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A video game console is an electronic, digital or computer device that outputs a video signal or visual image to display a video game that one or more people can play.

Sixth generation video game consoles from left to right: Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, GameCube and the original Xbox
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A video game console is an electronic, digital or computer device that outputs a video signal or visual image to display a video game that one or more people can play.

The term "video game console" is used to distinguish a console machine primarily designed for consumers to use for playing video games, in contrast to arcade machines or home computers. An arcade machine consists of a video game computer, display, game controller (joystick, buttons, etc.) and speakers housed in large chassis. A home computer is a personal computer designed for home use for a variety of purposes, such as bookkeeping, accessing the Internet and playing video games.

There are various types of video game consoles, including home video game consoles, handheld game consoles, microconsoles and dedicated consoles. Although Ralph Baer had built working game consoles by 1966, it was nearly a decade before the Pong game made them commonplace in regular people's living rooms. Through evolution over the 1990s and 2000s, game consoles have expanded to offer additional functions such as CD players, DVD players, Blu-ray disc players, web browsers, set-top boxes and more.

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