When I was a kid, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum was a cool computer to own. Many a wasted hour was spent playing too many games then I care to recount. Those days are sadly long gone…Or are they? Sir Clive Sinclair is resurrecting the now classic 80s computer back to life via crowdfunding website IndieGoGo. The new version of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum will be called the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega. This new gadget has been designed by a Luton-based startup, Retro Computers. The startup and design has full backing by Sinclair himself as he is among the startup’s investors.
Just the same as the original ZX Spectrum, the ZX Spectrum Vega will plug directly into your TV. The really cool things about the new machine is its massive storage capacity and updated design. Now the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega has got space for all of the 14,000+ original Spectrum games. The new model will come preloaded with 1,000 games. Retro Games have promised more titles will be available to download free online.
The first 1,000 Spectrum Vega machines will be constructed in the UK and cost you $157 (£100). One of the great things about this project is that all proceeds from the project are going to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
Interestingly, the team behind the project have also said the price of the ZX Spectrum Vega will drop if they are allowed to produce further manufacturing runs. Obviously the project still has a long way to go.
You can take a closer look at the new ZX Spectrum Vega in this video:
Currently, the campaign has managed to pull in 114% of it’s goal of £100,000 and there is still bags of time left to go. So what are you waiting for? There is still time for you to let out your inner retro gamer! And you shouldn’t have too long to wait for your device as the first ZX Spectrum Vega models will ship in April 2015.
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