A console may refer to any of the following:
1. Alternatively referred to as a computer console, root console, system console, or terminal. Console is a basic computer or monitor and keyboard that is connected to another computer, server, or a mainframe over a network. It is used to maintain or monitor the status of the network or computer.
2. A game console, video game console, or console is a term used to describe a gaming box or device that is primarily designed to play games that connects to a TV. Examples of consoles include the Famicom, Xbox, PlayStation 3, and Wii.
The first video game console, called the Magnavox Odyssey, was developed by Ralph H. Baer and his team at Sanders Associates and released by Magnavox in September 1972.
3. In games and some programs, the console is a feature that allows advanced users or developers access to special features and an area to issue commands. If available, the console is usually accessed by pressing the tilde key while the game or program is running.