The ZX Spectrum was a big part of my childhood in the UK. Bought from Dixons and many hours spent playing on it with family. So when news of the ZX Spectrum Next came around, we were as excited as we were when we brought the original machine home.
The new machine is compatible with the software and hardware of the original machine plus brings more modern features like HDMI out, SD Card slot. You can even pledge for the ZX Spectrum Next Plus which adds real time clock and is Wi-Fi enabled .
The machine looks amazing and that is thanks to the design by the original designer, Rick Dickinson, inspired by his seminal work at Sinclair Research.
With 29 days left, the campaign is looking to raise £250,000 / $320,174 and has already reached over £200,000 / $260,000.
The machine specs read as:
- Processor: Z80 3.5Mhz and 7Mhz modes
- Memory: 512Kb RAM (expandable to 1.5Mb internally and 2.5Mb externally)
- Video: Hardware sprites, 256 colours mode, Timex 8×1 mode etc.
- Video Output: RGB, VGA, HDMI
- Storage: SD Card slot, with DivMMC-compatible protocol
- Audio: 3x AY-3-8912 audio chips with stereo output + FM sound
- Joystick: DB9 compatible with Cursor, Kempston and Interface 2 protocols (selectable)
- PS/2 port: Mouse with Kempston mode emulation and an external keyboard
- Special: Multiface functionality for memory access, savegames, cheats etc.
- Tape support: Mic and Ear ports for tape loading and saving
- Expansion: Original external bus expansion port and accelerator expansion port
- Accelerator board (optional): GPU / 1Ghz CPU / 512Mb RAM
- Network (optional): Wi Fi module
- Extras: Real Time Clock (optional), internal speaker (optional)Â
If you are interested in pledging to the ZX Spectrum Next, head over to the Kickstarter campaign.
Disclaimer, we have personally backed this project.