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Name Fairchild Channel F Atari 2600 Magnavox Odyssey 2 Intellivison Atari 5200
Manufacturer Fairchild Semiconductor Atari Magnavox Mattel Atari
Launch Price $169.95 $200 $200/¥49,800 $299 $270
Release Date NA: August 1976 NA: September 11, 1977

EU: 1978 JP: May 1983

NA: 1978

EU: December 1982 JP: 1982 BRZ: 1983

NA: Test marketed in 1979. Official release in 1980.

EU: 1982


JP: 1982

NA: November 1982
Media Cartridge Cartridge and Cassette Cartridge Cartridge Cartridge
Top Selling Games Pac Man - 7 million Astrosmash - 1 million
Backward Compatibility None Atari 2600 through System Changer Module Atari 2600 games through the 2600 cartridge adapter.
Accessories
  • Driving Controller
  • Keypad
  • Game Pad
  • Starpath Supercharger
  • GameLine
  • The Voice
  • Chess Module
  • Entertainment Computer System
  • Intellivoice
  • Tark-Ball Controller
  • Atari 2600 adapter
CPU Fairchild F8 [1.79 MHz/2 MHz] MOS Technology [1.19 MHz] Intel 8048 8-bit microcontroller [1.79 MHz]

General Instrument CP1610

[~894KHz]

Custom MOS 6502C

[1.79MHz]

Memory 64 bytes, 2kB VRAM 128 bytes

CPU-Internal: 64 bytes

Audio/video RAM: 128 bytes

1.456KB main RAM 16 kB main RAM
Video

*102 × 58 pixels visible

  • 8 colors, maximum of 4 per scanline
  • 160 x 192 resolution
  • 2 sprites, 2 missiles and 1 ball per scanline. Sprites can be use multiple times through the HMOVE command.
  • 2 backgrounds colors and 2 sprite colors per scanline
  • 128 colors (NTSC)
  • 104 colors (PAL)
  • 160×200 resolution (NTSC)
  • 16-color fixed palette; sprites use 8 colors
  • 4 8×8 single-color user-defined sprites
  • 12 8×8 single-color characters; 64 shapes built into ROM BIOS;
  • 4 quad characters;
  • 9×8 background grid; dots, lines, or blocks
  • 159x96 pixels (159x192 display on a TV screen, scanlines being doubled)
  • 16 color palette, all of which can be on the screen at once
  • 8 sprites
  • 320×192 resolution,'
  • 16 (out of 256) on-screen colors per scan line with 256 colors capable of being displayed at once.'
Audio Mono audio with:

500 Hz, 1 kHz, and 1.5 kHz tones (can be modulated quickly to produce different tones)

Mono audio with:
  • two channel sound
  • 5-bit frequency divider and 4-bit audio control register
  • 4-bit volume control register per channel
Mono audio with:
  • 24-bit shift register, clockable at 2 frequencies
  • noise generator
Mono audio with:
  • three channel sound
  • one noise generator
Mono audio with:
  • 4-channel sound

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