ZX Spectrum to be Officially Relaunched in Honor of its 30th Anniversary in 2012!

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Mock-up of ZX Spectrum Re-releaseMock-up of ZX Spectrum Re-releaseWell, this is great news for fans of retro computers. One of the most prolific original developers for the ZX Spectrum back in the day, Elite, will be reissuing the platform in honor of its 30th anniversary in 2012. Though little known outside of Europe, the ZX Spectrum was one of the most popular computers of the 1980s in the UK, rivaling the worldwide sales leader, the Commodore 64, for overall popularity. While there are few details about what form the new iteration of the computer will take - some say it will essentially just be a bluetooth keyboard for use with emulators - it's still a fascinating experiment in nostalgia, one we hope is successful so additional platforms might follow suit. If you're curious to learn more about the ZX Spectrum, our own Mark Vergeer has recently posted some videos (here and here) for your enjoyment.

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Nous
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I wonder if it's a software

I wonder if it's a software (emulated) sort of re-release or genuine hardware. This is really cool either way.

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Who knows?
Nous wrote:

I wonder if it's a software (emulated) sort of re-release or genuine hardware. This is really cool either way.

It would be wonderful if it were real hardware, but I bet it's just a dumb terminal-like device that then has to rely on another system running an emulator to power it. Kind of silly them being so vague...

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The article states...

The article states it may only be a Bluetooth keyboard looking like a spectrum working in conjunction with an iPhone.

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There's a market for that
Mark Vergeer wrote:

The article states it may only be a Bluetooth keyboard looking like a spectrum working in conjunction with an iPhone.

It's interesting though, we have C64, Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, etc "plug and play" TV games, but nothing for the ZX Spectrum! I always thought there's a market for that especially in the UK and Spain.

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Keyboard versus stand alone
Mark Vergeer wrote:

The article states it may only be a Bluetooth keyboard looking like a spectrum working in conjunction with an iPhone.

Well, I would accept that, because it would be easy enough to get it to work with the PC. An accurate keyboard is most of the battle, the rest can be settled in software.

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Andrew Owen (not verified)
don't believe the hype

The "news" has not been reported anywhere except in the Telegraph and the article contains no attribution and no quotes. I looks as if it's entirely speculation on the part of the writer.

As for the Spectrum equivalent of the DTV64 ... someone is working on it. It's supposed to be a secret but the cat will be out of the bag on Saturday anyway. I have no idea if it will make it to market though.

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Clarification
Andrew Owen wrote:

The "news" has not been reported anywhere except in the Telegraph and the article contains no attribution and no quotes. I looks as if it's entirely speculation on the part of the writer.

Good point. I was wondering why it was so detail poor and why no other sources picked up on it. That would certainly explain it. I guess we'll see.

Andrew Owen wrote:

As for the Spectrum equivalent of the DTV64 ... someone is working on it. It's supposed to be a secret but the cat will be out of the bag on Saturday anyway. I have no idea if it will make it to market though.

Do you mean a hobbyist or commercial product? The DTV64 was a full blown commercial product, obviously.

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Andrew Owen (not verified)
DTV48

Andrew Owen: "As for the Spectrum equivalent of the DTV64 ... someone is working on it. It's supposed to be a secret but the cat will be out of the bag on Saturday anyway. I have no idea if it will make it to market though."

Bill: "Do you mean a hobbyist or commercial product? The DTV64 was a full blown commercial product, obviously."

A commercial product. And it turns out the cat isn't out of the bag after all so I can't say any more than that. If the project gets greenlit I'll be sure to let you know.

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Maybe...

If this is successful, whatever it is, maybe it will lead to a C64 (and possibly other computer) versions.

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Kinda sucks

Well the press release arrived today, an to be honest we feel a little deflated here at RF towers. Looks like the 'new' spectrum is in reality going to be, initially, Jet Set Willy running on an iPhone/iPad connected to a TV via an appropriate TV out cable from Apple. In the future, Spectrum games from Elite will be compatible with a bluetooth keyboard.

In our view, would it not be easier to book up a Spectrum emulator in your Laptop and output it to your TV via a common, cheap VGA cable. Or are we missing the point?

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