Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ gets an Indiegogo campaign

Just a few short months after Clive Sinclair's latest offering, the ZX Spectrum Vega, was released, the crowdfunding campaign for its successor has begun. The team at Retro Computers Ltd, with the backing of Sir Clive and Sky (now owners of Amstrad's intellectual property rights), have taken all the good stuff that went into the original Vega and added an 'increased colour palette', stereo sound and a built in LCD screen to make an improved and truly portable Sinclair experience.


I think it's fair to say the Vega had something of a mixed reception, at least from long-time Sinclair fans; it looks like the Vega+ may address some of these concerns, and while it does still lack a keyboard of its own, the developers are 'reviewing expansion options', which sounds positive at this stage.

They have done away with the rubber keys and original Speccy styling cues, and the concept design is very sleek and contemporary - but being designed by original Sinclair designer Rick Dickinson, it's still true to the brand, and in this writer's opinion, it's a nice looking piece of hardware.

The Vega+ will come with 1000 games pre-loaded, with the capacity to add from your own collection via the micro SD slot; and crowdfunders can, if they wish, choose a red, white or blue base instead of the traditional Sinclair black.

As I write this the indiegogo campaign has topped £15,000 with 155 backers, and still has a month to run. I won't be surprised to see these in Argos come Christmas 2016...

Full details on the funding page.

by Steve Trower

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