Posts Tagged ‘Channel F’

New Fairchild Channel F Prototypes Discovered

For those of us who strive to remember or rediscover vintage computers and video games, it is rewarding to see how far we have come in such a short amount of time. However, this hobby has one disadvantage: you generally can’t walk into a used game store and find an obscure, twenty year-old title. You […]

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Forgotten Innovation: The Fairchild Channel F

In August 1976 Fairchild Consumer Products, a division of Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation, introduced the Fairchild Video Entertainment System, also known as the Fairchild Channel F. Game systems of this time, such as the Magnavox Odyssey and numerous stand-alone PONG games, were mainly self-contained: a single game was built-in to the console. While the Channel F did contain two built-in games, “Tennis” and “Hockey”, it also brought to market something that was radically different, but seems second-nature now: interchangeable, programmable game cartridges.

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