British home computer honoured with a Google doodle

ZX Spectrum celebrates 30th anniversary

Today marks the 30th anniversary since the invention of Clive Sinclair’s seminal home computer, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

To honour the device and its impact on the development of home computing, the device has been honoured with a Google doodle depicting George and the Dragon (as it’s also St. George’s Day) in 8-bit graphics.

Predated by the ZX80 and ZX81, the ZX Spectrum was the third device to have been made by Sinclair, but it was the first to be aimed at the home market. On release, it was available in two models, the 16KB which cost £125 and the 48KB which cost £175 and was marketed against the BBC Micro.

Since then, the device has achieved cult status with over 23,000 software titles released for the platform (including 90 made in 2010) and earned its creator Clive Sinclair a knighthood for ‘services to computing’.

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