RETRO COMPUTERS has confirmed that the much anticipated ZX Spectrum Vega+ handheld console will arrive on 24 October.
The device will be available first to funders on Indiegogo via the InDemand phase. Despite breaking its funding target in just three days, Retro has continued to take orders and will do so right up until launch.
SMS Electronics has confirmed that it is all systems go for the launch. Andrew Maddock, CEO, said: "We are excited that the project is going ahead and will soon be in volume manufacture."
Despite its record-breaking crowdfunding campaign, which has seen the product go from zero to launch in six months, it has been mired in controversy as rumours about whether it would go ahead or not spread like wildfire.
As it is, the device, with its 1,000 preloaded ZX Spectrum games, will launch just three weeks after the end of September estimate, which is an acceptable margin of error in anyone's books.
Dr David Levy, chairman of Retro Computers, said: "For the past five months our company's new management team has spared no effort to bring the Vega+ into production under very difficult circumstances, and to secure Vega+ a sales and marketing agreement with a substantial company in the consumer electronics field.
"We are very confident that with the manufacturing strengths of SMS and the worldwide reach of our new sales and marketing partners, the Vega+ will be a huge and long-lived success."
Online retailers should also have the product in time for Christmas, although it was always going to be too late for bricks and mortar retailers.
Special editions in red, white or blue are exclusive to Indiegogo backers, alongside the standard black. Prices at prelaunch are £100.
There are also plans for a book to go with the launch looking at the trials, tribulations and triumphs, co-authored by Sir Clive Sinclair who has backed this version and its predecessor the Vega.
Another group recently announced its own enhanced version of the ZX Spectrum, the Spectrum Next, designed more to appeal to hobbyists, with a number of enhancements over the original as a starting point for more modern games and projects.
Meanwhile, mystery surrounds the fate of the Recreated ZX Spectrum from Elite which, despite being the only recreated device to fully resemble its predecessor, has been left as a Bluetooth brick after its apps and web interfaces were taken down in mysterious circumstances.
The Retro Computers team is able to give out an almighty 'told you so' as its handheld launches in just three weeks' time. µ
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