As I understand it, any of the models can be upgraded to be at the same spec. So not a shitty move at all.
This isn't just a case of 'ooh, taxes were a bit higher than we thought, we'll jack the price up!', the people responsible for delivering the Next had to make up the shortfall themselves. So the first round of Nexts were delivered despite it being produced at a loss. Just think about that for a moment. In this thread there was speculation about money being "lost" when in fact, the Next team have delivered something pretty astounding despite having to foot a hefty tax bill themselves. I was surprised the prices were so much higher this time around but I 100% believe the reasons given; productions costs are going to be higher because sourcing the components is now more expensive and this unforeseen tax needs to be taken into account.
There are 2,308 backers so far with 29 days to go. They're at triple the target a day in and you're moaning about the low numbers. I mean.
tbh this is such a niche machine, I'm happy that the numbers are in the thousands.
I think the price hike is putting off lots of people, yes. Given your expertise in the field of manufacturing niche micro computers, I'm surprised you haven't offered to help these guys out so they can get costs down and make the Next even more of a success.
As mentioned, I have Baggers sitting here. And Warhawk. Tyvarian was released too. These three games are up for pre-order again I believe. Q-Bee came out too but is no longer available. There are a ton of games in development, but remember, this is a niche platform. Nobody is throwing money at games on the Next to get stuff out, so it's mostly hobbyists and homebrew coders. I didn't expect any different from the platform tbh. Buying a Spectrum Next in order to access a slew of new commercial games is asking for disappointment. I believe the platform will truly shine and become home to lots of excellent games eventually, but that was never going to happen instantly.
I too use it a lot as a really good Spectrum gaming machine. Its BASIC is really fun to use and surprisingly powerful so I'll be delving into that more as well as adventures in assembly.
Part of the problem is there isn't an equivalent of the £175 model this time round.
I still can't get my head around so much (often baseless) negativity toward an actual new model of Sinclair Spectrum in 2020 which is really, really, surprisingly good. I mean that this thing actually even happened is ridiculous.