A CUTDOWN version of the Sinclair Spectrum 48K is gracing the pages of Indiegogo and its developers are asking for £100,000 in financial backing.
The pictured Spectrum 48K model is a prototype and should not be considered the final design.
However, it does suggest a rather radical approach to keyboards and gives the impression that the Vega, which is the new model's name, will be a retro games machine.
The developers, someone called Sir Clive Sinclair and an outfit called Retro Computers, in which Sinclair Research Ltd is an investor, say on the Indiegogo page that contacts are being made with original Spectrum games with a view to releasing the most comprehensive catalogue of titles possible.
"The Vega is a culmination of many years of work and perseverance by our team, who have come together to create something special that resonates with those who grew up with the original Sinclair Spectrum, as well as being accessible to today's gamers who are looking for some nostalgic gameplay while having the ease of use of modern technology at an incredibly low price," says the Indiegogo listing.
Entry level bids, with a guaranteed Vega hardware unit, start at £100.
The console will launch with around 1,000 games pre-installed and should support every single title ever released for the Spectrum. These are legion.
The project has raised £6,377 towards its £100,000 target in just one day. The campaign runs until the end of January, and a proportion of Vega profits will be given to Great Ormond Street Hospital. µ
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