Next Launcher




Next Launcher is a game launching organiser, which revolutionises the way you manage your ZX Spectrum Next games collection. Now with 3,000 editable game slots, Internet integration, & a host of features with a fully customisable front end. As a result of feedback, this version is now a fast Lite distribution, with the previous features and media (music, wallpaper etc.) available as optional extra downloads. Next Launcher is the ultimate menu tool for the Spectrum Next. Help and Support with Launcher products available from our Facebook group too!!

Charity aware

This software has been developed over many hours and available for you as a unrestricted download for you for FREE. If you intend to use this Software, we ask you to consider a donation of your choosing to our Cancer Research Fundraiser for vital research. It is for the greater good, for everyone. 1 in 3 of us will get cancer in our lifetime, your donation will help to beat it. Your Donation, however small, to Cancer Research via this link is my inspiration to develop great Spectrum software for you - while keeping our retro community healthy as we grow old. PLEASE VISIT We raised 1,000 pounds in 2023.. Every little bit helps!

New Features

* Search and download games directly into Launcher slots.
* Automatic organisation of downloaded games saved in downloads within alphabetically ordered folders.
* Expanded to 3,000 game slots. Organise your games and files in any order you please.
* Faster boot up ** Press any key during Launcher start up or disable boot up screen for quick access
* Auto complete of naming files now when adding games. Makes for faster intergration
* Check-up Utility tool ** Should you have Launcher issues, available from the settings menu
* Both SCR & BMP formats supported for the loading screen backdrop
* Hardware support ** Game Loading Mouse & ZX Retro Wireless
* Mouse controllable game menu ** Added alongside joystick and curser keys
* Reduced overall file size ** Lite Launcher version - expandable with plug-ins and updates.
* Advanced delete function ** Remove pages altogether, or single shortcuts

Key Features

* Organise games, tools and documents with ease. Says goodbye to a disorganised SD card
* Assign games in the menu slots by browsing the SD Card or now download directly online. ** Configured and working Wi-Fi card required.
* Organise your menus how you want them
** Categorise your games, applications, utilities or documents whatever the format.
* Customisable ** From wallpapers, boot screens and colour schemes with a choice of colour palettes
 with more available to download, or add your own.
* Launcher hardware products support **such as the Game loading Mouse & ZX Retro Wireless. Load Tape games with the new retro way!
* Direct online Launcher updates ** Stay up-to-date with the latest features and bug fixes.
* Improved News ticker ** Get the latest Next News and updates on Launcher.
* Flexible game management ** Move games & menus and create quick links between banks and menus
* Music Xtream downloader PT3 player
 ** Creates background music for your Launcher experience pick from thousands of PT3 tunes online, easy from the settings menu
* Enable/Disable Launcher on boot ** Choose to have Launcher starts on boot or select from the Next Browser menu.
* Clear instruction guide  ** Updated Launcher User manual, featuring a Q&A section and Key Map to get you gaming with ease

Updated with fixes

* Improved file browser display
* ZX NEXT OS version checker updated for KS2 and KS1, NGO and XBerry devices.
* Removed excess wallpapers, screensavers for Lite version (available as optional downloads).
* Removed Watch and QR TV from default distribution and large catalogue of wallpapers, (available as optional downloads).
* Fixed colour clash text on wallpapers during preview and boot screen.
* Clearer font for menus where required & more readable news ticker.
* About screen:  Returns to Launcher instead of quitting altogether.
* Music Xtream: Setting pre-saved issue as fixed.
* Improved keymap
* Improved setup process with new Settings screen and Wi-Fi setup option.
* Improved Setup-instructions in PDF format and updated next readable manual

Next Launcher Ultimate Online Edition

Plug-in Extras

Launcher Wallpaper Pack update, click HERE
Launcher boot screens art pack 1, art pack 2 and art pack 3Note: art pack v3 and above are only compatible with Launcher v15.x and above

Unzip the folders in the Launcher\wallpaper directory after you installed or upgraded the product
Change boot screen Shift B, or Change Launcher wallpaper Shift W

More information on our Facebook page


As Launcher projects have grown so has the team who have contributed to the success of the projects I created.  I want to acknowledge the exceptional people who have given up their free
time (past and present) and influenced or been part of the software and hardware projects that have come about. My heartfelt thanks to you all....

Allan Johnstone - Facebook moderator, beta testing, hardware builder and documentation
Dean Woodyatt - Hardware PCB designer, and brainstorming
Bret Pritchard - Beta testing, and video demonstrations
Justin Smith - Beta tester
Michael Markowski - Facebook moderator
Dave Sonic Clarke - Web coding, and Hosting back end
Jarda Novotnej - Graphics specialist
Nick O'Carroll - Retro Musician
Alan Robinson - Beta tester
Matthew Preston - Beta testing (Retired)

Assisting with features past and recent:

Remy Sharp
HTTP Internet device driver & API back-end to for the game downloads.
Miroslav Bursa (Shrek/MB Maniax)
WC WIFI card config driver
Tape2Tap & NextServer
Damien Guard
Font designs
David Saphier
Use of PT3 & fsize device drivers
Ilya Nikishin (Caliph)
"Classic World2" music
Hirac Kasapoglu
ZX Spectrum Gamer- Implementing multi speed support for ZX Retro Wireless/Game loading mouse
Goran Devic, Baltazr Studios
PlayZx- Implementing multi speed support for ZX Retro Wireless/Game loading mouse
Anriy S'omak
ZX Tape Player - ZXTunes com - PT3 Specy archive
Sean Malseed
68k News - Multi-regional news back end for Next News Headlines

Inspiring me to up my game:

Matt Langley
Robin Verhagen-Guest
Paul Land
Crash Magazine