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Remodelled ZX Spectrum production set to begin
« on: 15 January 2015, 08:51:13 »
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The new ZX Spectrum Vega features an SD card slot and joypad controls
Nottinghamshire firm SMS Electronics will manufacture the Sinclair Spectrum Vega at its Beeston factory.

The machine, which has been developed by Luton-based Retro Computers, is due to go on sale in April.

Sir Clive Sinclair, who launched the original ZX Spectrum computer in 1982, is backing the venture.


Mark Goldby, managing director of SMS Electronics, said he was hoping for "big things" from the new machine.

He said: "I am absolutely delighted our company has been involved in this project.

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

"If you are a diehard graphics fiend then you are probably not going to get too excited - but this is all about the games, which are extremely addictive.

"We have a queue of technicians waiting for a chance to test it."

Production is set to start in February.

Although emulators exist to allow smartphones and computers to play Spectrum games, the Vega has the advantage of being easy to plug into a TV. It also comes pre-installed with software, meaning users do not have to hunt around on the net for titles that they are unlikely to have the rights to copy.

However, the machine lacks a built-in keyboard, offering an on-screen one instead. That makes it ill-suited for coding, unlike the original models


 

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