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The classic ZX Spectrum is being re-released as a handheld device

The company behind it is trying to raise €130,000 to fund the project, which will include 1,000 games installed on the device.

Image: Retro Computers/IndieGogo

ONE OF THE classic computers of the 80s is making a comeback as a handheld gaming device.

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ Console, which is being developed by Retro Computers, is looking to raise €130,000 (£100,000) through the crowdfunding platform IndieGoGo.

Based on the original ZX Spectrum computer, the Vega+ is backed by the computer’s original creator, Sir Clive Sinclair.

The look of the handheld is similar to many modern handheld consoles like the PS Vita, but will come with 1,000 games installed on the device. It will also be compatible with as many as 14,000 ZX Spectrum games out there, and has a microSD slot for expanded storage.

“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 … by replacing most of the electronics in the early Sinclair computer products,” says the company.

The cost for one will be £100 (€129) and the campaign has raised more than €38,000 so far within its first day.

Sinclair handheld Source: Retro Computers/YouTube

The same company was responsible for releasing a modern version of the classic Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer at the end of 2014.

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The device, which plugs straight into your TV, also came with 1,000 games preloaded and raised £155,000 (€200,000) in total through IndieGoGo.

Although if that’s a little too expensive for your tastes, you can always play some ZX Spectrum games on your browser through the Internet Archive.

Source: Retro Computers/YouTube

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