Super Nintendo. Playstation. Dreamcast. We all know and love these consoles. We’re even familiar with the more obscure consoles throughout history – Virtual Boy, Master System, Turbo Grafx 16 – but some consoles go undetected by even the most dedicated gamers. We’re talking about the rarest, most obscure consoles that are unknown to all but the hardcore collectors of our community.
Here we present 5 obscure consoles that you’ve (most likely) never even heard of.
Update: Want even more obscurity? Check out 5 Obscure Handheld Consoles You’ve Never Heard Of.
Fairchild Channel F
The first console on our list is also the oldest. Fairchild’s Channel F console actually predated the Atari 2600 by one year and was the first console to support removable ROM based cartridges. While it may be incredibly basic by today’s standards, the Channel F ushered in several innovations to the console market despite being only about half as powerful as Atari’s 2600. It was actually the first console to feature a CPU fast enough to simulate AI and allow for single player games (all home based videogames before this required two people in order to play).
In total there were 27 cartridges released for the Channel F (some cartridges containing more than one game) and it sold roughly 250,000 units in total.