ZX Spectrum Vega

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ZX Spectrum Vega
Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega.jpg
The ZX Spectrum Vega
Developer Retro Computers
Manufacturer Retro Computers
Type Home video game console
Generation Eighth generation
Release date April 24, 2015
Media Internal flash memory, Micro SD Card

The ZX Spectrum Vega is a modern redesign of the ZX Spectrum in the form of a miniaturized TV game, that comes preloaded with several games from the platform, endorsed by Sir Clive Sinclair.

Hardware[edit]

Motherboard of the console.

The Vega mimics the look of the original 48k Spectrum computer[1], however, the keyboard that consisted of 40 rubber keys has been replaced in favour of a simplified layout consisting of only 13 buttons. On the left a segmented directional pad made of hard red plastic for movement, on the right are four grey rectangular rubber keys that are the same size and shape as the original keys, alongside four smaller square rubber buttons on the bottom, and in the centre lays the reset button. The Iconic rainbow strip that appeared on the bottom right corner of the original has been reduced to a small decal on the corner.

The console connects to the television via an rca composite cable, and uses a USB cable to draw power, both cables are hardwired to the back of the console. Since the console is meant to be held like a controller, the size of the unit has been reduced to fit in the hands, and the cables measure around 3 metres so it can be comfortably used with some distance between the screen and the user.

On the front, it contains a green LED to indicate the power is on, and a micro SD card slot for adding save files and more titles.

Software[edit]

This micro-console comes pre-loaded with 1000 titles.

Some notable titles include Jetpac by Ultimate Play the Game (Rare), the Horace series.

The console includes a menu to navigate and select games to play, and can be categorized by two categories, adventure and arcade. A third option allows to load games from a micro SD if one is inserted.

The system allows for one save-state in each game, but only when a micro SD is inserted.

History[edit]

In 2014, a £100 Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega retro video game console was announced by Retro Computers and crowdfunded on IndieGogo, with the apparent backing of Clive Sinclair as an investor,[2] but without a full keyboard and manufactured in a limited capacity.[3]

It was released on the 24 of April, 2015[4].

See also[edit]

ZX Spectrum Vega+

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RCN REVIEW: The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega". 23 February 2016.
  2. ^ Samuel Gibbs. "ZX Spectrum gets new lease of life.0000000 as Vega games console | Technology". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  3. ^ Kelion, Leo (2 December 2014). "Syntax era: Sir Clive Sinclair's ZX Spectrum revolution". BBC News. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega games consoles go up for sale".