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Meet the ZX Spectrum Vega: 80s computing nostalgia revived for charity


Sir Clive Sinclair is bringing a classic of 80s computing back to life in a new form via IndieGoGo. A new version of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum — the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega — has been designed by Retro Computers, a Luton-based startup that counts Sir Clive among its investors.

Like the original Spectrum, the ZX Spectrum Vega plugs in directly to your TV but thanks to the huge leaps in storage and processor design in the intervening years it’s got space for all of the 14,000+ original Spectrum games.

The first 1,000 Spectrum Vega models will be built in the UK and cost $157 (£100). All proceeds from the project will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. The new model comes preloaded with 1,000 games. Retro Games promises more titles will be available to download free online.

The team behind the project also says that the price of the ZX Spectrum Vega will drop if it gets to produce further manufacturing runs. But it still has a long way to go.

At the time of writing, the campaign had pulled in just £1,876 of its £100,000 target but with 60 days to go, there’s still plenty of time for nostalgic gamers to jump on board. If it hits its goal, the first ZX Spectrum Vega models will ship in April 2015.

You can take a closer look at the new ZX Spectrum in the pleasingly retro ad below:

➤ Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega [IndieGoGo]





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Published December 2, 2014 — 11:12 UTC

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