mask work as a series of related images, however fixed or encoded, having or representing the predetermined, three-dimensional pattern of metallic, insulating, or semiconductor material present or removed from the layers of a semiconductor chip product, and in which the relation of the... This article is about algorithms for encryption and decryption. ... The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a controversial United States copyright law which criminalizes production and dissemination of technology that can circumvent measures taken to protect copyright, not merely infringement of copyright itself, and heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet. ...

Note that the "bitness" of current generations (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.

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. These manufacturers have expanded upon the original uses for the game consoles and have even created entirely new ways to both play and use some of our most favorite video game systems.



Note: This is an abridged timeline of North American video game consoles.

See also

A console manufacturer is a company that manufactures and distributes video game consoles. ... Although the history of computer and video games spans almost five decades, computer and video games themselves did not become part of the popular culture until the late 1970s. ... This is a list of video game consoles by the era they appeared in. ...


Forster, Winnie (2005). The Encyclopedia of Game Machines - Consoles, handheld & home computers 1972-2005. GAMEplan. ISBN 3-00-015359-4. [1] (http://www.game-machines.co.uk/gameplan_01.5_UK/)

External links

  • 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

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A flood of consoles, glut of low quality video games by smaller companies especially for the 2600, industry leader Atari hyping games such as E.T. that were poorly received, and a growing number of home computer users caused consumers and retailers to lose faith and interest in video game consoles.
Sega regained market share by releasing their next-generation console, the Sega Mega Drive, which was released in Japan on the 29th of October 1988, and in the USA/Europe on the 1st of September 1989 (renamed in the USA to the Sega Genesis), two years before Nintendo could release the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)(1990).
This fourth generation of console hardware was often referred to as the 16-bit era, and the previous generation as the 8-bit.
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Their online gaming service allows content to be downloaded to your Xbox console giving you new levels, roster updates and the ability to upload top scores so that you can show off to the world.
Though it is the weakest of the three consoles in terms of graphics, the Playstation 2 has a list of some great exclusive games including the Grand Turismo series, the SOCOM series and all of the Metal Gear Solid games (though Xbox does have one of the MGS games).
While the other consoles launched with their hardware (the console itself) losing money in hopes of getting it back with game sales, Nintendo launched their GameCube with a lower price point and still profited with each console sold.
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