Re: How much longer?
Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:28 pm
There will be.
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Unfortunately, this problem is more psychological than technical. I see three possible outcomes for the ZX Next project:
I've got enough going on in my life besides my hobbies (if I ever get time for them) - it's just I remember every now and again that I'm due something I paid for. As time's going by, I feel the chance of receiving what I've ordered is dwindling month after month...Cthutu wrote: ↑Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:04 pmIn the meantime, have fun with one of the two emulators out there (ZesaurX and Cspect). Use them and the myriad of tools to learn how to program the machine. I personally use Sjasmplus and Cspect to develop Lords of Midnight and a bunch of batch files linking them up.
By the time the machine arrives, you will have more knowledge about it. NextBASIC is particularly fun and easy to use. Look to my own Orb Run game in the Games/Next/Orb folder. Just select Orb.BAS and try to figure out how things work. I intend to write a tutorial later.
Or... do something else with your life, happy in the knowledge that one day a marvellously designed machine will arrive.
I understand you wanting to get your hands on it, but I don't understand when people want to sell their pledge. You've paid for it, and it will arrive some time. Even if you sell your pledge because you are short of money doesn't make sense to me. If the Next arrived tomorrow, would you still not be short of cash? I guarantee that if you sell your pledge, and the Nexts are shipped and everyone is enjoying the new games except for you, you'd be bummed. And over what? Some impatience?
Most Russian development has involved trivial improvements on the original machine. Some of the features that machines like the Pentagon got were due to errors in copying the original spectrum. Faster cpu, more memory, two sound chips, disk drives, all simple.
It takes three to four weeks to make any sort of change and test. Once everything is settled (this includes making a few prototype machines for testing), a slot has to be scheduled for assembly. I don't think the lead time is too long on that but that always depends on how busy the facility is. Printing of manuals, creating the cases, do not take long.
This is not a store - the kickstarter was an investment to **begin** the physical development of the case and keyboard. The kickstarter also added stretch goals which meant the pcb had to be redesigned and that was done and delivered as the board-only option which about 440 people have had for more than a year.If a local store had an item on offer and it was expected by a certain date, I'd expect quite a few people to be cheesed off if they'd paid their money up front and still had nothing to show for it.
Because of the delay, the machine has seen a lot of development in the core and software which has far exceeded what was in the original kickstarter promise. People who have seen the prototype in person at retro shows over the past 4 months have all had positive reviews, keyboard included, aside from the composite key issue.Edit: and with all of the manufacturing problems of late, I wouldn't be surprised if some (if not all of) the "stretch goals" are compromised, due to the funds being used to get the main unit working correctly.
If this project ever sees the light of day, I doubt that all which has been promised will be fully realised.
I'll gladly buy your pledge.