Five Obscure Home Consoles
Home video game consoles have a long history. This history is littered with successes, failures, and at times questions. Many home consoles remain in relative obscurity. Today players have a choice. There are numerous ways to game in your home. However there are only three real home video game consoles. Thirty years ago, this wasn’t the case. These obscure video game consoles. Are a part of video game history.
Five most obscure home consoles in gaming history.
- Magnavox Odyssey
The Odyssey is a very obscure piece of hardware. How obscure? So obscure, that most people don’t even realize. That the Odyssey is in fact the first home console ever. The Odyssey released in August of 1972. A full four years before the next home console.
The console had two power options. The first being six C-sell batteries. The second was to use and AC adapter. Which you had to purchase separately. Instead of cartridges the Odyssey used game cards. Game cards were basically printed circuit boards. These game cards were removable. They acted much like their cartridge counterparts. With the launch of the second console generation the Odyssey faded into obscurity.
- Fairchild Channel F
The Fairchild Channel F is the very definition. Of obscure home consoles. The Fairchild Channel F launched in 1976 as part of the second console generation. The same generation that gave us the Atari 2600. And that’s what really lies at the heart. Of the Channel F’s obscurity. It may have launched first, but the Atari 2600 got all of the attention.
The Channel F just couldn’t measure up to the Atari 2600. This isn’t to say that the Channel F was without merit. The Channel F maybe an obscure home console. However let’s give credit where credit is due. The Channel F has two huge accomplishments under its belt. The first is that it was the first home console to include the pause functionality. The pause function is one that home consoles. Still use even today nearly 40 years later.
The second accolade that the Channel F holds. Is that of AI. The processing power of the Channel F was so great. That is allowed players to play against an AI. This was a huge deal back in 1976. As gamers today we take AI matches for granted. Before the Channel F if a player wanted a versus match. Then they had to have another player. You may never have heard of the Fairchild Channel F before. But its legacy is in every game you play today.