ZX Spectrum remake goes on sale this April

ZX Spectrum Vega

Fancy revisiting classic Spectrum era games on your flatscreen TV?

The iconic 1980’s gaming PC the ZX Spectrum is to make a return this year as the remodelled ZX Spectrum Vega.

Production is to be undertaken by Nottinghamshire firm SMS Electronics who have been selected by designers Retro Computers, following a successful crowdsourcing campaign to fund the first run of 1,000 units.

SMS Electronics’ MD Mark Goldby said he was he was hoping for "big things" from the new console.

"I am absolutely delighted our company has been involved in this project.” he said.

"If it sells anywhere near as well as the original ZX Spectrum that could bring massive employment opportunities for us here.”

Indeed, the original ZX Spectrum sold in excess of 5 million units back in the 80’s, although production of the Vega will be on a much lower scale to start with. Following the initial run of 1,000 due to arrive April , a further 3,000 will be made in a second limited edition run (expected in June) with batches of 10,000 planned thereafter.

The Vega will hook up to your TV and come pre-loaded with over 1,000 Spectrum titles and also has the ability to play any pre-existing ZX Spectrum games. This machine is all about the games though, as although styled to look like the rubber-keyed original, there will be no keyboard, (offering an on screen one instead) making the machine less suited to coding.

Production of the Vega is set to begin in February, it’s expected to have a list price of just under £100 when it goes on sale in April 2015.

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