Now here's a kick ass product... over 1000 games built in and you can add more via an SD card slot!
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Posted Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:46 PM
I have to have one for my collection. I really hope this thing isn't a joke like the NeoGeo X Gold was.
Posted Fri Oct 2, 2015 4:49 AM
Posted Fri Oct 2, 2015 10:51 AM
"the VEGA is not pretending to be a ZX Spectrum, it IS a ZX Spectrum" ... without a keyboard; the Speccy games used the keyboard, this would have been really cool with a ZX style keyboard.
Posted Fri Oct 2, 2015 11:29 AM
and no joystick option?
Posted Fri Oct 2, 2015 6:55 PM
That thing looks pretty neat, but I think the price is a tad bit high for what it has. I think if they were to throw in a keyboard and joystick port it would be worth it, without that stuff it's cool but I don't know how well it would work with some stuff.
It's a cool idea, and it seems like it would be a fun little toy that I would grab.
Edited by BurritoBeans, Fri Oct 2, 2015 6:57 PM.
Posted Sat Oct 3, 2015 2:25 AM
A C64 with UK games would've been more worth it. Especially with Thalamus, System 3, Martech, Hewson, you know, the good stuff. 1000 UK games in a C64 I'd definitely would buy. And of course you got the joystick option.
Edited by high voltage, Sat Oct 3, 2015 2:25 AM.
Posted Wed Dec 2, 2015 10:45 AM
I got the Vega a couple of weeks ago despite never having played any Spectrum in my life let alone owned one, but i think it's a fun thing and many of the games are great. The SD-slot makes sure that you will never run out of games ever, something certain other manufacturers of these kinds of devices should take advice from. Build quality is good and the buttons feel alright, but the device feels extremely light, and on the subject of buttons i think they should have opted for more than 4 big buttons and 4 smaller ones as many games have you switching between "primary and secondary" layouts which is frustrating in a fast arcade-game.
I miss the option of any type of keyboard interface as the built-in virtual keyboard á la the kind used on Playstation and Xbox is awkward and slow to use in anything above simple "Push A for this or B for that"-type of situations, certainly using it in the myriad of supplied text-adventures is a chore to say the least and in some ways exclude these types of games if you are not exceptionally good at the virtual keyboard or extremely patient.
As far as a C64 with thousands of games i would recommend getting an SD2IEC memory card-reader for the C64 as i have done. Connects to the serial port for data transfer and the cassette port for power and BOOM! Thousands of games and applications in a neat file-directory style interface, so you get all the games you'd want without letting go of the C64 itself. Much like a Harmony cart for the 2600.
EDIT: Forgot to mention that the Vega includes an assortment of nice homebrews too, and it apparently has a quite thriving homebrew scene to this day.
Edited by Raticon, Wed Dec 2, 2015 10:47 AM.
Posted Wed Dec 2, 2015 10:46 AM
Double post please delete.
Edited by Raticon, Wed Dec 2, 2015 10:46 AM.
Posted Wed Dec 2, 2015 3:33 PM
Posted Wed Dec 2, 2015 7:25 PM
Hopefully, future versions of the ZX spectrum Vega will have at least 2 joystick ports, keyboard and maybe even an expansion slot.
Posted Wed Dec 2, 2015 8:07 PM
It's probably a nice enough novelty item, as for the games, don't expect much, they are of below quality.
^Typical Commodore elitist.
Posted Wed Dec 2, 2015 9:51 PM
Sure, i'd be glad to help. There is only one screw holding it together + some clips so it took about 10 seconds to take it apart.
I took one picture of the whole board and one of the 3 main chips that was on there. Tell me if you need anything else.
The reverse side only had the connectors for the buttons on it.
The only thing i want in return is for you to tell me what these things are so i know what i was taking pictures of, deal?
EDIT: DOH! I see now that the glare from the spotlight makes some of the text on the board unreadable. Tell me if you need a clearer picture of these.
Edited by Raticon, Wed Dec 2, 2015 9:53 PM.
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Edited by Raticon, Thu Dec 3, 2015 12:40 AM.
Posted Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:33 PM
Looks like about same price as MCC-216 which can play Spectrum games and more.
The MCC-TV plays Spectrum games also and is only $80, but you need to get your own games, so it looks like they have some competition.
Posted Mon Dec 14, 2015 7:23 PM
Interesting fact you probably want to know is that the board has a USB footprint on it added at the very latest stage in development making it theoretically possible to add support for a keyboard or joystick in the future once the devs figured out how to make it into the firmware.
Plan B for them is to use the memory card for keyboard connectivity via SDIO and separate extra power supply but i cant fathom how it will work in practice.
As you probably know firmware updates as well as extra games goes there now.
This device has gotten a lot of coverage in the UK. The mainstream press is like "Remember Sir Clive Sinclair? Remember these rubber buttons? They're back! 1000 games!"
The gamer set, at least from what I've seen, seems to feel a little backlashy, kind of like how some of us felt about the Atari Flashback. It's not slick enough to attract anyone new, but it's not faithful enough to appease the old fans. It's really expensive (100 quid = US$150) for its cheap plastic and composite video output, and is missing a bunch of controls so not all of the included 1000 games are going to be playable. I'm pretty sure that not every developer is crazy about their stuff being thrown on here as an unlicensed ROM file, even 30 years after commercial viability.
There's another ZX Spectrum nostalgia kit, in the form of a Bluetooth keyboard that resembles the original, but requires a mobile device running a licensed app to work. It's the same price as the Vega, but only provides access to a subset of the games. It also costs 100 pounds. I have spent some time with the iOS app and have a feeling the included games are plenty, especially since it seems to be a curated collection rather than a ROM dump. You could also play other games on your Mac/PC and control them with this keyboard. They have some kind of lockout that lets you play more games on the website, but only with this controller.
So, they're both kinda flawed and expensive for what they are. One is a cut-down not-joystick with limited expandability, and the other is just a rubber keyboard with no brain of its own. Neither of these cash-ins seem like a must-buy to me, but I'm American and don't have fond memories of the platform. Running Spectaculator with an external joystick feels like plenty of Spectrum to me.
Posted Mon Dec 14, 2015 7:41 PM
I just realized It actually might be cheaper to run an emulator on $5 Raspberry Pi Zero as a dedicated system.
Posted Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:22 PM
Oh, definitely. You could even stick it in a retro Spectrum-shaped case, if you wanted. A regular $40 Pi would work as well. It's been done.
For $150, you could get a GPD XD with its own screen, better controls, and sufficient space to run much more than Spectrum games.
Posted Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:08 PM
I have seen those some time ago. There are too many Android devices now days, sometimes it's hard to pick and when you do new ones come out.
Posted Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:11 PM
Posted Tue Dec 15, 2015 2:33 PM
missing a bunch of controls so not all of the included 1000 games are going to be playable.
I'm pretty sure that not every developer is crazy about their stuff being thrown on here as an unlicensed ROM file, even 30 years after commercial viability.
Posted Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:10 PM
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