A Keyboard Too Far
If you have been closely following the saga of the Next keyboard (recap with updates #43, #44 & #45), here’s the latest chapter on the protracted process that has been... Read more
One year without Rick
Today marks the anniversary of the passing of our friend Rick Dickinson, without whom there would be no ZX Spectrum as we know it, and no Spectrum Next at all.... Read more
A month of setbacks
Deep breath: This update will start with let downs. What should have been a month of wrap-ups, turned out to be four weeks of disappointments with little to no progress... Read more
The keyboard is a ‘GO’
It was a perfect fit, really. In our last update we had a sneak peak of the keyboard via a photo taken at the factory, right before it was shipped... Read more
Sneaky update: The keyboard is here
A very short and sweet unscheduled update as the testing keyboard is now done! Behold it in all its laser-etched glory:
We're now waiting for it to arrive so we... Read more
Kicking off 2019
The new year is already well and truly underway, and in the past couple of weeks we’ve been working to converge the keyboard tasks in order to wrap it up.... Read more
Wrapping up 2018
Following the last update with an X-Ray of the project featuring all the major tasks done and pending, we’ve spent four weeks working hard on the keyboard to advance towards... Read more
Project status: an X-ray (and the latest)
In this update, aside from the latest on the keyboard progress, we’ll make a deep dive into the general status of the project listing all the tasks that are done... Read more
First of all, apologies for the two extra weeks between the updates -- but only now we’ve finally got keyboard news worth sharing, including next steps towards finishing the keyboard. ... Read more
Update follow up: keys!
Following our previous update, thin on the keyboard, here's an update to that update (Inception!) with the photos of the keys at last.
These samples are en-route to the UK... Read more
A short update and a Crash shoutout
Before we go onto the news, wanted to give some friends a shout-out for the Crash #100 Edition right now on Kickstarter. If the wonderful previous edition is anything... Read more
Last week we had the chance to spend a day at SMS testing the final 2B board as it came out of the assembly line, putting it through its paces... Read more
Quick update: The 2B board is in the oven!
Yesterday SMS started the production preparation process for the manufacturing of all the 2B boards and Daughterboards in Nottingham, which kicks off next week. We’ll be on site Tuesday 21st... Read more
It’s all about the keyboard
In the last update we’ve wrapped up all the elements for production, bar the keyboard which was counting on the ‘last-resort’ solution of ditching the third layer of the membrane in... Read more
Production ahead, captain!
The Spectrum Next 2B board
Following our previous update (if you haven’t read it, give it a quick look as there’s some interesting info there), we’ve got two busy weeks... Read more
The last stretch
It has been a long road to get our beloved ZX Spectrum Next done properly, but we’re happy to announce we’re finally in the last stretch of the project with... Read more
A plastic peek
Following from the previous update featuring the moulds pictures, our plastic manufacturing partners made the first injections to test the quality of the cases that come out of them. Now... Read more
Case moulds are here, an exploded Next, Baggers in Space and more!
The Next case mould is here!
Fresh from the factory floor, here are some pictures of the case mould being produced. From their humble origins as blocks of Japanese steel... Read more
The passing of a legend
Last week the Speccy world lost its shaper: Rick Dickinson passed away on Tuesday, April 24th.
Without Rick there would be no ZX Spectrum, at least not as we came... Read more
Mini update: case partner, keyboard mould pics, Lemmings, Kickstarter anniversary and… date!
Ladies and gentlemen, we have good news at last: the Spectrum Next case mould is already in production as you read this, in the safe hands of a new plastics... Read more
More information on case production and games!
As promised, the two-weeks updates are now a thing, welcome to the April 15th progress report for the Spectrum Next.
First things first, the case. We’ve found... Read more
April update: plastics troubles, a keyboard look, box, SD cards and games galore!
You are likely to have noticed the conspicuous absence of the promised mould pictures of the Next case that would have come in ‘a couple of weeks’ since our last... Read more
February: a hard, long month in review
February has flown by, and it's already (high) time for an update of what the Spectrum Next team has been up to while crafting your new computer. There have been... Read more
What's next for the Next (including full computers shipping estimate)
It has been a few weeks now that the boards have been shipped to the backers of the ‘Just the Board’ tier, and those who overpledged for one. Nothing short... Read more
Board instructions: Read before use!
The boards are on their way to their backers, thus it's time to make sure you know how to set them up and get them running properly. Below is a... Read more
Have a peek of the boards coming out of the production line!
A thing of beauty: the state of the art production line at SMS Electronics pumping out our loved boards!
Next stop, backers' homes! ;)
As some have... Read more
Boards shipping: It's almost time!
In the previous update, we established the Next boards for all backers (Just The Board tier and every other tier with extra pledges for the board) would be shipping today,... Read more
Boards shipping shortly
Quick update for the 'Just The Board' backers and anyone who pledged extra on top of other tiers in order to get a board as well: we're on track to... Read more
Boards pledge: production and shipping dates
As planned and shared in the previous update, last week we held a pivotal all-hands meeting to go over several production details, in particular regarding the manufacture of the molds... Read more
Latest progress and shipping date
It's long due an update, as usual, thanks to the busy team working behind the scenes. The major piece of information everyone is waiting for is the final delivery date... Read more
New video modes, shipping date and more
It has been barely a month since our last big tech update unveiling the new turbo modes and the Pentagon compatibility, and the team is already announcing a batch of... Read more
A Crash shout and last chance to update your address!
Crash is alive!
Who amongst the Speccy fans never read a copy of the amazing Crash magazine? While you all know by now that we're #1 YS fan (the Spectrum... Read more
Time for a mighty update!
It has been a fair while since the wrapping up of the campaign in May, and a lot has happened since. Thus this is time for a mighty... Read more
We did it. And we did it together!
We hoped the Spectrum Next would gather some die-hard fans like ourselves to fund a renaissance of the computer we loved...
Every team member of the project had their personal... Read more
Stretch goals smashed with 24 hours to go!
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... Read more
Last minute stretch goal: TWO new games!
We've just added an intermediary stretch goal to make your weekend more sparkling, with not one but two amazing games. Here's the stretch at 590K (we're almost there already):
We... Read more
Find out more about the new Dizzy game!
The Oliver Twins prepared a very special video about their new exclusive title for the Spectrum Next, including a lovely journey into their inspiration for the game story and characters.... Read more
Three more stretch goals unlocked!
Thanks to the success of the campaign and the awesome support of the Speccy community, three new tiers have been unlocked, making the Next a better machine and rewarding the... Read more
See the Next doing something neat and unexpected
With a larger FPGA unlocked in the stretch goal, we started doing some experiments with the extra hardware space on the Next.
The Spectrum Next features three AY audio chips,... Read more
A new Dizzy for the Next and... More memory!
The legendary Oliver Twins, creators of the Dizzy series (not to mention a huge collection of other classic games for the Speccy) announced they will direct a new, original game... Read more
Expand Me Easy Tier UNLOCKED -- and other tiers adjusted
More good news for our lovely Next: the 'Expand Me Easy' tier is now unlocked, meaning upgrading your Next's memory will be as easy as slotting a memory chip in... Read more
Check the Next playing some games at 7MHz
We've pointed a camera to the Next's monitor and recorded some of our favourite games running at the faster 7MHz mode. You won't believe how Chase H.Q. and Zynaps look... Read more
More Accelerated tier added!
Great news that should please a lot (and I mean A LOT) of people in the comments section: we manage to secure a large batch of Raspberry Pi Zeros in... Read more
Getting multiple Nexts ordered & will it be later sold on stores?
As you may know, Kickstarter does not allow a backer to select multiple tiers, only one is allowed. This is not something we've chosen, it's a peculiarity of... Read more
Stretch goals added
We've just added some stretch goals to the project, benefiting all backers. We've been collating requessts and feedback and now transformed some of these on the stretchs.
The first goal... Read more
Getting a board in August as an add on
Following requests, here you go:
If you want to order a Next board on top of the ZX Spectrum Next you already backed, just add £99 to your pledge plus £10 for... Read more
The ZX Spectrum Next is GO!
We always knew the Speccy community was made by a bunch of great people, but never in our wildest dreams we hoped for such love that saw the Next funded... Read more