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The ZX Spectrum Vega+ is the ultimate crowdfunding cautionary tale

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In 2016, an obscure UK company called Retro Computers Ltd (RCL) asked the internet a question: “what if we take the ZX Spectrum — easily the most beloved home computer of the 1980’s — and put it in a handheld form?”

Nearly 5,000 people thought that was a great idea.

Putting their money where their mouths are, the nostalgic tech fans invested over £500,000 into the project via ubiquitous crowdfunding site IndieGogo.

Here’s a brief recap of what’s happened so far:

March 27, 2016: The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega Plus raises £512,790 from 4,772 backers.

The project is backed by Sir Clive Sinclair, and promises a handheld console that can connect to a TV, and comes pre-installed with over 1,000 licensed retro games.

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