Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum compatible with the existing ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection and ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection HD apps?
In a few words, yes - that's our intention. It's not possible to be completely unequivocal, since the device is still in development but it's our intention that the ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection HD / iOS apps be updated so that they are compatible with the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum. To the extent that it's viable to make the other existing ZX Spectrum iOS apps compatible with the device then that's what we'll endeavour to do.Last updated:
Will the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum act as a controller for action games on iOS devices, or will it act as a keyboard, or will it act as both? Can it work as a standard Bluetooth keyboard? Can it be used with apps / emulators / games not supplied by Elite?
This is a provisional answer to this question. Dealing with it properly will probably require a full project update (which is in the works) of the Kickstarter appeal for the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum and the addition of a device specification to the BluetoothZXSpectrum site. However, briefly, what we can tell you is this. The Bluetooth ZX Spectrum has two modes (currently we call them layers) of functionality. The default we currently call the ‘Game Layer’. The optional layer we currently call the “QWERTY” layer.
In the default ‘Game Layer’, the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum acts as a controller for the simultaneously released and separately sold Bluetooth ZX Spectrum apps (and ‘backwardly compatible’ apps, such as the ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection / HD apps). These are the only apps which have been customized and optimized to operate with the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum. Each of the apps in this comprehensive catalogue of 100% original, officially licenced, paid-for Bluetooth ZX Spectrum games (and more) is available via a secure App Store environment and offers simple and swift PLUG’N’PLAY access to the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum.
In the optional ‘QWERTY Layer’, the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum acts as a Bluetooth keyboard for other apps available from the iTunes App Store and subsequently from the Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store and also applications running on PCs and Macs, making it possible to, say, type a letter on a PC using a Spectrum!
Both the default and the optional functionality of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum will be available at the time of the device’s launch. Details of how the optional functionality may be enabled will be revealed at a later date - most likely as a full project update of the Kickstarter appeal for the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum and by the addition of a device specification to the BluetoothZXSpectrum site.Last updated:
Question #3: Why don’t any of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum device rewards include a limited-edition, collectors’ print. If not, can I make a pledge for more than one reward to the Kickstarter appeal for the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum? If so, how may I do it?
Answer #3: None of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum device rewards include a limited-edition collectors' prints, (the reverse is also true). We hope to make the prints more accessible this way. Since this is our first appeal we're not entirely sure of the mechanism of pledging for multiple rewards but - according to this informed source http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dreamforge-games/something-wicked-this-way-comes-crusader-plastic-m/posts/290134 "... to pledge for multiple rewards, simply add the totals together for all rewards you would like to participate in (including shipping), then make / amend your pledge to cover all rewards you wish to back. When the project ends, you will be sent a survey, simply list the rewards you pledged for."
Here’re an example of how we think we can make this work in practice, (and in so doing, avoid the need to add a whole host of new reward combinations or to create rewards that include items that you may not want).
Say you want a print and a device.
E.g. Jet Set Willy, Limited-Edition Collectors’ Print (#42-49 of 50) at £60 and a Bluetooth ZX Spectrum for iOS devices - Founders' Edition at £50, both to be shipped to an address outside the UK. To pledge for this you would add the two pledge levels together (£60 and £50, plus £10 for the cost of shipping the device to an address outside the UK; total £120) and pledge that total amount. IMORTANT: be sure to select the Jet Set Willy, Limited-Edition Collectors’ Print as your reward, because it is a limited reward with the smallest number available. Send us a message and let us know what exactly you are pledging for and we will take care of the rest at our end. We will deal with such pledges on a first come, first served basis. When the survey goes out you will be able to "spend" your remaining £60 on the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum for iOS devices - Founders' Edition.
TAKE NOTE: Please do not attempt to pledge for two or more print rewards, whether the same or different. Both are limited rewards and are likely to sell out. In this eventuality, we will supply only the reward for which you’ve pledged.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please do not attempt to pledge for two or more device rewards, unless they are different. Kickstarter’s rules for hardware projects forbid this. In this eventuality, we will supply only the reward for which you’ve pledged.Last updated:
Answer #4: Our currently available Press Kit is available to download from here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bzqyaoihcj2y721/waIySbalCN We'll be adding to these assets throughout the duration of the appeal.Last updated:
Answer #5: It's perhaps a little early to consider stretch goals (6th January) since we still have a lot of work ahead of us to achieve our primary goal. However, if you've have ideas for what our stretch goals might be then please don't hesitate to share them with by contacting us through this site, through BluetoothZXSpectrum.com or by email to email@example.comLast updated:
Question #6: Will the 'Sinclair' logo appear on the device or will the 'Bluetooth' logo, as appears in some of the images appear instead.
Answer #6: We've persisted with the Bluetooth moniker thus far so that when images of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum device appear in the media it looks different to the original Sinclair ZX Spectrum. However, we're aware that the Bluetooth moniker is not universally liked. A final decision regarding the use of the ‘Sinclair’ or ‘Bluetooth’ logo will not be made for some time. Backers will be consulted and may of course express their view at any time – several already have.Last updated:
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