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The end of 8-bit

Here’s a little list of some popular 8-bit systems, and when they were discontinued:

  • Amstrad CPC: 1990
  • Atari 8-bit: January 1992
  • Sinclair ZX Spectrum: 1992
  • Apple II: November 1993
  • Commodore 64: April 1994
  • BBC Micro: 1994
  • MSX: 1995

The demise of these platforms, which had dominated much of the 80s, happened within a relatively short time. It’s interesting that the demise of the classic 16-bit platforms (Amiga, Atari ST, Apple IIGS, Acorn Archimedes) happened mostly in the same time span, not later. The Amiga is the only exception, since Escom continued it to 1997.


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