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Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ makes the retro console portable


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Let the nostalgia commence

Last year's retro-tastic ZX Spectrum Vega had us going all nostalgic over Manic Miner. Now its makers have gone one better and made it portable.

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ has just hit Indiegogo, and it looks a little like a PlayStation Vita. It has its own screen, so you can play games on the bus. And with 1,000 officially licensed games preloaded, there's plenty to keep you busy.

There's also a microSD card slot, for loading on even more games. You'll never have a dull journey again.

If you want to game on the big screen, you can plug it into your TV and enjoy a more authentic experience. (Though we didn't have a 42-inch flatscreen in the early 80s. Rather a boxy black and white set that went on the blink every time it rained.)

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We gave the original Spectrum Vega seven out of 10 in our review. While it was easy to set up and use, and again came preloaded with 1,000 games, the build quality let it down somewhat. The Vega+ model looks altogether glossier, though it is just a concept at the moment. Let's hope it fares a little better.

It can be yours for £100 – that gets you a black model called The Clive, after Sir Clive Sinclair himself, the man behind the original Spectrum. You can also pick it up in red, white or blue for the same price. £250 gets you a ticket to the launch party, while £175 will see you bag a place on a factory tour. It'll ship in September this year.


February 16, 2016, 6:43 pm

It being an LCD screen worries me. Any decent screen they could use will put the price of this device outside what most will feel happy paying. Mainly because it's only going to be produced in relatively small numbers (and manufactured in an expensive UK) so i can see them having trouble keeping the price down.


February 19, 2016, 8:32 am

I'm interested, but what games is it going to have on it? I've seen that you'll be able to put your own games on it, but how? I have all kinds of ROMs but what will work on it? Can't find this information anywhere....

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