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Due for launch in 1982, the Oric-1 – backed by the unlikely alliance of British Car Auctions and Tangerine Computers – was dogged by pre-release problems. The first (extremely buggy) machines actually shipped in early 1983. By this time, the Spectrum’s march in the UK was unstoppable, although the Oric went on to have considerable success in France.

The Games

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People

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Thanks

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Major events

1983
Launch prices:
16K version: £99.95
48K version: £169.95
1984
Oric Atmos launched £170

Emulators

Mac OS X

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OUYA/Android

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Features

Oric-1

16 or 48K RAM
6502A processor
Colour; 8 foreground and 8 background colours could be displayed at the same time.
Hi-res, user definable graphics
6 octave controllable sound using the onomatopoeic ZAP, PING, EXPLODE and SHOOT commands.
Plastic coated rubber keyboard
Standard Centronics interface
Chiclet keyboard

Oric Atmos

48K RAM
Full-travel ‘real’ keyboard