Joystick interfaces & Rare Orics
|Joystick Interfaces for the Oric.
The Oric was released just about when joysticks started to become really popular. Having not included a joystick interface in the original hardware, third party companies had to resort to creating ones that would fit in either the printer port or the expansion port. If you use the printer port you'll find clashes with sound, because the the sound chip is linked to the 6522 VIA. If you use the expansion port then it pretty much rules out using a disk drive.
Oric eventually brought out their own interface and joystick. The joystick was a bit poor not having a trigger switch. They are quite rare now and worth hanging on to if you managed to get hold of one. Get a proper one for playing games though :-)
I would recommend using the Oric cursor keys which had a great layout. Wiggling a joystick can be fun ! So, for those that would like to try games like, Attack of the Cybermen, Dambusters, Loki, Zebbie, Damsel in Distress, Playground 21, Gubbie, Roland Garros and Two-Gun Turtle, (which I achieved the hi-score on using a joystick), then here's some info to get your interface working.
Downsway Programmable Interface
Are there any rare Orics ?
Well yes. The Oric-1 was released
in 16K and 48K forms, but most people got the 48K model and so the 16K
model is something of a rarity.
ATMOSES ? 16K Atmoses were supposed to have been released, but
I've never heard
of anyone having one and I've never seen one. Similarly 32K Orics were
pipeline, but as far as I know there were none made. If you know
better, get in touch !
motherboard PICTURE - 342 Kb
TELESTRAT I guess you could include the Telestrat here. Early English
models are very rare. The Telestrat/
Stratos/ IQ 64 never sold too well due to
Oric's downfall in the UK. There were, allegedly, a few Stratos
machines produced before the French took over the project and
refined tweaked the design to become the Telestrat. I intend to add a
page about them sometime.
The last mention is for a Pravetz - an Oric clone. They
dont' appear to be a model that was actually manufactured by Oric
so I'm not sure if they count (?)
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