ZX Spectrum Line

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Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Sinclair spectrum.jpg
Developer Sinclair Research
Type Computers
Release date 1980
Discontinued 1984
Predecessor Sinclair ZX81
Emulated

The ZX Spectrum (Pronounced ZED-ex) is an 8-bit home computing platform developed by Sinclair in 1982. It was one of the three major 8-bit home computer platforms that dominated the market in the United Kingdom during the 1980s, alongside the Commodore 64 and the Amstrad Colour Personal Computer. The "Spectrum" is in reference to its color display, an innovation from the previous model, the ZX81. The Spectrum was released as eight different models, ranging from the entry-level model with 16 KiB RAM released in 1982 to the ZX Spectrum +3 with 128 KiB RAM and built-in floppy disk drive in 1987; together they sold in excess of 5 million units worldwide, not accounting for the numerous clones. The device was highly significant in British culture, so much so that its creator, Clive Sinclair, was knighted for services to the British industry, in 1983. Spectrum game development continues to this day, with over 100 new releases since 2012.

Emulators

An old list of emulators can be found here.

Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Libretro Core Active Recommended
PC
EightyOne Windows 1.12 ~ (WIP)
FUSE Multi-platform 1.5.6
Speccy Multi-platform 4.8
ZEsarUX Multi-platform 7.1
BizHawk Windows 2.3.2 ~
DSP Multi-platform 0.18
fbzx Multi-platform 4.0.0
JSpeccy Multi-platform 0.93.1
MAME Multi-platform 0.213
Retro Virtual Machine macOS 1.1.8
Spectaculator Multi-platform 8.0
UnrealSpeccyP Multi-platform 0.0.83
X128 DOS 0.94
MTMW
(aka 'MulTiMachine')
Windows 1.30b
Xpeccy Unix Git
Mobile
Speccy Android 4.6.2
Spectacol Android 3.0.7
Spectaculator iOS, Android 7.0 (iOS)
2.1.1 (Android)
UnrealSpeccyP
("USP")
Multi-platform
(Mobile)
0.0.82
Consoles
PSPectrum PSP 1.0.4
GoldenEye 007 Nintendo 64 007
UnrealSpeccyP
("USP")
PSP 0.0.62

Notes

  • Zophar's Domain (Huge, heady chart showing download links and info of many old ZX / Spectrum / QL Series emulators)
  • ZXPlanet (Emulators page with links to detailed reviews of many old ZX Spectrum emulators)
  • www.retroisle.com (Page showing three old emulators for ZX Spectrum)