Spectrum's Clive Sinclair releases new console!

4 December 2014

People of a certain age may be about to make a mess of themselves as Sir Clive Sinclair, the man behind the revolutionary ZX Specrum, is at it again, bring us the ZX Spectrum Vega.

So what does it do?

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Well, this little device will enable you to play all 14,000+ games that were developed for the original ZX Spectrum, but thanks to modern circuitry and technology, the innards have been replaced, which means the Vega has shown "big cost savings" during manufacturing.

The console itself comes with roughly 1,000 games built-in and it plugs straight into your telly. How much? Well, it will, according to the makers, cost "well below £100" and, better yet, 10% of the sales price will go straight to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. That's nice isn't it?

Sinclair says: "I have been thinking about this idea [to bring the Spectrum back] for 15 years or so, because so many people I met and articles I read were telling me that the Spectrum had made a big difference to their lives."

"Also in Russia, until recent years at least, the Spectrum was the most plentiful computer in the country, which made me realise that even nowadays the Spectrum is a great-value product."

"In the 1980s it was necessary for computer enthusiasts to spend quite a lot if they wanted to build up a good-sized library of games, but with the current technology we can provide the games free, already in the Vega’s memory, and we can give away more games later."

"The most serious games enthusiasts might buy both a Vega and a modern-day console. For them the Vega would be an extra console on which they can replay some of the games from their youth. I also believe that the inclusion of around 1,000 games in the Vega makes it such good value that many people who do not want to spend the cost of a modern games console plus the cost of a range of games will buy the Vega instead."

The project has already passed the £100,000 needed for production via Indiegogo. Have a look at it below.

TOPICS:   Technology   Games

6 comments

  • Father J.
    Well below £100? I'd be interested if it was £25, but no more.
  • FooFan73
    Sorry Sir Clive but I already own a tablet, mini HDMI cable and a Bluetooth game pad which lets me play all Speccy, Mega Drive and PS1 games on my TV
  • Wayne
    If they are going to do a Spectrum, at least do one that's useable. This model doesn't have enough keys to allow you to play many of the games. People would be better off buying a Raspberry Pi and running an emulator. It would work out a lot cheaper!
  • jmecks
    Will it be ready for 1st April 2015?
  • jim
    lol i paid over 100 quid when the first spectrum came out - jog on m8
  • Martin
    No mention of the fact that they haven't got permission to include all those games from the original creators either.

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