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Sinclair brand remerges with handheld gaming device

It has been a long time since the Sinclair brand made it onto any Christmas lists but that could change this year

It has been a few decades since the name Sinclair echoed around the channel but the British hardware player is re-entering the market next month.

The efforts to get the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ off the ground have so far been limited to the cross funding world but with that campaign having yelled the necessary results the product will hit the market on 20 October.

The appetite for the return of the Sinclair name was evident in the crowd funding campaign which raised well above he target amount, an impressive 367% over, to deliver £431,020 in just 40 days.

The computer comes with 1,000 licensed games built-in and is being made by Nottinghamshire-Based SMS Electronics, on behalf of Retro Computers.

The plan is to widen the reach in the crucial run-up to Christmas and the results of a four-way contest to become the firm’s sales and marketing partner will be announced soon.

For those who still revel in the glory days of Jet Set Willy and Manic Miner the Vega + is able to run all of the 14,000 games that were made back in the days when the original ZX Spectrum was being sold.

"For the past five months our company's new management team has spared no effort to bring the Vega+ into production under very difficult circumstances, and to secure Vega+ a sales and marketing agreement with a substantial company in the consumer electronics field.,” said Dr David Levy, chairman of Retro Computers.

The return of the Spectrum

The Vega+ project will be marketed by Retro Computers, a Luton-based start-up in which Sir Clive Sinclair's company, Sinclair Research, is a shareholder. The development and marketing of the Vega+ is under license from Sky In-Home Service, who inherited the intellectual property rights to the Spectrum computers from Amstrad.

The concept design for the Vega+ is by Rick Dickinson, who created the industrial designs of all of Sir Clive Sinclair’s ZX computers.

“We are very confident that with the manufacturing strengths of SMS and the worldwide reach of our new sales and marketing partners, the Vega+ will be a huge and long-lived success,” he added.

The basic concept of the Vega + is that it can be played anywhere with a colour LCD screen included, but there is also the option to connect it to a TV. In appearance it looks like a classic handleld gaming device.

“The present surge of interest in retro products inspired me to plan the Vega+ as a handy games console which can be played anywhere,” said Sir Clive Sinclair.

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