SF-1 SNES TV
|Type||Video game console|
|Retail availability||JPN Dec 5, 1990|
|Media||ROM cartridge ("Game Pak")
|CPU||16-bit 65c816 Ricoh 5A22 3.58 MHz|
|Storage capacity||Battery backup
|Controller input||2 Controller Ports|
|Online services||Satellaview (Japan only)|
|Predecessor||C1 NES TV|
The SF-1 SNES TV (スーパーファミコンテレビSF1) (also known as the Sharp Science Fiction-1) is a television produced by Sharp Corporation with a built-in licensed Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Released only to Japanese markets, the unit retailed in 1990 as a next generation sequel to the 1983 C1 NES TV also manufactured by Sharp and licensed by Nintendo. Like the C1, the SF-1 was noted as having superior picture quality to the SNES.
The SF-1 came in two different models varying in screen sizes. The larger SF-1 unit featured a 21-inch screen and the smaller featured a 14-inch screen. Both units were colored gray, and both included a ROM-cartridge plugin-slot just above the screen. By merging the SNES and the television into one unit, the Sharp SF-1 avoided the problem of exposed power cords and other cables. This gave the unit the advantage of being easier to handle. With internally connected SNES-SF1 terminals, luminance and chrominance signals could be separated, and the resulting image quality was notably sharper than other non-hybrid SNES setups. This advantage diminished to a degree in the 14-inch model where picture quality was reduced.
Additional functions were added to the remote control such that the SNES portion of the unit can be reset by simultaneously pressing two buttons. Additionally, the remote control could be used to record button gameplay on the VCR. All audio signals are delivered in mono.
Unlike Sharp's earlier C1 NES TV, AV output terminals were made readily accessible on the SF-1's extended terminal which allowed connection to later peripherals such as the Satellaview. The C1 had been notably unable to connect to the FDS peripheral, and the SF-1's design was intended to alleviate this problem. To use the extended terminal, the Satellaview's AV output terminal would attach obliquely upward on the back of the Super Nintendo portion of the console, and a cover could be applied to prevent dust.
Only two models were released in Japan.
- 14G-SF1 (14 inch, retail price ¥100,000)
- 21G-SF1 (21 inch, retail price ¥133,000)
See also 
- Soviero, Marcelle M. and Judith Anne Yeaple. "What's New: Entertaining Hybrid." Popular Science. Vol.240, No.6. Pg.17. June 1992.
- Lada, Jenni. Important Importables: Cool Super Famicom exclusives. Technology Tell. 23 September 2011.
- Barnholt, Ray. The Island of Lost Hardware: TVs With an NES Inside. Retronauts. 7 April 2010.
- Plunkett, Luke (1 April 2011). "This Nintendo Was Inside A Television Set". Kotaku. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- スーパーファミコンテレビＳＦ１ - SF-1 Super Nintendo Television
- Sharp Super Famicom TV at the Ultimate Console Database
- A comparison between picture quality of a Sharp SF-1 and a standard Super Famicom.