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A cyberterminal is a special type of computer used to access the Matrix, the global virtual reality network of the Sixth World.

Two main components separate a cyberterminal from other computers:

  • ASIST interface, allowing full-sensory perception of the cyberspace and direct neural interaction with the terminal
  • a program-suite called persona, consisting of Bod and Sensor, that constitutes the user's online avatar (also called icon)

A cyberterminal with certain illegal modifications (often used by Shadowrunners or corporate/government cyberspace operatives known as deckers) is commonly called cyberdeck.


The earliest cyberterminals were room size computers attached to a sensory deprivation tank.[1]

The first cyberterminals were made by Sony Cybersystems, Fuchi Industrial Electronics, and RCA-Unisys in the 2020s.[2]


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