The champagne corks are popping down at Sir Clive Sinclair's Retro Computers after an Indiegogo tin-rattle to raise funds for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ passed its deadline with more than £360,000 pledged.
The exact total raised during the 40-day campaign was £366,655 - 367 per cent of the original target required to produce "the world's only hand-held LCD games console with 1,000 licensed games* inside that can also connect to your TV!!".
Retro Computers elaborates: "The Vega+ is based on his hugely successful Spectrum products of the early 1980s. The Vega+ is the only games console that exists with 1,000 licensed games already included and with an LCD for you to use on the go. This launch follows the huge public and media support of the initial Vega product last year, and is the next step in the evolution of the Vega."
The company's chairman, Dr David Levy, said of the crowdfunding triumph: "All of us at Retro Computers Ltd are absolutely over the moon at the great response we've received to our latest Indiegogo campaign. It proves that Sir Clive's Spectrum computer is very much alive and well in its latest incarnation, the Vega+, and that Rick Dickinson's great design concept for the product has masses of appeal."
Rick Dickinson is, of course, the designer of the original ZX Spectrum computers. Chris Smith - described as "the world's leading expert on Sinclair Spectrum technology and author of the definitive technical book The ZX Spectrum ULA: How to design a microcomputer - is responsible for the console's development, benefiting from "major advances in technology to achieve big cost savings, by replacing most of the electronics in the early Sinclair computer products".
The Vega+ will be manufactured by SMS Electronics Ltd. The first production run should be delivered to backers in September. ®
*We're assured that the Vega+ will run "every Spectrum game that exists, 14,000 or more of them from the past, most of which were developed during the years when some 5 million of the original Sinclair ZX Spectrum were being sold".