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Childhood is Reborn with Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega on IndieGoGo

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Welcome to the latest instalment of our new infrequent feature which we’re calling Techstarters. Through these articles the Gadget Helpline will introduce you to some of the ground-breaking and head-scratching technical discoveries hoping to gain financial backing on Kickstarter and similar crowd-funding websites.

Today’s is one for the nostalgic gamers, and you’d better believe the Sinclair ZX Spectrum is looking to make a comeback via IndieGoGo thanks to Luton-based indie company Retro Computers Ltd. and the originator of the 80s games machine, Sir Clive Sinclair himself!

The new Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega, as it is named after its forefather, is stylised much like Britain’s best-selling pre-console gaming computer from three decades ago, only it throws out the full keyboard and tape deck and keeps just the buttons you need for game play, also adding a nifty directional pad like you’d get on a PlayStation or Xbox.

No tape deck? But how does it play your vintage library of cassettes, you might wonder? Despite its throwback style, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega is actually quite with the times. It plugs directly into any TV, coming loaded with 1000 (yes, 1000) of your favourites Speccy classics and more can be loaded via the handy SD card slot. The Vega can handle at least all 14,000+ of the original ZX titles and Retro Computer will release additional games in the future, free of charge. You don’t even have to wait an hour for them to install to your hard drive!

Now that we have your interest, you’ll want to know how much. Back in the day a Sinclair ZX came with a generous 16k or 48k of RAM and cost around £300 entry point without a single game. You can now buy back your childhood with a pledge of just £100 on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega IndieGoGo site where 1,000 will be made with all proceeds going to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. What’s not to love about this project?