Calling all retro gaming fans: this news is about to make your year.
It has been announced that production is to start on a new version of the legendary gaming console, the ZX Spectrum.
SMS Electronics, based in Nottinghamshire, England will manufacture the new device called the Sinclair Spectrum Vega, with the console set to go on sale in April 2015.
The venture, is being backed by Sir Clive Sinclair who launched the original ZX Spectrum in 1982, reports the Nottingham Post.
During the 1980’s the ZX Spectrum was hugely popular, selling more than five million units.
The new Spectrum Vega will come with 1,000 games already installed, and the device will also be able to play all 14,000 of the original ZX Spectrum games, so you’ll be able to play all the classic titles such as R-Type, Jet Set Willy, A Day in the Life and Manic Miner, just to name a few.
Arrangements are also being made for some of the proceeds raised from software rights of the new Spectrum Vega to be donated to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London.
The first 1,000 devices has been financed by a crowd funding campaign which offered buyers the opportunity to have their names included in a roll honour on the device.
The device is expected to retail for around £100.
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Source: Nottingham Post
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