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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 - Recreated ZX Spectrum iOS app and Beta Testing

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The release date of the Recreated ZX Spectrum has been postponed until w/c 7th September.

Here’s why.

At the time of writing, the current status of the app and the online web app is as follows:

- Recreated ZX Spectrum iOS app - Approved by Apple for distribution via App Store but not yet released.

- Recreated ZX Spectrum web app (for Macs / PCs) - New version in Beta testing. Online but not visible to end users.

- Recreated ZX Android app - Recreated ZX Spectrum - Operating Guide (Video) Android app submitted to Google Play.

Consequently and whilst it’s impossible to be definitive, our current expectation is that date of despatch of the Recreated ZX Spectrum and of the companion app and the online web app will be on the following dates:

- Kickstarter Beta-testers with iOS devices - w/c 17th Aug, 2015 and continuing w/c 24th Aug, ‘15

- Kickstarter backers with Android devices - w/c 7th Sep, ’15

- Pre-orders (Elite and our re-sellers) - w/c 7th Sep, ’15

So far this week we’ve issued email invitations - to download the Recreated ZX Spectrum iOS app from the App Store - to more than 30 Kickstarter Beta-testers and selected others with iOS devices. Having confirmed the Beta-testers had downloaded the iOS app, a Recreated ZX Spectrum device was despatched directly to a number of them. In a small number of instances, Beta-testers already had recreated devices, as they were delivered to them in error* by our distributor more than a week ago.

Whilst the quantity of feedback we’ve received to date is small, the quality is encouraging. Indeed, one of those who received a recreated device in error* sent the following message earlier today.

Caption: one of those who received a recreated device in error* sent the following message earlier today.
Caption: one of those who received a recreated device in error* sent the following message earlier today.

Given this, it’s currently our intention to release a larger batch of recreated devices to Kickstarter backers and to selected others next week. The likelyhood is that we shall begin this process by surveying backers and selected others of the reward which was known as, “A Bluetooth ZX Spectrum for iOS devices - Founders' Limited Edition (#11-99 of 100).” The survey will invite confirmation of delivery address and may also invite details of the named recipient for the Collectors’ Prints - Signed By Rick Dickinson, (Kickstarter backer Update #19 refers).

We believe that by staging the roll-out of the Recreated ZX Spectrum in this way, we will improve the chances of identifying any shortcomings in the recreated device or the companion app and online web app. By so doing, we hope to reduce the risk of disappointing our backers and those who ordered a recreated device directly from Elite or from our resellers after our Kickstarter appeal closed.

*: We have investigated this matter - which occurred without our knowledge and was therefore outside of our control - and whilst we can appreciate it might be of concern to some backers, we are satisfied that it was a result of a simple human error.

We’ll provide Updates when we have more to report.

Until then, thank you for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

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Recreated ZX Spectrum - Operating Guide (Video)

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Commencing Tuesday 25th August, we’ll be sending email invitations - to download the Recreated ZX Spectrum iOS app from the App Store - to Kickstarter Beta-testers and to selected others with iOS devices. The iOS app was approved for distribution by Test Flight earlier this week.

Once we’ve confirmed Beta-testers have downloaded the iOS app, a Recreated ZX Spectrum device will be despatched directly to them just as soon as delivery arrangements have been finalised.

Before all of this, we’re inviting all of our Kickstarter backers and selected others to view an as yet unpublished video. We filmed it in Brunswick Studios earlier this week. The video is a comprehensive ‘operating guide’ to the recreated device and will be published to coincide with the release of the recreated device in a couple of weeks’ time. We believe it will be of benefit to everyone with an interest in understanding how to get the best out of the recreated device.

Please share your comments below or if you wish by sending a message directly to us.

We look forward to reading them. Until then, thank you for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

PS: Those who wish to do so can download the recreated device’s User Guide (Quick Start) from the following link.

Here’s the link:

http://sinclairzxspectrum.elite-systems.co.uk/downloads/recreated_zx_spectrum_user_guide_quick_start_draft_20_g15_v1_0.pdf

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Recreated ZX Spectrum - App / Web App - A Continually Evolving Work In Progress

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Caption: Units of the Recreated ZX Spectrum for backers (and for those who ordered the recreated device directly from Elite after our Kickstarter crowd-funding appeal closed) being prepared for despatch.
Caption: Units of the Recreated ZX Spectrum for backers (and for those who ordered the recreated device directly from Elite after our Kickstarter crowd-funding appeal closed) being prepared for despatch.

The Recreated ZX Spectrum app is a downloadable app. The Recreated ZX Spectrum ONLINE web app is to be available online (from RecreatedZXSpectrum.com). The app and the ONLINE web app include Chuckie Egg, Sinclair BASIC and a huge game bundle. New games are available with each update of the app and the ONLINE web app. Both the app and the ONLINE web app will be released to coincide with the launch of Recreated ZX Spectrum - the only authorised, full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer - the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Use them to: play games, program in Sinclair BASIC and access the recreated device's additional features and exclusive content.

Last month, in response to feedback from our UK manufacturing partner and others, we made a decision to make a significant addition to the app and the ONLINE web app. The addition will see not one but two versions of each game included, offering two methods of play: Original Game Controls and iDaptive Game Controls.

With Original Game Controls enabled, all of the functionality of the game - as designed for the original ZX Spectrum - is available. The game can be played with the on-screen ZX Spectrum keyboard (in portrait mode on phones and tablets), or with the Recreated ZX Spectrum if available and connected (in landscape or portrait mode on phones and tablets). With this method selected, further help with play is provided for each game under the heading Controls.

With iDaptive Game Controls enabled, some or all of the functionality of the game - as designed for the original ZX Spectrum - is available. The game can be played with the on-screen iDaptive Controls (in landscape or portrait mode on phones and tablets), or with the Recreated ZX Spectrum if available and connected (in landscape or portrait mode on phones and tablets), using the following keys: UP = Q DOWN = A LEFT = O RIGHT = P Fire #1 = M (joystick-style). With this method selected, play Controls for all games are effectively (and conveniently) the same, though some advanced functionality may not be supported.

We recommend trying both methods of play with each game and then choosing the one which offers the most appropriate method.

As a consequence of our decision to make this significant addition to the app and the ONLINE web app, we need a little more time to make them ready for release. This in turn has implications for the date of despatch of the Recreated ZX Spectrum to those who backed our Kickstarter appeal, pre-ordered a recreated device (directly from Elite) or pre-ordered a recreated device from one of our re-sellers (at the S.R.P.).

At the time of writing, the current status of the app and the online web app is as follows:

- Recreated ZX Spectrum iOS app - approved by Apple for distribution via Test Flight.

- Recreated ZX Spectrum web app (for Macs / PCs) - Beta testing. Online but not visible to end users.

- Recreated ZX Android App - pending submission to Google Play.

Consequently and whilst it’s impossible to be definitive, our current expectation is that date of despatch of the Recreated ZX Spectrum will be on the following dates:

- Kickstarter Beta-testers with iOS devices - w/c 17th Aug, 2015 and continuing w/c 24th Aug, ‘15

- Kickstarter backers with Android devices - w/c 31st Aug, ‘15

- Pre-orders (Elite and our re-sellers) - w/c 31st Aug, ‘15

The latest information about the app, web app and availability will be published here.

The following statement will be released publicly to coincide with this Update.

“Development of the Recreated ZX Spectrum - and the associated app and ONLINE web app - has been ongoing for some 18 months, since our Kickstarter crowd-funding appeal closed. Since that time our ambitions for the recreated device have extended from being it being:

- the only keyboard with which fast / twitch games can be played on iOS devices,

to it also being;

- optimised for gaming with selected Android devices,

- a full-function Bluetooth keyboard for Macs and PCs

and today we have announced we have growing ambitions for its direct use with connected TVs.

"Reaction to the recreated device from those who’ve seen and used it has been overwhelmingly positive. Last month, in response to feedback from our UK manufacturing partner and others, we made a decision to make a significant addition to the app and the ONLINE web app. The addition will see not one but two versions of each game included, offering two methods of play: Original Game Controls and iDaptive Game Controls. As a consequence of our decision to make this significant addition to the app and the ONLINE web app, we need a little more time to make them ready for release. Whilst we appreciate this short delay in availability may be a source of disappointment, we wish to assure those who’ve backed and pre-ordered the recreated device (and those re-sellers who’ve made it available for pre-order) that our goal is to ensure the recreated device is the best that it can be. Just as soon as we’re content - that the associated app and ONLINE web app are ready for their initial release - then the thousands of units of the recreated device, which have been manufactured in response to pre-orders and are currently being warehoused in Hampshire, will be made available. Currently we anticipate that will be w/c 31st Aug, ’15.”

On a related point, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve adopted the development of the Recreated ZX Spectrum app for Android TV as a development goal. Once available, the app will enable the recreated device to be used to directly control ZX Spectrum games on connected TVs wirelessly, via its Bluetooth connection … eliminating the need for streaming via an intermediate device, such as a phone or tablet.

Further information will be published as and when it’s available.

Until then, thank you for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

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Caption: With iDaptive Game Controls enabled, play Controls for all games are effectively (and conveniently) the same - joystick-style, though some advanced functionality may not be supported.
Caption: With iDaptive Game Controls enabled, play Controls for all games are effectively (and conveniently) the same - joystick-style, though some advanced functionality may not be supported.

Recreated ZX Spectrum - First Packaged Production Units Arriving this Week

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The first packaged production units of the Recreated ZX Spectrum will be arriving this week.

Our intention is that backers be among the first to have hands on with the recreated device and that they then share their experience of it with us and others, prior to its wider release later in the month.

To this end, we’ll begin by sending email invitations to backers to download the Recreated ZX Spectrum iOS app - this is one of the companion apps for the recreated device. The others are the soon to be released Android app and the ONLINE web app, (for use with Macs and PCs). The companion apps contains Chuckie Egg, Sinclair BASIC and a huge game bundle.

Caption: The Recreated ZX Spectrum iOS app. Invitations to backers to download this, one of the three companion apps, are being prepared for delivery by email.
Caption: The Recreated ZX Spectrum iOS app. Invitations to backers to download this, one of the three companion apps, are being prepared for delivery by email.

As the iOS app will first be released to backers (its public availability will follow later this month), the email invitation will include a request to download Test Flight from the App Store and instructions on how to download the iOS app. (Note: backers who don’t have access to an iOS device will not be able to access this initial stage of the rollout of the recreated device. Alternative arrangements will be the subject of another Update.)

Since we want backers to share their experience with us and others, recreated devices will be directed in the first instance to those backers who have downloaded the iOS app. This is one of the important final steps in determining that the recreated device is ready for widespread distribution later this month and we want backers to work with us to confirm that this is so.

So, please keep an eye on your email inbox in the week ahead for an invitation to download the Recreated ZX Spectrum iOS app.

Until then, thanks for your continued support.

Regards, Steve Wilcox - Elite

Note: once we’re content that the recreated device is ready for widespread distribution, we will release the companion apps to app stores and online and we will survey backers and those who pre-ordered the recreated device directly from Elite (after our Kickstarter appeal closed) to confirm delivery arrangements.

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Recreated ZX Spectrum - Approved for Production

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On Tuesday 14th July, 2015 the ‘perfect unit’ … the most recent Recreated ZX Spectrum manufactured using the production tooling … was approved.

This was the final step in the development of the recreated device and meant that batch production can commence.

Production of units the Recreated ZX Spectrum for both backers and for those who pre-ordered (directly from Elite) after our Kickstarter appeal closed has now been scheduled.

In parallel, production of units of the Recreated ZX Spectrum for those who’ve pre-ordered from our re-sellers (at the S.R.P.) has also been scheduled.

We shall shortly be writing to backers and those who pre-ordered (directly from Elite) to notify them of delivery options. Delivery options should see backers and those who pre-ordered (directly from Elite) receiving their recreated device in early August.

Caption: Backers and those who pre-ordered the Recreated ZX Spectrum (directly from Elite) should expect to receive their recreated device in early August.
Caption: Backers and those who pre-ordered the Recreated ZX Spectrum (directly from Elite) should expect to receive their recreated device in early August.

Almost there.

Until then, thank you for your continued support.

Regards - Steve Wilcox, Elite

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