Fairchild Channel F: the first programmable home video game
console. When I say programmable, I mean that the consumers
could 'alter' the systems program by inserting cartridges that
had new programs written on them. While not as popular as the
Atari VCS, the Fairchild
had it's place in videogame history. The system was manufactured
first by Fairchild Instrument and Camera and a later version
was manufactured by Zircon. When the
system debuted in 1976 it retailed for about $169.99 USD. There
were twenty-one cartridges, or Videocarts as they were called,
made by Fairchild that sold for $19.99 (five more were by Zircon).
Two preprogrammed games were on the system: hockey and tennis.
The controllers and AC adapter were also hardwired and the controllers
stored in a compartment on the system. The sound was also hardwired.
The games made for the system all played in color also. The
original name of the Channel F was Video Entertainment System.
The controllers featured a triangular top with 8-way controller.
adapter specifications: Input 120V 60Hz Output Red/Yellow 15V
AC 3.75 VA Output Blue/White 10V AC 16.5 VA
to know how to hook your Fairchild Channel F up to today's TVs?
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