Acorn Electron

Released in 1983, the Acorn Electron is a cost-reduced version of the BBC Micro.

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System Overview
Acorn Electron on eBay
Best Acorn Electron Emulators
Raspberry Pi Acorn Electron Emulation

System Overview

With the BBC Micro being focussed primarily towards schools, Acorn decided an affordable system could be successful with home users.

Very much in competition with Sinclair and the ZX Spectrum, Acorn aggressively competed with the ZX Spectrum.

Acorns Electron utilises a MOS 6502A CPU and has 32kb RAM as standard. One attractive feature is the inclusion of composite and RGB outputs, meaning crisp visuals could be achieved on dedicated monitors.

Ultimately, the Electron was not as well supported in terms of software as the C64 and ZX Spectrum. Many BBC Micro developers also crossed over providing software support.

Sales were healthy enough to give it life up until the early 1990s. It is often overlooked, but really should be considered as the runner-up behind the C64, ZX Spectrum & Amstrad CPC.

Acorn Electron
The Acorn Electron

WHERE TO BUY THE Acorn Electron

How to Emulate this system?

Due to the Acorn Electron being more niche than many popular systems, emulators are a little harder to come by. This is especially the case when looking at all in one solutions such as RetroArch. There are however options available to allow you to emulate the Acorn Electron and relive those memories. Take a look at the options below:

Emulator Description Platform
Elkulator Elkulator is an Acorn Electron emulator for Windows & Linux. Windows / Linux

Raspberry Pi Acorn Electron Emulator

The Raspberry Pi is a compact single board computer which has become very popular for emulating retro computers and consoles. You can buy the Pi very cheaply and has a whole community supporting and building accessories and applications that are compatible with.

Significantly, for Retro Gaming enthusiasts, the Raspberry Pi offers fantastic all round emulation of many systems. It offers the ability to play Acorn Electron games on HDTVs via HDMI or older CRT TVs via composite outputs. Combining the Raspberry Pi with Retropie, you have a device capable of emulating anything from the Atari 2600 to the Sony PlayStation.

Check out the different Raspberry Pi packages you can pick up on Amazon using the button below.

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