The TRS80 Gaming site is named after the TRS-80 computer. It’s a computer from 1977 that was created by Tandy and sold through RadioShack. The TRS-80 Model 4 was released in April 1983 and featured a 4 MHz CPU, an 80×24 column display, and 128KB of RAM. Wow. That’s nothing like today’s computers but for the earlier days, it was an awesome and fun machine.
In honor of the TRS-80 name and where our gaming site’s name comes from, here is a list of TRS-80 emulators! Some of them will work on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. There’s also an emulator that works on Android.
SDLTRS emulates TRS-80 models I, III, 4 and 4P. It runs on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. It supports copy/paste from the emulator to the host operating system (making it convenient to type commands in your computer to copy over to the TRS80) and it has full-screen display so you can play Pyramid 2000 the right way.
trs80gp is one of the better emulators for TRS-80, with the author having been able to create a GIF viewer and a video player for it! As you play games on the trs80gp emulator, you can capture the screen into a GIF or AVI and capture the audio into a WAV. So you can post videos on YouTube later on of you playing old school TRS-80 games.
In fact, the author of trs80gp used a REAL, non-emulated TRS-80 to load up the Doctor Who TV show introduction! Click here to read all about how it was done.
The Sharp80 is a Windows-based emulator for the TRS-80. It’s pretty awesome and very simple to get started with.
TRS80 on Android
If you have an Android smartphone, there is an emulator available for the TRS-80 models 1 and 3. Click here to download it from the Google Play Store. Play some retro games on your modern pocket computer.