The iconic ‘80s gaming console is being reborn as a handheld device.
If you grew up in the ‘80s, you’re going to love this news: Sir Clive Sinclair and Retro Computers are bringing the powers of the ZX Spectrum into the palm of your hand with the fully-mobile Vega+.
This gadget is a blend of the original, iconic gaming machine and last year’s ZX Spectrum Vega home console. Unlike its predecessors, though, the latest iteration is equipped with an LCD screen, a built-in microSD card slot and 1,000 licensed games. On top of that, the Vega+’s software enables you to run pretty much all of the 14,000-plus Spectrum titles from back in the day.
You’ll notice that the Vega+ bids farewell to the keyboard for an integrated LCD display, along with simple fingertip controls that you’ve grown accustomed to with other handheld gaming devices. There’s a D-pad on the left as well as a series of buttons on the right. In addition to the its SD slot, the unit comes with a charging port, USB and an A/V output jack so you hook it up to your TV if you want to throw some classics up on a bigger screen.
Ready to spark some nostalgia and bring you favorite ‘80s games with you on your morning commute? Head over to the Vega+’s Indiegogo campaign, where Sir Clive Sinclair and the Retro Computers crew have already blown right by their
As we enter an era of ubiquitous computing and the Internet of Things, it’s crazy to think about how far we’ve come.
It wasn’t too long ago that consumers were fascinated by the endless possibilities of computers, and these ads surely do prove it. If you really want to get a good sense of just how far technology has come over the last couple of decades, browse through the list below.
The hard disk you’ve been waiting for… only $3,398!
Hey, it adds 15 million characters of storage!
If a Commodore is good enough for Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, then it’s good enough for you.
“Radio Shack’s TRS-80 Computer Is the Smartest Way to Write,” says Isaac Asimov.
16K RAM turns your computer to a working giant.
For the record, that 1977 “giant” is actually 256,000 times smaller than today’s 4GB.
Ultimate mobility? The 1976 equivalent of a modern-day laptop.
300 Mbytes for the price of a Honda Civic? Luckily, our hard disks don’t cost as much today.
Computers are a beautiful thing.
Unlimited vocabulary? Geewizbang!
There’s nothing like your first video game.
Speaking of joysticks…
If the price doesn’t scare you, try looking at that original Apple logo.
Long before the days of Amazon.
Did you know apples make great carrots?
Well, because two bytes are better than one…
What the heck is electronic mail?
Look, it’s a small (9-pounded) miracle!
Based on that rate, it looks like today’s 4GB would cost you $85,899,345.92.
Now that’s ‘surfing’ the web.
Complete with write protection and all!
We said a flip flop, the flippie to the flippie, the flip flip a flop, you don’t stop.
So that’s how you write music?
Remember the Logitech HiREZ Mouse?
Or this one? This gem would become the blueprint of future mice.
What do you get when you combine a calculator and intercom?
A far cry from Apple’s uber-thin Macbook Air today.
So that’s the original use for an Apple?
We imagine our lives were never the same.
Apple has always had a way with celebs, even those from more two centuries ago.
Kevin Costner, Jeff Goldblum, Tony Hawk, Will Ferrell… Thomas Jefferson?
If you were to carry that Osborne model today, you’d probably the same reaction.
Extraordinary… in size and price.
It was the ’70s, what can we say?
Doesn’t seem too mobile. Por-table, maybe.
Also, is that a kitchen table?
Did anyone else know they had computers way back when?
Ironically, some may say this question still holds true today.
Cut and paste!
Safe to say, we couldn’t have done this article without that function!
To think, this was at one time the smallest analog computer ever.
Hey girl, you want me to hold that computer for you?
Sir, you forgot your laptop bag.
Before the days of Atmel’s maXStylus…
And, we couldn’t help ourselves. After having recently celebrated our 30th birthday, here’s a blast from the past with a few old-school Atmel ads…
10 years later and they’re still ’sticking’ with us.
Some things never change.
Affordable then, affordable now.