X68000 Z Hacker's Edition
Image: ZUIKI Inc.

Earlier this year, we brought you the news that the arcade and system-on-chip (SoC) manufacturer ZUIKI had announced the X68000 Z mini, a miniature recreation of Sharp's Japanese home computer from the 80s.

The mini console was meant to go on pre-order on October 8th of this year, alongside a spec reveal, but the manufacturer made the announcement only the day before that it had delayed this in order to further refine the product and get additional feedback.

Recently, however, on Twitter, ZUIKI announced something called the Hacker's Edition, which will be made available to a select group of applicants in order to test an early version of the product and put it through its paces. Recruitment is still ongoing, with those chosen being announced on December 18th. Desirable qualities include having experience of embedded app development for Linux and the ability to communicate feedback to the team and participate in its promotion.

Alongside the Hacker's Edition, ZUIKI also revealed something of a vague roadmap on its website, giving a tentative release date for 2023, which will mark 36 years since its initial release. Several phases of the product's development were also outlined too, with the Hacker's Edition representing "Phase 0", an Early Access version marking "Phase 1" and a Black Model being part of "Phase 2." We'll try and keep you updated once we find out more about a potential release schedule or features.

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