Retro Game Consoles – Fairchild Channel F
Fairchild Channel F
The Fairchild Channel F did not sell extrememly well. Fairchild Semi Condutor sold the rights to the unit in 1979 to Zircon International. Zircon redesigned the Fairchild Channel F and released the Farichild CHannel F II specifically designed to compete against the Atari 2600. However, after releasing six games, the Fairchild Channel F was cancelled. There would be no version 3.
Above: Fairchild Channel F Game Console
When the cartridges were plugged in, the general-purpose microprocessors in the consoles read the cartridge memory and ran whatever program was stored there. Rather than being confined to a small selection of games included in the box, consumers could now amass libraries of game cartridges.
And much as we have today, the longer a console was in the market, the better the games graphics and sound.
The Fairchild VES was the world’s first processor-based video game console. Previous generation consoles had their games inside the console. The cartridges simply contained switches to enable the games. The Fairchild was console to use the cartridge as the storage medium.
Fairchild released their console in August 1976. When Atari released their VCS the following year, Fairchild renamed their console to Fairchild Channel F.