The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega is a Kickstarter-style attempt to resurrect the wonderful computer from the 1980s which gave me many a happy hour of gaming, the ZX Spectrum. However, while you can still buy those relatively cheaply, Retro Computers Ltd have got the backing from Sir Clive Sinclair himself to make a new-style version but aimed more at the handheld market.
And while it’s meant to be able to play all of the games available for the ZX Spectrum, the picture shows just one thing missing… a lot of keys. Yes, while most games require the basic up/down/left/right/fire, adventure games like The Hobbit need a keyboard so you can type instructions, and the only way you’ll be able to do that with The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega is to use the onscreen keyboard. Erm… I think I’ll pass.
And the price? £100 for the initial limited edition, with cheaper versions to follow later. It will come complete with 1000 games and you can load more onto it via the SD card slot.
So far, the project has raised £56k out of its £100,000, but I’ll pass. Since I no longer have a ZX Spectrum computer, I’ll stick with an emulator on my PC. Zero is my emulator of choice.
Click on the image for the full-size version, and for more info, go to the Indiegogo website, and check out the promotional video below:
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