The evolution of video game media

From jumper cards to hard disks, these are the cards, cartridges, and drives that have shaped the world of gaming.

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The first console to actually store game code on an optical disc (and the first to use a CD-ROM drive) was the NEC PC-Engine CD-ROM2 unit [1], an add-on to the extant PC Engine console. (This unit became the TurboGrafx CD [2] in the United States.) Sega soon followed with its own CD add-on for its Genesis/Mega Drive console known as the Sega CD [3] in the U.S.

[1] RDI Halcyon (1985) & Pioneer LaserActive (1993), [2] NEC PC Engine CD-ROM2 (1988), [3] Sega CD (1991)

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