The rubber-keyed icon of 80s gaming is set to make a comeback of sorts.
An IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign to resurrect the ZX spectrum has reached its funding goal within the first week.
The project headed by British company, Retro Computers Ltd. has raised the initial £100,000 required to produce the first 1000 units of a new machine called the Sinclair Spectrum Vega.
Essentially a Spectrum styled gaming console that connects to your TV, the Vega will come with over 1000 spectrum games already installed and is also capable of playing every Spectrum game ever made.
With official backing from Sir Clive Sinclair himself, the Vega has been developed by former Spectrum games developer and leading Spectrum expert Chris Smith, in a drive to bring back the classic games of the Spectrum days in a convenient modernised package.
At the time of writing the Vega IndieGoGo page shows the funding total has reached 111 per cent of its initial target with 58 days still to go on the campaign. If you’d like to make a pledge you can do so via this link. Donators can still gain additional gifts for financially supporting the project, such as a book documenting the creation of the Sinclair Spectrum Vega signed by Sir Clive.
Furthermore, Retro Computers Ltd is arranging with the owners of Spectrum games software rights to donate a combined software royalty to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Below is a promo video for the Sinclair Spectrum Vega.
While it's unclear when the first run of Vegas will be available, Retro Computers state that a shortlist of four UK manufacturers is being considered and that assembly will commence soon.