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The Fairchild Channel F
« on: July 30, 2019, 03:02:43 AM »

I noticed that we don't have a thread on the Fairchild Channel F, so I thought I'd start one.  I never had this console but it does have a following with some interesting homebrew games.  Did anyone have this system?

The Fairchild Channel F, F for Fun, is a second-generation home video game console that was released by Fairchild Semiconductor in November 1976 across North America at a retail price of $169.95. It was also released in Japan in October the following year. 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 originally named Video Entertainment System, or VES, but when Atari released its VCS the next year, Fairchild changed the name for its machine, although they continued to use the old name alongside it. By 1977, the Fairchild Channel F had sold about 250,000 units, trailing behind sales of the VCS.

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Here are two videos looking at the system:





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Re: The Fairchild Channel F
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2019, 21:30:37 PM »
I've actually found sealed Channel F games for sale on eBay, but never the console itself :D.  I would love to at least try one out someday since I don't think there's any emulation scene for it.

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Re: The Fairchild Channel F
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2019, 03:40:58 AM »
Hmm, I don't know if there are emulators for it.  I wonder since people do make videos of the games and usually emulators are used to do that. 

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