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The ZX Spectrum reborn: a new machine, fully compatible with the original computer, and packed with improvements and expansions.
The ZX Spectrum reborn: a new machine, fully compatible with the original computer, and packed with improvements and expansions.
The ZX Spectrum reborn: a new machine, fully compatible with the original computer, and packed with improvements and expansions.
3,113 backers pledged £723,390 to help bring this project to life.

Stretch goals smashed with 24 hours to go!

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In the last few hours we unlocked not one, not two, nor three -- but FOUR stretch goals: DreamWorld Pogie and No Fate are now Next games, the Next got its Internet Toolbox, Nodes of Yesod Next got announced, and the special box is now a thing. There's only one last stretch goal to unlock... And it looks like we'll get there too!

If there's anyone you know waiting to join the Spectrum Next crowdfunding campaign, give them a nudge before it's too late. There are even more reasons to get a Next now, from Wonderful Dizzy to the updated OSs from Garry Lancaster and Miguel Guerreiro (and this is just the start).

We're working on the Next portal that will go live in a few days with all the information you'll need to start working with your new computer, so stay tuned to the KS updates!

Exciting times ahead!!!

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      Patrik Rak on May 22, 2017

      @Sedat Kapanoglu: Well, personally I think they went with all white since Spectrum+ just to make it easier to manufacture and to cut the cost down at the same time. I don't say the all white Next design doesn't look nice as it is, but having the red and green added for symbol-shifted and extended mode keywords, plus the colored color names above the numbers would make it IMO stand out even more. Those colors they have chosen originally looked great on the black 48k metal plate and I am sure it would look nice on the black Next keyboard, too. I would really love Rick Dickinson to at least consider it and try a mockup in his CAD to test how it might look like. Just my 2p.

    2. Sedat Kapanoglu on May 22, 2017

      I think the design as it is beautiful and consistent with the 48+ and onward. The idea of mixing color and black keycaps would mean it would look ugly (black body saturated with colors) and inauthentic as none of the models had such a hybrid design.

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      Duncan Stott on May 22, 2017

      @Patrik Rak: I second that motion! Colour-coded keys are certainly a quintessential part of the Spectrum's identity. It was a great design feature, as you said, and certainly helped when our Dad was teaching me and my bro some BASIC back in the day. That would certainly add to the nostalgia-fuzzies that the NEXT will imbue!

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      Chris Wilson on May 22, 2017

      I know it's late in the day, but any chance of a developer bundle as a further stretch goal?

      I'm thinking printed Z80 assembly and Spectrum hardware books, and tutorials, but maybe all of this could be included in the main printed manual?

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      Stuart Carrier on May 22, 2017

      An awesome undertaking, taking the Spec into the 21st century and beyond. Great stuff guys.

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      Patrik Rak on May 22, 2017

      BTW, not sure if this was asked before or not, but could we get the texts on the keyboard color coded like original 48K Spectrum instead of all white? The rainbow stripe was cool, but for me, the colorful keyboard was what made the Spectrum look so different from other contemporary machines back in the date and whenever I see it, it always strikes me as ingenious design. Not to mention it served as brilliant reference sheet for all those kids learning the BASIC, making it easy to understand how to get each of the many keywords typed. The newer models might have been better, but I always loved the iconic look of the 48k more just because of the keyboard. So if you would consider including this in the Next design, it would make me one really happy man.

    7. Marcus Vinicius Garrett Chiado on May 22, 2017

      Fantastic! Congratulations!

    8. Chris Wilkins
      Superbacker
      on May 21, 2017

      Congrats guys!

    9. Mitja V. Iskric on May 21, 2017

      Awesome! Congratulations to all!

    10. LessaWorld Company on May 21, 2017

      That's awesome!!! It's totally possible to see that final unlocking within the next 26 hours. An online class on how to create games for the Next would be super!!! :-)

    11. Mike Smith on May 21, 2017

      Wow. That's awesome. I secretly wanted the Internet tools. Good luck for the remainder of the Kickstarter!

    12. Craig Anderson on May 21, 2017

      SO looking forward to everything this Kickstarter has promised. There is not one perk that I haven't wanted and I genuinely can't wait for the Next Portal.

      I think if I found out that the transparent case was an addon option, I might actually faint.

    13. Gavin Kickstarter1 on May 21, 2017

      That's awesome well done everybody, if it reaches over 650k (im sure it will too) that will be amazing and to know all the stretch goals reached will make it even more worthwhile.

      I'm glad I'm part of this and can't wait to get my hands on it and the board in august.��������������

    14. Richard Harrison
      Superbacker
      on May 21, 2017

      Looking forward to the Portal going live as I really am feeling inspired to write a game for the Next - even though I have zero experience in doing such a thing!

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      Steve Baines on May 21, 2017

      Portal for Next, confirmed.
      Thanks Valve. :-)

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      paul robertson on May 21, 2017

      It looks like a job well done, looking forward to seeing how the next go from strength to strength.