How to Emulate the Fairchild Channel F

The Channel F was the first home console with interchangeable ROM cartridges, and so is certainly worth a look at for the retrogaming enthusiast.

The best emulator we’ve have found for the Channel F is FreeChaF by David Richardson. It is designed as a Libretro emulator so works well with Retroarch, Lakka and RetroPie. You will need two BIOS files for this emulator, which are:

  • SL31253 or SL90025
  • SL31254

Should you wish, you can also emulate the Channel F on the Pico-8 Fantasy console

Platform Emulator Notes
Windows / Mac OS / Linux MAME/MESS Good Support. Setname: channelf
Retroarch via lr-freechaf
RetroPie via lr-freechaf
Recalbox via lr-freechaf
Pico-8 Fairchild Channel F Emulator
MiSTer Yes

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