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)
Introduction price:
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