ZX Spectrum Next Issue 2 blasts through Kickstarter goal

Publishedduration13 Augustimage copyrightKickstarterimage captionThe ZX Spectrum Next Issue 2 is a fully redesigned version of the original computer from the 1980s

A new remake of the 1980s British computer the ZX Spectrum has soared past its crowdfunding target in just two days.

The ZX Spectrum Next Issue 2 has raised nearly £900,000 – far beyond its £250,000 goal – with 28 days of fundraising left to go.

More than 2,500 backers have chipped in to the project so far.

The Issue 2 is an updated version of an earlier ZX Spectrum Next, which was funded via Kickstarter in 2017.

More than 3,000 units of that version were made, the last of which were shipped earlier this year.

The ZX Spectrum Next Issue 2 is to include upgraded hardware such as a faster processor, twice as much memory and a high-resolution mode – though its computing power is closer to the original than modern high-end computers.

The remade computers allow players to use the original game cassettes if they want, rather than merely emulating the games purely via software.

Both the Next and Next Issue 2 models have been spearheaded by London-based developer Henrique Olifiers, co-founder of game maker Bossa Studios.