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~ Fairchild Channel F Games ~
 Tic Tac Toe, Shooting Gallery, Doodle, Quadradoodle
(complete in box)

Video Blackjack
(complete in box)

Maze, Cat and Mouse
(cartridge only)

Tic Tac Toe, Shooting Gallery, Doodle, Quadradoodle
(cartridge only)



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The Fairchild Channel F is a game console released by Fairchild
Semiconductor in August 1976 at the retail price of $169.95.

It has the distinction of being the first programmable ROM
cartridge-based video game console.

It was launched as the
Video Entertainment System, or VES, but when Atari released
their VCS the next year, Fairchild renamed its machine.


  • CPU chip: Fairchild F8 operating at 1.79 MHz (PAL gen. 1: 2.00 MHz, PAL gen.2: 1.77 Mhz)
  • RAM: 64 bytes, 2 kB VRAM (212864 bits)
  • Resolution: 128 64 pixels, approximately 102 58 pixels visible depending on TV
  • Colors: eight colors (either black/white or four color max. per line)
  • Audio: 500 Hz, 1 kHz, and 1.5 kHz tones (can be modulated quickly to produce different tones)
  • Input: two custom game controllers, hardwired to the console (original release) or removable (Channel F System II)
  • Output: RF modulated composite video signal, cord hardwired to console


BONUS ROUND... "Movies of 1976"

The Omen
Marathon Man
The Enforcer
Silver Streak
All the President's Men



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