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Video Game Console : Second Generation

Video Game Console : Second Generation

In 1976, Fairchild release the Fairchild Video Entertainment System (VES). The game consoles that used cartridges had no information and served the same function as flipping switches, or it console itself was empty and the cartridges contained all of the game components.

However, The VES cartridges only needed a single ROM chip to store microprocessor instructions because its contained a programmable micrprocessor.

VES killed the Magnavox Odyssey, the star of First Generation Video Game Consoles, invented by Ralph H Baer.

Video game crash of 1977

In 1977, a glut in the market was happens and causing Fairchild and RCA to abandon their game consoles. It is because manufacturers of older, obsolete console sold their system at a loss to clear stock.

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