Shop Launch Offer

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega
Note:- This item will be shipped in 3-5 working days.

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega is the most talked about retro console of 2015, and the only one endorsed by Sir Clive Sinclair! It is designed and manufactured in the UK - the home of the original ZX Spectrum revolution. Improves on the original - no more waiting for a game to load via tape. Is rated by PEGI as suitable for all adults and children aged seven and upwards.

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+
Note:- This item is a pre-order. Units will be shipped Summer 2017

The Vega+is a new low cost hand-held games console with a colour LCD screen and 1,000 licensed games already installed. The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+, to give the product its full name, is based on Sir Clive’s hugely successful Spectrum products from the past - the early 1980s - and incorporates all the features of the ZX Vega and more, including stereo output for great reproduction of gaming sounds and music.
Store Add to Basket
Purchase an original Vega and pre-order the Vega+ in our awesome launch offer!

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega
The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega is a hand-held games console, compatible with all ZX Spectrum software. It plugs into the composite video and audio connectors of a domestic television set. As its power is drawn from a television USB socket or USB power adaptor, the Vega requires no additional devices or batteries.

The Vega produces high quality stereo audio and composite video signals. These are fed to the television through a cable terminated by RCA phono plugs. It is capable of producing PAL and NTSC signals, making it compatible with televisions across geographic locations. It will support games written for 16, 48 and 128K models of the ZX Spectrum, and includes new features such as the ULAplus extended colour palettes, recently developed by members of the Spectrum community.

Standard micro-SDCards are used to load user software into the Vega, and are easily accessed through the Vega's user interface. TAP, Z80 and SZX formats are accepted. The Vega may be configured on a program-by-program basis through special keymap files which tell the Vega which ZX Spectrum keys to map to which Vega buttons, the title of the game, any POKES that need to be applied and which model of ZX Spectrum the game is intended for. Keymap files can be provided for any of the built-in games, allowing users to reconfigure them to their preference.

The Vega will automatically update itself if an SDCard is inserted containing a new version of the Vega firmware.

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+
In this new conception of what a games player wants from their games console, our design team has taken advantage of major advances in technology to achieve big cost savings, by replacing most of the electronics in the early Sinclair computer products.

Instead we have chosen a fast but low cost micro-controller with software designed and developed by a leading world expert on Sinclair Spectrum technology. Our software is used in clever ways, allowing us to build this exciting product which can run every Spectrum game that exists, 14,000 or more of them from the past, most of which were developed during the years when some 5 million of the original Sinclair ZX Spectrum were being sold. And the low component cost means we can afford to keep the price of the Vega+ very affordable.

The development and marketing of the Vega+ is under license from Sky In-Home Service Ltd, who inherited the intellectual property rights to the Spectrum computers from Amstrad.

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega
The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega continues the Sinclair philosophy of component reduction as it consists of just three commodity chips:

    Micro-controller - an ARM based core
    Dynamic memory - 16Mb DDR SDRAM
    Data storage memory - 64Mb SPI Flash memory

The ARM SOC is the core of the design, and performs all of the work necessary to run ZX Spectrum software. The SDRAM stores the video, audio and game code being executed. The Flash memory stores the system and games software library.

The circuit itself is tiny, covering an area just 54x40mm. It also contains a micro-SD Card socket, enabling future software updates.

A key part of the Vega design is the special software that tricks the ARM processor into behaving like a ZX Spectrum, including the replication of the ZX Spectrum's unusual and characteristic display, with its non-standard television frame size, allowing many thousand of games to be played.

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+

  •     Classic gaming D-Pad, offering up, down, left right and diagonals.
  •     Four primary action buttons and three secondary buttons.
  •     System menu and control-set toggle button.
  •     Volume up/down / Brightness up/down.

  •     Sharp LCD 4:3 aspect ratio with approximately 0.2565 mm dot pitch. Accurately reproduces the ZX Spectrum 256x192 resolution with minimal screen border.
  •     LCD Screen brightness adjustable. Suitable for all light levels, and to extend battery life.

  •     Specification yet to be finalised, due to the variations of physical size and capacity available, however battery life is expected to be in excess of 6 hrs of continuous use.
  •     Charging is achieved through a micro-USB socket.

  •     SDSC and SDHC micro SD cards are supported.
  •     Additional games may be loaded from micro SD card - popular snapshot and tape file formats supported.
  •     SD card also allows preferences and game-saves to be stored for later resumption.
  •     Firmware upgradable through SD card.

Operational features
  •     Unobtrusive pop-up control panel during game play through which to access all Vega features.
  •     Novel and easy-to-use virtual keyboard.
  •     Save and resume game (stored on SD card).
  •     Games may be tagged as favourites and recalled through a favourites menu.
  •     Player controls completely reconfigurable.
  •     Game pokes can be stored on SD card.
  •     Switchable Kempston and Cursor joystick emulation.
  •     Default Machine selection (48K and 128K models).
  •     Access to programming mode (BASIC).

  •     3.5mm stereo headphone socket for private listening.
  •     Supports connection of external keyboard.
  •     Headphone socket doubles as an A/V connection, allowing stereo audio and composite video connection to a TV. Supports PAL and NTSC formats.

Contact Us

Retro Computers Ltd
10-14 Accommodation Road
NW11 8ED
Company Registration Number 08831435 Registered in England & Wales