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.