HARDWAREJOYSTICKS ★ MICRO ACE ★

Joystick - Micro Ace|Amstrad Computer User)Hardware Joysticks
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Next in the firing line was the Pro Ace's big brother, the Micro Ace. It looks very similar, the only visual difference being the tastefully done but oh-so-bright red colour of the shaft as opposed to the Pro's mean black. Buried inside is the main change - microswitches instead of leaf switches.

Microswitches are designed as sealed units, and are both more reliable and more accurate than their poor tree-borne cousins. Arcade games the world over use microswitches in their joystick units for these very reasons, and the Micro Ace feels not dissimilar to many a games console. The biggest plusses are feedback - there's a reassuring click that can be felt as well as heard - and a more responsive, less musclebound feel as the shaft travels much less in changing direction.

It still needs a fair flick o'the wrist to move yer marble or spin yer starship, but this time it's not so bad as to nobble nimbleness. It's also feasable to handhold this one, and in this mode it acquitted itself well with all three games. Construction is again solid and bombproof, and this is a stick which should be given some serious thought by the avid gamester.

ACU #8609

★ PUBLISHER(S): ???
★ YEAR: 1986

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L'Amstrad CPC est une machine 8 bits à base d'un Z80 à 4MHz. Le premier de la gamme fut le CPC 464 en 1984, équipé d'un lecteur de cassettes intégré il se plaçait en concurrent  du Commodore C64 beaucoup plus compliqué à utiliser et plus cher. Ce fut un réel succès et sorti cette même années le CPC 664 équipé d'un lecteur de disquettes trois pouces intégré. Sa vie fut de courte durée puisqu'en 1985 il fut remplacé par le CPC 6128 qui était plus compact, plus soigné et surtout qui avait 128Ko de RAM au lieu de 64Ko.