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Three down, one to go!
Posted by Henrique Olifiers
Mar 14, 2020
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If you've been following the social media group
for the ZX Spectrum Next, you would have seen a lot of proud owners
unboxing, showing their computers, coding away and generally just having fun
with their favourite games. And if you're a backer of the Accelerated tier,
you might be wondering 'wait, where's mine?'
Fear not: we've now finished shipping most tiers -- Base, Plus and Yours
Truly, plus the special tiers such as Ultimate, Bundle, Joystick and Jim
Bagley. The Accelerated, the final tier, is next in line. We're almost there
As soon as your Accelerated Next ships, you'll get an email with tracking
information, allowing you to follow the Next's journey from Nottingham to
your door. We already have hundreds of units ready at the factory, we're just
holding up for a small foam insert devised to keep the Next safer inside its
box. This should arrive at SMS this week, and allow us to start dispatching
For the Kickstarter 2.0 we're upgrading the box's innards with a new design
and sturdier material. Even though the current box survived our 'shake-it-up'
tests, and in the end performed fairly OK as less than 1% of the units
suffered any damage in transit (a decent industry ratio), we can do better.
A possible solution -- actually an earlier design of the box!
The Next is real -- and getting a lot of love!
Now that the Next is in the wild, it's finally being put through its paces.
While it's extremely humbling to see the praise the Next is gathering, we
can't help but feel a sense of pride in what we accomplished together. Every
backer, every coder, every professional and community member collaborated to
make the Next a reality... Finally seeing it being enjoyed and liked by
everyone is just what we hoped would be achieved at the end of a long, long
So, without further ado, a few of our favourite reviews of the ZX Spectrum
First, Nostalgia Nerd
where Peter walks us through every possible detail of the Next:
Here's Evgeniy Suhomlin from sinc LAIR
skipping work to give the Next a spin in Ukraine (with subtitles):
Perifractic from Retro Recipes
has a step by step look at the Next, including adventures loading Atic Atac
from tape, an endeavour which no one can fault.
And finally Mamemeister
unboxing his Next!
About that light beer virus...
First and foremost, we hope you're reading this while keeping safe in these
strange times. The pandemic is here, and we're all dealing with its
consequences in one way or another. We have been receiving quite a few
questions about shipping to Italy, now under total quarantine, and soon
expect similar developments around the world. Where does this leave the
shipping to your country?
Our shipping partner is monitoring delivery capabilities daily across the
world, and we get constant updates. Right now there isn't any reported
disruption, but in the eventuality that it happens, your Next will be kept
safe in storage either in Nottingham (if a country is disrupted before
shipping) or at a local distribution centre (if a country is disrupted after
shipping), with the tracking updated reflecting these two scenarios.
Right now we haven't seen couriers being severely affected by government
measures. Even China, at the height of their quarantine, still kept parcels
going with some minor disruptions reported earlier on, but fixed soon
afterwards. We hope this will be the case elsewhere, but whatever happens we
will keep you posted.
Multiple cores on the Next
There are now a few unnofficial new cores for the Next released by community
members (such as our Victor Trucco, Antonio Silva -- who also ported the Next
core to the ZX DOS -- and David Banks), implementing support for new
computers and consoles. From an Amstrad CPC6128 to the original Pong arcade
to even a BBC Master complete with a tube-based coprocessor!
It's still a pain to get these to work as currently only a single extra core
can be addressed, so the team is looking into creating some sort of
'bios-esque' menu to allow easiness of use of cores other than the native
Next. We'll also issue some guidelines and instructions for developers to
support the Next native capabilities, such as its keyboard audio ports, WiFi
and RTC integration and possibly HDMI output, which hopefully, will keep the
cores more consistent and making the best possible use of the Next. We've
already taken such steps starting with System/Next v.1 by adding the
c:/machines/ directory in order for authors to store their core-specific
files so users can still use their distribution SD card to support all
possible cores on their machines.
A very much Work-In-Progress menu
Seeing that there's interest in extra cores, we'll pursue licensing a few and
officially support those which we gather the licenses for. These licensed
cores will be integrated into the upcoming System/Next versions to make this
easier, just like we've done with the ZX80 and ZX81 (albeit these weren't
cores but emulators).
Just remember that if you use an unlicensed/unofficial core, things can go
wrong -- so make sure you know how to recover from a firmware crash --
Phoebus has set up a facebook group
for community-provided help and support to help with this as the SpecNext
cannot support them. And above all, only use ROMs you're legally entitled to
or are in the public domain.We do not support piracy!
Shout to Andrew Lair and his new racing project, Bikers, which is looking
damn fine on the Next. While Andrew caveats that most of the art in the demo
right now is borrowed, it already shows the direction the game is headed --
and it will be available this Summer on both download and physical copies. As
a Super Hang On and Endure Racer fan, this game can't come soon enough!
Last day to order Baggers in Space, Warhawk and Tyvarian!
Our friends at RustyPixels
would like to remind you that March 15 (aka tomorrow!) is the last day for
you to order their games in wonderful physical format. Head over to the shop
and grab your collectible games before they are history!
Have your pick. Or pick all three!
Right, that's it from us. Back to work as those Accelerated Nexts won't ship
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