Leeroy ST Posted August 28, 2021 Share Posted August 28, 2021 (edited) Acorn had a limited (and unofficial?) Release in the US mostly due to concerns about gaining a foothold. But Amiga had a decent sized foothold in US being a professional media and games machine, and the Acorn Arc computers were arguably better media and game machines, more so for the latter. While the 1200 Amiga or the later CD32 struggled with complex 3D or post SNES style 2D games, the Acorn unit launched near the same time could run games like Star Fighter. Something iirc even the strongest expensive Amiga station couldn't do. Or at least not anywhere near as well. Acorn even started modern "complex" 3D games on home computers. Starting with the 1987 Zarch which was ported as Virus to ST, Amiga, and others in 1988. Replacing the more basic methods from before. It had good sound capabilities, good media software (though not as polished as Amiga) and ARM was a major advantage over the Amigas custom chip set for performance and efficiency, especially post 1989. I think if they launched the Arc in the US as a media (for professionals) and gaming computer it may have done well, or at least passable, selling 1-3 million. ARM also may have even been used across electronics more too, instead of its widespread use only really accelerating after post 2000s mobile electronics. Edited August 28, 2021 by Leeroy ST 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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