Although little known outside the UK, where it was a blockbuster success, the ZX Spectrum is nevertheless a fascinating computer. Although audio-visually modest, the ZX Spectrum series was home to a quite a few legendary games, and it helped kickstart the British game development industry. Appropriately enough, I suppose, now there’s a Kickstarter to bring a heavily updated, yet fully backwards compatible ZX Spectrum computer, to market, the ZX Spectrum Next.
Although I already have an excellent selection of ZX Spectrum computers in my collection, I’m definitely onboard with this update. While not only maintaining full backwards compatibility, right down to being able to utilize original expansions, there are also plenty of modern conveniences like HDMI and an SD card slot. This is definitely the kind of recreation we need for our other beloved vintage computers. The only catch? It looks like it won’t start full delivery until January 2018, which is rather a long way off. Still, it seems like it will be well worth the wait to take this 1980s computer platform into the late 2010s and beyond.