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Sinclair ZX Spectrum reborn as a retro console

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The Sinclair Vega is based on the ZX Spectrum personal home computer from the 1980s
The Sinclair Vega is based on the ZX Spectrum personal home computer from the 1980s
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The Sinclair Vega is based on the ZX Spectrum personal home computer from the 1980s
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The Sinclair Vega is based on the ZX Spectrum personal home computer from the 1980s
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The Sinclair Vega is based on the ZX Spectrum personal home computer from the 1980s

For those who enjoyed classic games like Chuckie Egg and Elite, little can compare to the nostalgia that Sir Clive Sinclair's ZX Spectrum home computer invokes. The venerable "Speccy" made a big impact on the UK home computer scene back in the 1980s and an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign aims to launch a new console based on the original 8-bit PC that's endorsed by Sir Clive himself.

Launched by Retro Gaming, a company which includes Sir Clive Sinclair in its ranks, the Sinclair Spectrum Vega retains the basic styling of its illustrious forbear, but instead of keys sports a joypad. It's powered by an ARM processor and contains a memory chip and Flash storage which packs an impressive 1,000 pre-loaded Spectrum games. According to Retro Gaming, the Vega should also be compatible with the Spectrum's remaining catalog of games.

Once the Vega is connected to a TV, the pre-loaded games are accessed by a menu-based system. New games can also be loaded via SD card, though since most Spectrum games were loaded on cassette, we're not sure exactly how this would work – perhaps Retro Gaming intends to make them available for download somehow.

Retro Gaming says that development is complete, and the firm hopes to track down former Spectrum game developers and get permission to use their games on the Vega. An undisclosed software royalty will be donated in their honor to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

As of writing, the cheapest remaining pledge point for a Vega is £100 (US$156). If all goes well with production, delivery is estimated at April 2015.

The charming pitch video below shows a little more info on the project.

Sources: Retro Computers, Indiegogo

Sinclair Spectrum ZX Vega advert

3 comments
BigGoofyGuy
I think that is a really creative idea. It is cool in a retro way.
There is also a series by Ben Heck that shows how he re-created it. It had three parts. The link was after the video on this page had played. It was The Ben Heck Show supported by Element 14. Perhaps it shows how it could be done by this group?
moreover
Ah, the memories... The Sinclair QL was my first computer, looked like merely a keyboard but had slots for two mini tape cartridges on the side, one for the software, one for data. I produced an entire newsletter on it in its day. In retrospect amazing with how little storage (100KB per cartridge) one could still do actual work.
Vasil Lisitsin
Just look at AVR ZX Spectrum:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4JQdIvJunI - Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDgPE6_XmFs - Video
http://meandr.org/archives/21451 -
http://zx-pk.ru/showthread.php?t=23671 - Forum
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12408899/V2_0%20support.zip - Technical information
It was developed about 3 years ago, before VEGA!