Classic Home Videogames Museum: First Generation: Channel F

Fairchild Channel F

Channel F Console

Introduced in 1976, the Channel F by Fairchild was the first programmable (through ROM cartridges) home videogame system. It produces color, which was lost in these black-and-white screen shots of Tic-Tac-Toe and Doodle. A small library of games was produced for the Channel F, along with the built-in games Hockey and Tennis. The cartridges are big and yellow [scan of box fronts] [scan of box backs]. The Channel F originally sold for $169.95; game cartridges, $19.95. It was later re-released by Zircon as the Channel F System II (pictured at left).

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