Fairchild Channel F

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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.
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Platform name Fairchild Channel F
Abbreviation Fairchild Channel F
Generation 2
Type Console
First released on Monday 1st of November 1976
Game count 30 (27 exclusives)
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  Name Release dates Specifications Graphics Storage media Other info
Initial version
Initial version
North America: Monday 1st of November 1976
Europe: Saturday 31st of December 1977
Fairchild F8 at 1.79MHz
64 bytes
8 colors (either black/white or four color max. per line)
128x64 pixels
RF modulated composite video signal, cord hardwired to console
2 kB VRAM Cartridges
Saba Videoplay
Saba Videoplay
Other: Saturday 31st of December 1977

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