Fairchild Channel F

The Fairchild Channel F is the home video game console that 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. It was released on November 1st 1976 for $169.95, which would equate to $734.14 today.

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The Fairchild Channel F was released sometime in November of 1976, but an exact day could not be found.

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November 1st, 1976 Source: racketboy.com

Two Pong clones, called Tennis and Hockey, were built into the console and could be played without a cartridge.

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This page last updated May 22nd, 2018 at 5:05am.