Fairchild Channel F (Platform)

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The Fairchild Channel F is a home video game console released by Fairchild Semiconductor in November 1976. It has the distinction of being the first programmable ROM cartridge–based video game console, and the first console to use a microprocessor. It was launched as the Video Entertainment System, or VES, but when Atari released their VCS the next year, Fairchild renamed its machine. By 1977, the Fairchild Channel F had sold 250,000 units and trailed behind the VCS.



Release dates:
1977-Q4 (EU)
1976-11 (NA)
PLATFORM TYPE:
Console
Introduction price:
250 EUR
170 USD
Operating SystemCPUFairchild F8 at 1.79MHz
Memory64 bytesStorage
Graphics8 colors (either black/white or four color max. per line)Sound120 Hz, 500 Hz and 1 kHz beeps (can be modulated to produce different tones)
Online serviceOutputRF modulated composite video signal, cord hardwired to console
Supported Resolutions128x64 pixelsConnectivity

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Games released on Fairchild Channel F

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Pac-Man
May 22nd, 1980 (39 years ago)
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Pong
November 29th, 1972 (47 years ago)
Arcade / Fairchild Channel F / AY-3-8610 / AY-3-8500
Hockey
December 31st, 1973 (46 years ago)
Arcade / Fairchild Channel F / AY-3-8610 / AY-3-8500
Videocart 20 - Schach
December 31st, 1980 (39 years ago)
Fairchild Channel F
Videocart-25: Casino Poker
December 31st, 1981 (38 years ago)
Fairchild Channel F
Videocart-26: Alien Invasion
December 31st, 1981 (38 years ago)
Fairchild Channel F
Videocart-15: Memory Match
March 1st, 1978 (41 years ago)
Fairchild Channel F
Videocart-13: Robot War, Torpedo Alley
July 1st, 1977 (42 years ago)
Fairchild Channel F
Videocart-12: Baseball
July 1st, 1977 (42 years ago)
Fairchild Channel F
Videocart-11: Backgammon, Acey-Deucey
July 1st, 1977 (42 years ago)
Fairchild Channel F