New Commodore 64 PC Gets Ready To Run

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New Commodore 64 PC Gets Ready To Run

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The Commodore 64 computer system is coming back with current-day power underneath its classic enclosure.

After computer manufacturer Commodore International launched the Commodore 64 in 1982, it quickly became a retail powerhouse and a landmark in gaming history. Thanks to its unique sound chip and computing power, a massive amount of games were created for the system, some of which that live on today through Nintendo's virtual console and emulation. The hardware will live on as well, sort of, as Commodore USA has announced plans to reintroduce the classic C64 chassis with modern day components stuffed inside for a product called the Commodore PC64.

Commodore USA is taking their current business model of creating all-in-one products, basically laptops without screens, and reapplying it to the form factor that made them a household name even decades later. According to the press release, underneath the keys of the PC64 will be an Intel Atom 525 CPU with NVIDIA Ion2 graphics, 4GB DDR3 memory, a 1TB hard drive, HDMI, DVD/CD optical drive (Blu-ray optional), dual-link DVI, six USB ports, integrated 802.11n WiFi, bluetooth, and a 6-in-1 media card reader. While this seems like something that should have been done long ago, there were apparently rights issues that only cleared up recently.

The Commodore 64 is said to have sold more than 30 million units, so anybody that grew up close to the 1980s likely messed around with one either at school or at home. The PC64 will be a way to relive those classic memories, uncomfortable typing position and all. Now if only someone can get the rights to the C64 Batman game with the greatest music ever for a re-release, it'll be just like the real thing.

Source: Engadget

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I look forward to once again sitting there for 10 minutes turning the thing on and off repeatedly just so it will read the disk in the drive.

The heart above my avatar just got 10x larger!

Thank you for linking me to that song.
That was awesome.

Holy crap, I'm too young to have experienced the Commodore, but this looks awesome!

Ha! I see what you did there!
(If only I know how to post the picture /sad face)

wait, whats with the blue-ray? for PC/Laptops it's just a mere gimmick.

I wonder what LRR's gonna think. o:
I'm a tech geek, so this'll be awsome. n______n

mad825:
wait, whats with the blue-ray? for PC/Laptops it's just a mere gimmick.

Unless they plan on hooking up their computer to a TV, I agree with you on that.

That is AWESOME. This made my day that much brighter.

Hells yeah, a reason to use that 60inch tv without moving my PC

Holy... I nerdgasmed at least eight times just n-

Theres another one.

This is amazing! I grew up on the commodore 64 even though I was born in 1990.

My dad and my godfather still long for the C64 days and even told me stories of how awesome it was, although I never used one of those (my heart will always belong to the Commodore Amiga), I'm planning on buying one of these for my dad =).

Wantwantwantwantwantwant.

No, wait, NEEDNEEDNEEDNEEDNEED!

This is possibly the best marketing/design idea I've heard in a long time from the computer industry.

So it's like a PC Console?

Ah, lovely, more awesomeness to add to my chiptune collection :)

I confess, the Commodore 64 is a little old for me, but I sure love the retro look. Hopefully they'll plan a European/Oceanic release as well. Actually, come to think of it, was the original C64 released in Australia at all? I don't even know.

What would make me laugh is the Commodore Vic-PC20 with modern innards. I betcha my old one is in a closet somewhere at the folks house. Now THAT I think I might get. Besides the color is better looking.

my father had one I might pick one up if the price is right

I was 3 years old when I learned how to use one of those. My dad only had to show me once how to use it. That must have been in 86-87.

Consider this Bought!

tehroc:
So it's like a PC Console?

Think you might have nailed it on the head. Now if it included the ROM for Basic, too, the dream would be complete.

load"*",8,1

loading...
ready.
run!

-respects to Graham and Paul and Co., but also respects to me. The C64 was my candy growing up.

Damn, I never even had a C64 (I was too busy not existing in 1982) but somehow I feel the desire to get one of these new units.

Great, now I can say that my PC is less powerful than a C64.
Why can't I win the lottery just once?

Oh wow. The Commodore 64 was before my time, but by the gods that is so gloriously retro that it's actually beautiful.

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEES! YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES! This is a freakin dream come true! WTH didn't somebody do this before! I hope it could run normal PC stuff though.

Mastercylinder:
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEES! YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES! This is a freakin dream come true! WTH didn't somebody do this before! I hope it could run normal PC stuff though.

It is a normal PC. Just stuffed in a replica chassis of the good ol' C64.

Mr.Tea:

Mastercylinder:
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEES! YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES! This is a freakin dream come true! WTH didn't somebody do this before! I hope it could run normal PC stuff though.

It is a normal PC. Just stuffed in a replica chassis of the good ol' C64.

>_< I'm over-excited. the thing I like is the fact it has all this wondeful stuff built in with a gaming mindset intact.

Sounds awesome,never touched a commodore(I think)

SupahGamuh:
My dad and my godfather still long for the C64 days and even told me stories of how awesome it was, although I never used one of those (my heart will always belong to the Commodore Amiga), I'm planning on buying one of these for my dad =).

My heart belongs to the Commodore Amiga aswell. My friends had C64's though, but when I finally managed to get some serious money together, the Amiga 500 was the future and the logical choice :P

I like it, but i would rather have an Amiga 500 version.

SaintWaldo:
The heart above my avatar just got 10x larger!

"And what happened then? Well, in Whoville the Escapist forums they say that the Grinch's Saint Waldo's small heart grew three 10 sizes that day."

OT: But yeah, that's pretty darn cool.

Oh. MY. GOD!

Do Want!


i had a c64 with the 5 something floppy and a 128d with the built in floppy, god takes me back some great games, gunship, pirates, karateka, flight simulator, zak mcracken, test drive, zork, on and on.

and heck printshop for all your school needs and a dot matrix printer so you could print out your 10 page school report in 10 minutes, when the feed did not crap out and trashed the report.

Flankhard:

My heart belongs to the Commodore Amiga aswell. My friends had C64's though, but when I finally managed to get some serious money together, the Amiga 500 was the future and the logical choice :P

Problem with the Amiga was that loads of the games were just trashy ST ports that forgot the blitter/raster, or even worse, 64 ports like Wizball that crashed out because there was no SID/AGNUS to support them.

Although the Amiga did have Wicked, and the Shadow of the Beast games.

Fearzone:
What would make me laugh is the Commodore Vic-PC20 with modern innards. I betcha my old one is in a closet somewhere at the folks house. Now THAT I think I might get. Besides the color is better looking.

You mean this one?
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Look closely at who's endorsing it.

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