Une console de jeux vidéo est un appareil permettant de jouer à des jeux vidéo. Il existe deux types principaux de consoles :
Les consoles de jeux vidéo sont progressivement passées de l'état de jouet pour amateur à celui de centre multimédia familial.
The Atari 2600 is a video game console released in September 1977 by Atari, Inc. It is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor-based hardware and ROM cartridges containing game code, a format first used with the Fairchild Channel F game console. This format contrasts with the older model of having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware, which could only play the few games which are physically built in to the unit.
The console was originally sold as the Atari VCS, for Video Computer System. Following the 1982 release of the Atari 5200, the VCS was renamed "Atari 2600", after the unit's Atari part number, CX2600. The 2600 was typically bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a cartridge game—initially Combat and later Pac-Man.