Rumours have been flying around the computer industry this
summer that Amstrad are expected to halt production of the Spectrum +2. The
hardware giant currently has a stock of 35,000 Spectrums which it expects to
fill the Christmas demand with. But after that, the rumours say, no more are to
be made. If you’ve heard that, don’t panic — it’s a
load of chunter. One quick phone call to Amstrad soon sorted all the gossip
CRASH: Hello! It’s CRASH! So, what about this ‘Amstrad axing the
AMSTRAD: Oh, that story...
CRASH (in a bit of a strop):
AMSTRAD: No, no, no, The
Spectrum’s still a really strong
market for us and we’ll keep
CRASH: Oh, that’s good.
AMSTRAD: Yes, its got a really
strong market in the UK, Spain
and lots of places in Europe!
CRASH: So, it’s still on the
AMSTRAD: Indeed it is.
CRASH: That’s lubbly jubbly,
so a big Hurrah! for that! Byeeee!
AND A NEW ONE FROM ’STRAD!
There’s a new machine coming from Amstrad who are forcibly
putting themselves at the forefront of taking powerful PC machines into the
games market. And what’s this bundle of fun called? The PC 5286 Games
The games side of PC machines has been growing in popularity for a long
time. Their power capabilities far exceed the Amiga, but no company has
produced one specially for the leisure market.
Amstrad’s new machine is real top-end stuff, with great graphics and
sound facilities on board (something most PC users have had to fork-out extra
for). The price tag for the bundle, including three hot games, is £899
plus VAT: cheap in the PC market, expensive in the home computer market.
Oh, and the Ed can’t help wondering if this announcement stems from a
meeting he had with Amstrad hardware boffins last Spring, when he commented
(sagely): ‘The only way forward to the ultimate leisure-based
computer is to take a PC, jazz it up with graphic and sonics capabilities
and sell it as an entertainment-based machine.’ Could it be...