CELEBRITY GINGER and omelette in waiting (that's un oeuf egghead jokes. Ed.) Sir Clive Sinclair has cracked another funding target (OK, that one was in the press release) for his forthcoming Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ console.
The handheld Spectrum emulator has raised £300,000 on Indiegogo in just three weeks, keeping the momentum of its target-smashing first week. There's another three weeks of campaigning left and plans for a referral scheme due to be announced to bolster it still further.
The original £100,000 target was smashed in just 48 hours, allowing Retro Computers, the Sir Clive-backed company behind the Vega+ and its predecessor the Vega, to make preparations for the second mass production run. This means that applicable backers will get their units very quickly after the six-week funding period.
There are also special editions and other perks available, including red, white and blue cases in addition to the classic black.
Like the original Vega released last year, the Vega+ will come with 1,000+ games, including classics such as Skool Daze and all three Horace games, along with a fourth written by the burgeoning group of programmers who are still creating for the 34-year-old machine.
In addition, there's an SD card slot that allows owners to add their own games from the 14,000 or so available on the web.
Sir Clive said that the success of the original Spectrum was down to the fact that “it was adaptable, approachable, very easy to program, and simple to use”.
Of the Vega+ Sir Clive added: “The present surge of interest in retro products inspired me to plan the Vega+ as a handy games console which can be played anywhere.”
The original Spectrum Vega, which connects to a television via cable, battled it out with the rival Recreated ZX Spectrum last Christmas. Elite, the team behind the latter, claimed victory with sales of "several to one" over the Vega on Amazon.
However, this new device seems to have captured the hearts of retro gamers incredibly quickly and could tip the balance. That said, the Recreated ZX Spectrum has applications beyond gaming, carrying a full keyboard and a full ZX Basic emulator. µ
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