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Old 30 April 2016, 22:11   #1
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Spectrum Next

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Look nice : http://www.specnext.com/

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Old 30 April 2016, 23:36   #2
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They respected the old retro case design concept and just polished and modernised it. It looks great.

Lets hope it comes at reasonable price with decent specs.
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Old 30 April 2016, 23:51   #3
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Seems it will be hardware-compatible. Unlike the ZX Spectrum Vega which (I assume) was some ARM chip running an emulator(???)
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Old 01 May 2016, 08:59   #4
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Unlike the ZX Spectrum Vega which (I assume) was some ARM chip running an emulator(???)
Yes, you are spot on regarding the Vega. Emulation on a modern ARM SoC.
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Old 24 April 2017, 22:15   #5
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The Kickstarter has launched. £275k raised in just 2 days.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...-spectrum-next

The Rick Dickinson-designed case is simply beautiful and so unmistakably a Speccy. Just imagine if the Vampire standalone could come with a case half as pretty as this.
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Old 24 April 2017, 22:44   #6
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1 Joystick Port ?
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Old 24 April 2017, 22:56   #7
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Not liking the design, if it looks like a + then make it look a +!! Can it load my +3 Disks though?
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Old 24 April 2017, 23:19   #8
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1 Joystick Port ?
Yeah, that's bummer. Don't understand it. Even the +2 had 2 joystick ports! Got to hope it's not too late for a stretch goal.

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Not liking the design, if it looks like a + then make it look a +!! Can it load my +3 Disks though?
Tape support, but no mention of +3 disks.

You can buy the board alone and house it in a rubber-key Speccy. It requires cutting, but I guess you could gut one of those Bluetooth recreations if you're morally opposed to that.

Design is subjective, but I'd say you're in the minority - 1,290 backers in less than 48 hours and only 50 choosing the board alone.

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Old 24 April 2017, 23:32   #9
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I'm more interested in it's new 256 colour mode, hardware sprites and 512k ram, should get some Amiga/ST looking games.
As for backing, I want to but there is no incentive ATM, it's now funded, so even less reason to risk my money until it actually comes out.

Looks decent too imo, Rick is a class designer imo.
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Old 25 April 2017, 00:21   #10
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Design is subjective, but I'd say you're in the minority - 1,290 backers in less than 48 hours and only 50 choosing the board alone.
Yes, but that doesn't reflect the number of people who didn't back it due one reason or another does it though? There will always be the sycophants, attention seekers and must haves that back these things just to boost their own social media status and egos 'cos they backed it' not because they really want it

If a 3" FD-1 can be attached would be nice to know if it's recognised as A: and can be autobooted like a real +3 would though!
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Old 25 April 2017, 00:34   #11
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If it has output for 15 khz on 1ghz and 512mb then it is a killer. It will sell by thousands if some emulators come out for Neo geo/snes/Mame etc.

PS this is exactly what a new Amiga should be.
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64 sprites, hardware scrolling and 256 colors not bad.
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Old 30 April 2017, 10:30   #13
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i'd been waiting for this KS for a while, so it was pretty much an insta-back as soon as it launched. looks great - they've really sweat the details and their hearts seem to be in the right place. looking forward to it!
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Yeah, that's bummer. Don't understand it. Even the +2 had 2 joystick ports! Got to hope it's not too late for a stretch goal.
Looks like it might hit the stretch goal for 2 joysticks at £650k! It currently stands at £604k with 51 hours to go. The project has jumped £25k today with the big last 48 hours yet to come.

Loads of activity in the past few weeks. Exclusive new Dizzy game from the Oliver Twins - Wonderland Dizzy - and a SID chip alongside the 3x AY chips (in the FPGA). Loads of other upgrades. The package gets better and better, assuming they can pull it all off of course.
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A Spectrum with hardware scrolling and sprites?
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Old 21 May 2017, 09:58   #16
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they just add Node Of Yesod.
As for sprites and scrolling I guess it is because it is a ZX Spectrum Next. Isn't the Amstrad plus also having sprites and scrolling?
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Old 21 May 2017, 14:32   #17
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Seriously no next generation spectrum is going to include the 3" disc drive. The dodo of the disk drive world. Tbe most unpopular format.
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Well, it does sound more like a CPC+. I hope they've at least kept colour clash.
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Well, it does sound more like a CPC+. I hope they've at least kept colour clash.
Its optional, all the extra features can be disabled/enabled.
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So it's a generic computer with optional colour clash?
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