New imaginings of the ZX Spectrum are clearly the flavour of the day – what with the Vega, Vega+ and now the ZX Spectrum Next. One would think that a campaign, similar at least to the ones for the Vega consoles would bring in a good result for those who announce a similar project for a ‘new’ Commodore 64. The C64 is of course more ‘international’ than the very UK centric ZX Spectrum thus one would think would attract the attention of a much wider audience.
The guys behind a new IndieGoGo pitch (a crowdfunding site that seems popular for this kind of thing) must have thought the very same thing and launched their campaign a few weeks back with a flexible goal, so whatever is raised is ultimately the funding to create the device. And even though the the concept pictures and scale model look great of both a new computer and a handheld console, the imagination of the pledging gamer has not been piqued.
The specification of the machine though, looks good:
- Accurate recreation of the classic Commodore 64.
- HDMI video and audio output.
- We are considering composite video in addition to HDMI, for use on classic televisions.
- Multiple SIDs for stereo sound (6581 or 8580)
- New high-capacity (512MB+) writable cartridge support, with an adapter interface available later to provide classic cartridge compatibility.
- Support for current storage media (for example SD cards), with emulation of the 1541.
- Multiple joystick support for multi-player games.
- Support for many of the popular emulator game file formats.
- Firmware upgradable to support additional features and machines in the future (DTV64 features, etc.)
- Hopefully the possibility to connect original peripherals, or via adaptors.
With only 16 days to go, $69,003 has currently been raised – the target set was $150,000. The question is why has this not been the success it should have been? Why does the ZX Spectrum projects command more interest?
Has this IndieGoGo campaign finally put the playgrounds fights of yesteryear to rest – the ZX Spectrum was and still is the best! Tell us your thoughts in the comments…