Video game console

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Video game console
Developer numerous
Publisher numerous
Systems numerous, see computers and consoles
Released 1972-present
Added to Museum numerous, see computers and consoles

A video game console is a system that is primarily used to play video games by consumers, as opposed to computers and arcade games.

The lines between video game consoles and computers sometimes get blurred, as video game consoles such as the Family Computer had computer-style options such as a keyboard and the BASIC programming language. In addition, computers such as the Commodore 64 were also advertised as video game machines.

Video game consoles owned by WEC Museum

First-generation video game consoles (1972 - 1983)

Second-generation video game consoles (1976-1992)

Third-generation video game consoles (1983 - present)

Fourth-generation video game consoles (1987 - present)

Fifth-generation video game consoles (1993 - 2006)

Sixth-generation video game consoles (1998 - 2013)

Seventh-generation video game consoles (2005 - 2017)

Dedicated consoles

Eighth-generation video game consoles (2012 - present)

Multi-system consoles

Microconsoles

Dedicated consoles

Plug-and-play consoles

Ninth-generation video game consoles (2017 - present)