In 2017, London based developer Henrique Olifiers who is a co-founder of the games studio Bossa Studios launched a modern version of the ZX Spectrum called the ZX Spectrum Next via a kickstarter campaign which turned out to be a great success, eventually shipping over 3000 units.
Well, Mr Olifiers is back with an updated version and its called the ZX Spectrum Next Issue 2. Again he has turned to Kickstarter to help him out with the funds required to launch the model and the Kickstarter community has duly obliged. The campaign blasted past its £250,000 target in minutes and as I write this, it has raised just short of £1m.
The Issue 2 will have more more memory, a faster processor and even a high-resolution mode, although hardcore gamers shouldn’t get too excited as it is still designed to run games that we all loved from the original ZX Spectrum. These can be loaded into the machine from original cassette tapes just like the original Spectrum but can also be played via emulation versions loaded over the net.
The hope this time around is to sell at least 5000 units said Mr Olifiers and if the Kickstarter campaign is anything to go by, he shouldn’t have any problems meeting that.
If you would like to get in on the action, check out the Kickstarter campaign for the ZX Spectrum Next Issue 2 here.