IndieGoGo Crowdfunder: ZX Spectrum being re-released as a game console

Discussion in 'Console Games' started by duncyboy, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. duncyboy macrumors 6502a

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    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sinclair-zx-spectrum-vega#home

    http://www.retro-computers.co.uk/products/

    The ZX Spectrum, an all time favourite from my childhood, is being released as an ARM-powered games console.

    Basically resembling a large, 80's joypad, it plugs directly into your TV and will contain 1000 games at launch with support for more via SD Card expansion.

    They claim it will play any Spectrum game and can emulate all models including some of the later Amstrad machines. Keyboard support won't count though, it only appears to have a D-Pad and 4 buttons.

    Even so, very excited by this. Shame it's Christmas, but I'm definitely contributing in January :eek:
     
  2. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Oh heavens no. That controller looks uncomfy as sin, downloading "any Spectrum game off the internet" sounds like piracy to me, and it's overpriced. For £50 I'd try one out, for £100 they're having a laugh.

    The ZX Spectrum+ was my first games machine. Would love a proper one with a full keyboard and USB controller support.
     
  3. duncyboy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I must admit my enthusiasm has dipped the more I think about it.

    Half the games I used to love need the keyboard in one way or another. Surely a keyboard based console with a separate pad would be do-able and more successful?

    £100 is too steep. That prices it alongside 'proper' consoles like the Ouya and you could pick up a Fire TV or a Raspberry Pi and make a RetroPi for about £35.

    A shame because there's a veritable treasure trove of retro classics on the old Speccy. Such happy days.
     
  4. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    They should have made this an app, not a console.
     
  5. Dagless macrumors Core

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    From the sounds of it the funding campaign only extends to the first 1000 units (to cover costs). I imagine it'll either drop to a more reasonable price once it's officially on sale.

    Would love to see something like this http://www.larrysworld.com/commodore-64-makes-a-comeback/. Just a system on a chip, keyboard and a bunch of ports for controllers+TV output emulating those old games.

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    Already is one for iOS! It's not bad either. Should definitely be on Steam/Mac App Store too.
     

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