The ZX Spectrum locally reborn!

Some good local news for some pioneering 8-bit old tech reborn anew:

Remodelled ZX Spectrum production set to begin

Production is set to start on a remodelled version of the ZX Spectrum, which will come pre-installed with 1,000 classic game titles.

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…

 

ZX Spectrum computers from the 1980s to be made again in Beeston

… Five million of the original ZX Spectrum, first manufactured by Sinclair Computers in 1982, were sold.

SMS Electronics Ltd, based in Technology Drive, has now been chosen out of 20 manufacturers to reproduce the console…

… The new device will be called the Sinclair Spectrum Vega and will have the same look and feel as the original. More than 1,000 classic games will be pre-installed and the console is expected to sell for less than £100…

 

Retro frenzy builds as Beeston firm is chosen for ZX Spectrum revival

… “I remember the Hobbit game,” said the teacher for the Open University, whose love of technology inspired her to name her three-year-old daughter Ada after pioneering computer programmer Ada Lovelace.

Mrs Snarey, married to IT worker Fin, 35, said she was proud that Beeston had been chosen to help re-ignite the retro gaming industry.said: ‘‘Beeston is a lovely community and I think this move fits in with the quirkiness of the town. I like the idea that Beeston is going to be a bit of a technology hub.”…

 

And just for fun from the days of such a diminutive machine:

Coder creates smallest chess game for computers

A French coder has developed what is thought to be the smallest-sized chess computer program.

BootChess is only 487 bytes in size, and the code can be run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers.

That makes it smaller than 1K ZX Chess – a Sinclair ZX81 computer game, which contained 672 bytes of code and had held the record for 33 years…

 

Hasn’t Beeston’s Technology Drive always been the gateway to a pretty big “technology hub”?…

And I wonder how many old ZX-80/81/Spectrum machines are lost in various attics/lofts?… Do people still hack assembler?!

Or all a game of MAME-on? 😛

Happy hacking!
Martin

(NB: “Hacking” here is used in the traditional sense for ‘making something work’…)

2 comments to The ZX Spectrum locally reborn!

  • Martin L

    I wonder if you’ll find an old original Spectrum and the new Vega in the new ‘Cathedral of video games’ opening here Sat 28/03/2015:

    National Videogame Arcade opens in Nottingham

    The UK’s first national centre dedicated to the art and culture of videogames opens this weekend.

    The £2.5m National Videogame Arcade (NVA), in Nottingham, celebrates the industry through interactive exhibits and vintage arcade machines. The NVA follows the success of Game City, an annual videogame festival held in Nottingham since 2006…

    … The centre lies in the heart of Nottingham’s creative quarter, in Hockley. It has five floors and boasts vintage arcade machines, interactive exhibits, a cinema, cafe and an education space.

    Jonathan Smith, one of the centre’s directors, said the building would be a “cathedral” for the art form and a unique visitor attraction…

    See: GameCity and The National Videogame Arcade – The Story So Far

    Game on! 🙂

  • Martin L

    Retro redeveloped and re-forked?… The story continues:

    Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph … ZX Spectrum Vega+ console

    Sir Clive Sinclair has in just three days tin-rattled his way to over £160,000 towards production of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+, described breathlessly as “the world’s only hand-held LCD games console with 1,000 licensed games inside that can also connect to your TV!!”…

    … The Indiegogo blurb says:

    In this new conception of what a games player wants from their games console, our design team has taken advantage of major advances in technology to achieve big cost savings, by replacing most of the electronics in the early Sinclair computer products.

    Instead we have chosen a fast but low cost micro-controller with software designed and developed by a leading world expert on Sinclair Spectrum technology. Our software is used in clever ways, allowing us to build this exciting product which can run every Spectrum game that exists, 14,000 or more of them from the past…

    Quite a blast from the past re-imagined!

    Game on!!! 🙂

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