For those following the latest ZX Spectrum retro machine the ZX Spectrum Next with a close eye, there has just been a rather big update announced on their Facebook page. There is both good and bad news being delivered in regards to the cost of the machine and also a possible hint towards the date of their Kickstarter launch.
First the bad news. We have previously been told that the machine was going to come in around the £100 mark, however due to the recent Brexit results and their previous cost cutting savings being almost wiped out due to the falling value of the Pound, they now expect the ZX Spectrum Next to retail around £160 which as – they point out – is still less than the original price of the ZX Spectrum on its initial release back in the 1980’s.
The Kickstarter launch date, which they had pencilled in for June, has been put back a couple of months. Which takes us into the good news as now we have a better idea of when to expect to start our pledging, as it looks September could be the go date; when the people over at the ZX Spectrum Next HQ have got in their hands a product they feel is safe for the backers to put their hard-earned cash towards.
Along with this Devkits are being mooted for well-known developers, so the can begin to create exclusive software for the machine and also the OS for the ZX Spectrum Next is currently receiving an shiny new update.
What do you think of this news? Are you looking forward the ZX Spectrum Next or do you have mixed feelings towards new “retro” machines due to the Elite Systems Recreated ZX Spectrum fiasco?