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The ONLY full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer ... the Sinclair ZX Spectrum
The ONLY full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer ... the Sinclair ZX Spectrum
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Recreated ZX Spectrum - 1st update of the online web app now live. 2nd update already in Beta-testing.

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The 1st update of the online web app is now live.

To use it, click on the image below or on the Games & Apps tab at:

RecreatedZXSpectrum.com

The online web app is optimised for use with Macs and PCs. (For phones and tablets, please use the dedicated iOS and Android apps which are available from the App Store and from Google’s Play Store respectively. To find the apps use the search term, “Recreated ZX Spectrum”.)

The 1st update includes audio support for browsers including Chrome, EDGE, Firefox and Safari … ‘though not for Internet Explorer. It also includes a new feature, ‘exact screen multiples’.

Note: audio support can be variable and depend upon your systems’ configuration, so our advice is … experiment with different browsers to the find the combination which best suits you.

The 2nd update, which includes a number of new games from the most respected ZX Spectrum game developer of all time, is currently in Beta-testing and will be released just as soon as the formalities have been completed.

There will be a further announcement about the 2nd update and about when the new games will be included in updates of the iOS and Android apps.

Caption: The 1st update of the online web app is now live. The new version includes audio support for browsers including Chrome, EDGE, Firefox and Safari … ‘though not for Internet Explorer.
Caption: The 1st update of the online web app is now live. The new version includes audio support for browsers including Chrome, EDGE, Firefox and Safari … ‘though not for Internet Explorer.

We hope you find what we’re creating to your liking.

Until then, thank you for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

Note: despatch of almost all primary rewards is now complete. Direct messages and separate statements, regarding the despatch of these and all other rewards, including all complimentary and additional rewards, will be issued in the near future - some as soon as tomorrow.

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Recreated ZX Spectrum - now with added ‘Dizzy’ (for Macs, PCs and connected TVs)

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This month, to celebrate the launch of Wonderland Dizzy, we’ll be launching a competition with a unique prize - a Recreated ZX Spectrum, signed by the Oliver Twins - creators of the ‘Dizzy’ games.

In the interim, why not set the LAYER Switch of your recreated device to ‘B’ (Game Mode), point your Mac / PCs browser at www.WonderlandDizzy.com and then have an egg-cellent time with this recently re-discovered game. Whilst there you can enjoy the officially hosted versions of the original ZX Spectrum games too including Treasure Island Dizzy, Fantasy World Dizzy and more. Note: these games work better with some browsers than with others … so do experiment.

Caption: a competition with a unique prize - a Recreated ZX Spectrum, signed by the Oliver Twins - creators of the ‘Dizzy’ games is being launched this month.
Caption: a competition with a unique prize - a Recreated ZX Spectrum, signed by the Oliver Twins - creators of the ‘Dizzy’ games is being launched this month.

Also this month, we’ve updated the support pages at RecreatedZXSpectrum.com to provide a single source of information about how to get games and applications from your phone, tablet, Mac and PC on to the screen of your connected TV.

The tech which makes this possible is known as Miracasting (‘though it does have many other names) and can be achieved for as little as £20 by plugging a suitable device in the HDMI port of even the most steam-powered of TVs.

Caption: the support pages at RecreatedZXSpectrum.com have been updated to provide a single source of information about how to get games and applications from phones, tablets, Macs and PCs on to the screens of connected TVs.
Caption: the support pages at RecreatedZXSpectrum.com have been updated to provide a single source of information about how to get games and applications from phones, tablets, Macs and PCs on to the screens of connected TVs.

Finally, for the moment, we wanted to share one of the many images we’ve been throwing around whilst working up our plans for advertising the Recreated ZX Spectrum. The following image will never be published as an advertisement but we felt it echoed what many owners of the recreated device already know, that it’s much more than just a keyboard.

Caption: The image will never be published as an advertisement but we feel it echoes what many owners of the recreated device already know, that it’s much more than just a keyboard.
Caption: The image will never be published as an advertisement but we feel it echoes what many owners of the recreated device already know, that it’s much more than just a keyboard.

We hope you find what we’re creating to your liking.

Until then, thank you for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

Note: A separate statement and or direct message, regarding the despatch of any remaining rewards, including all complimentary and additional rewards, will be issued in the near future.

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Recreated ZX Spectrum - entirely new Android app … released. Roadmap announced.

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The official companion app for the Recreated ZX Spectrum ... for selected Android devices, was released via the Google Play Store earlier today.

Once we’re content that there are no significant issues with it, we’ll release this app via the Amazon Appstore too.

This app includes Chuck Egg, Sinclair BASIC and a huge game bundle. New games and applications will be available with each update of this app.

Caption: after an “uncomfortable gestation” (the app was scheduled for release w/c 28th Sep) the Recreated ZX Spectrum app for Android phones and tablets is available to download from Google Play.
Caption: after an “uncomfortable gestation” (the app was scheduled for release w/c 28th Sep) the Recreated ZX Spectrum app for Android phones and tablets is available to download from Google Play.

Here’s the link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elite.zxec

This brings to three the number of official companion apps available for the recreated device. The other two are the iOS app … for Apple phones and tablets and the online web app, for Macs and PCs.

Our roadmap - how the Recreated ZX Spectrum will be enhanced through further apps and firmware updates - is as follows.

Further apps are currently in development for the recreated device, one for the soon to be released 4th generation Apple TV, the other for Android TV. Both of the forthcoming apps will include Chuckie Egg, Sinclair BASIC and a huge game bundle. When available, the apps will enable games and applications to be played on connected TVs using the Recreated ZX Spectrum - without the need for an intermediate device such as a phone or a tablet.

Through firmware updates additional keyboard functionality will be added in response user feedback. Several additional features have already been identified, including a simpler method of accessing CRTL functions. Updating the recreated device’s firmware couldn’t be simpler:

- connect the recreated device's 5V DC port to a Mac / PC

- go to the published web address

- follow the on-screen instructions. It'll only take moments.

We hope you find what we’re creating to your liking.

Until then, thank you for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

Note: as the entirely new Android app is now available, instructions to despatch primary rewards - to those backers who elected to await its availability - will now be issued. A separate statement, regarding the despatch of all other rewards, including all complimentary and additional rewards, will be issued in the near future.

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Recreated ZX Spectrum - entirely new Android app … latest.

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In our 31st Aug Update we explained why we decided to release the Recreated ZX Spectrum - and the then available app and online web app - w/c 7th Sep, ’15.

In essence, the app and the online web app which have been available since w/c 7th Sep enable the recreated device to be used with phones, tablets, Macs, PCs … even connected TVs.

The app and the online web app are available from the following links:

App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/recreated-zx-spectrum/id957141812?ls=1&mt=8

Online web app: http://sinclairzxspectrum.elite-systems.co.uk/zxonline.php

Both the app and the online web app include Chuckie Egg, Sinclair BASIC and a huge game bundle. At that time we also wrote “our expectations for the availability of the Recreated ZX Spectrum Android App (from Google Play for selected Android phones and tablets) is w/c 28th Sep, ’15.”

Whilst the Android app is NOT required to use the recreated device with Android based systems, we are developing it because (unlike the online web app, which can be used in its place) it is being optimised for such systems. (For similar reasons, we’ve already committed to develop optimised apps for the forthcoming Apple TV and the current Android TV systems).

Two engineers and an artist, with occasional interference from me, have been working diligently toward the completion of the Recreated ZX Spectrum Android App for some time. Yesterday one of the engineers wrote to me saying, “Hi, Steve. I’m almost there, I have the on-screen buttons working with the games, but there are still some resolution issues affecting the on-screen keyboard. As I’m pretty much exhausted, I’m calling it a night and will resume my efforts to complete the app tomorrow.”

So, as we’ve written previously, the Android app should reach the first of the final stages in the next few days. (As with all software development, “it’s done when it’s done”.) When it does, we’ll be contacting selected backers to invite them to download the Beta-version of the Android app and to share their experience of using it with us, prior to its release on the Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore.

Caption: Main menu of the entirely new Recreated ZX Spectrum Android app, which is agonisingly close to completion.
Caption: Main menu of the entirely new Recreated ZX Spectrum Android app, which is agonisingly close to completion.

We hope you find what we’re creating to your liking.

Until then, thank you for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

An Interim Android app is available from the following link. It does not contain any games or applications. Here’s the link:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elite.zxec

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Recreated ZX Spectrum - entirely new Android app nearing … completion.

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We spent much of yesterday reviewing the latest version of the entirely new Recreated ZX Spectrum Android app. The app is being optimised for use with Android devices.

Caption: The entirely new Recreated ZX Spectrum Android app ... nearing completion. Being reviewed on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (iDaptive Controls in view too).
Caption: The entirely new Recreated ZX Spectrum Android app ... nearing completion. Being reviewed on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (iDaptive Controls in view too).

The entirely new Android app includes Chuckie Egg, Sinclair BASIC and a huge game bundle. It’s also useful for accessing the recreated device’s additional features.

We were able to use the app with the recreated device to play games, with both the ‘Original’ and the ‘iDaptive’ controls and to program in Sinclair BASIC. We were also able to Unlock the recreated device.

We used a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 for the review and found the game speed, frame-rate and sound to be just as we would have hoped.

The app’s still a little rough around the edges and needs a modest amount of further work before its ready for Beta-testing … and then release.

It should reach the first of the final stages in the next few days. When it does, we’ll be contacting selected backers to invite them to download the Beta-version of the app and to share their experience of using it with us, prior to its release on the Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore.

We hope you find what we’re creating to your liking.

Until then, thank you for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

The ‘Recreated ZX Spectrum' (formerly the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum)