30th Anniversary of the ZX Spectrum

Google’s doodle today is advertising the fact that it is the 30th anniversary of the ZX Spectrum.

The ZX Spectrum was an 8 bit computer released by Sinclair in 1982 and earned Sir Clive Sinclair a knighthood. It was incredibly popular for programming (Sinclair Basic) and gaming. There were many ground breaking games released for the ZX including Dizzy and Elite. Even now developers are still making and releasing games for it.

The ZX Spectrum was the first computer to really bring ‘high resolution’ colour graphics and sound to the average enthusiast at home.

It was the main rival to the American Commodore 64 and the Amstrad CPC. Its success was helped due to Clive Sinclair’s vision of selling an affordable computer. At the time, the BBC Micro was selling for £399, whereas the ZX Sinclair could be purchased for as low as £125.  The ZX Spectrum sold more than 5 million units worldwide and goes down in history as one of the first computers to really break into the home consumer market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZX Spectrum+ Advert from 1984

ZX Spectrum Youtube Presentation

Sources
BBC News: ZX Spectrum’s chief designers reunited 30 years on
Wikipedia: ZX Spectrum
ZX Spectrum Online Simulator

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