Skip to comments.Commodore USA begins shipping replica C64s next week, fulfilling your beige breadbox...
Posted on 06/20/2011 3:58:18 AM PDT by markomalley
If you're like us, you've probably been holding your breath in anticipation since Commodore USA announced its replica of the famous C64. It promised a keyboard PC that duplicated the original's retro-beige finish, with an Atom CPU and an NVIDIA Ion graphics card under the hood. But despite numerous announcements, and even after a cross-promotion with Tron: Legacy, they've yet to ship any products. The latest word from the company has pre-orders shipping next week, in five different varieties, from a barebones chassis and card reader to the C64x Ultimate an $895 machine that includes 1TB hard drive and a Blu-ray player. If you haven't been teased enough over the past year of delays, hit the video after the break for more preview images.
Now if they could make the Blu-Ray look like the C1541, they'd be right in there:
Nice, but it ain’t a replica if it doesn’t match the performance of the original C64.
I think a modern wrist watch exceeds the computing power of original C64.
That’s a positively modern compared to the first single-sided 360K drives available from Commodore.
Can't say that I have.
They’re going to lose their shirts.
“Colors and graphics” may be fun for the kids when it comes to Pong and Pac-Man down at the arcade but they just aren’t going to be an issue in personal computing.
Thanks but no thanks... I’ll hold on to my PET.
I only have one question.
1) the only people who would want to tinker with a C64 are geeks.
2) they would want to open it up and work with the original parts.
3) Geeks are smart enough to recognize the difference between a C64 and some crippled state of the art processor.
But it would only be able to play DVDs in slow motion.
Novelty and Nostalgia.
I’ve even toyed around with putting a modern PC in a beige box from 92 just for kicks.
This is the equivalent of getting a sailship replica of the Cutty Sark in a bottle. Nice to look at, kind of cool. Put it back on the mantle where it belongs.
Pretty cool of them to do this. I wish they would reboot Atari.
still have my Amiga 500, works just fine...
My Commodore VIC-20 still works and I have the cassette tape drive and a 300 baud modem! They all still work!
If this 80’s retro catches on, could reintroduction of the Chrysler K-Car be far behind?
I have an old Atari 800XL with about 25 game cartridges including flight simulator, duck hunt, word processing and BASIC-PLUS. It still works!
I had one cartridge game, “Choplifter”.
Everything else was text, like running the “Star Trek” game from a cassete tape.
I spent two weeks of my junior year at Michigan State “reverse engineering” Avalon Hill’s “Midway” game to give my aircraft carriers radar technology.
Don’t forget little brother VIC-20’s cassette tape storage.
Cool.. The Atari 1200Xl was my machine.. very nice keyboard.. The guys who rebooted the Commodore brand did it because they were sick of only hearing about Apple and PCs.
Obama’s waaaay ahead of you.
The K-cars were bought up by goobermint and military. Army K-cars were lime green and the USAF got the blue ones.
Obama’s gonna guy up a shit-ton of Chevy Volts since nobody else (other than his chronies at GE) is buying them.
Every thing old is new again.
I just found an old episode of Airwolf on Hulu. At one point the high tech intelligence agents are picked up in a Plymouth Horizon.
I feel old
My first PC clone was a Commodore with two 360K floppy disk drives.
A year later my office had a 20 meg HD. The guy in the next office bragged about his 40 meg. My thought was “who in the heck needs 40 megs, it would take a lifetime to fill it.”
I had one of the first 500 C-64s and there wasn’t a disk available at release, either. I used tape for the first 8 months, IIRC. Considering all the problems I had with the original 1541 disk drive, the tape was a blessing. I think mine was repaired about five times and was once in the shop for three months.
It’ll never replace the adding machine. I took a night class at the the high school to learn DoS and it so traumatized me that I never touched another computer until I bought a Mac clone from Sears in the early 90s.
My ba-by!! My first love!
Begone evil K-car troll!!
Why not. It’s a nice little machine, with a bit of throwback chassis and the ability to play those old commie games some of which were damn good.
I had one back in the 80’s (don’t remember what year) and it was fun at the time. I even built my own rs232 port that plugged into the expansion slot on the back so I could send files (text mostly) back and forth between my Commodore and my ‘shoebox’ z80 computer.
But now that the dinosaurs have died, I need to move on.
It’s a full fledged Ubuntu installed 64 bit computer, OK it’s an underpowered Atom processor, but with a Linux you’ll hardly notice. Little bit of throwback decor never hurt anybody, and those games, some of the best games ever made were on the C64, haven’t seen a list of which ones they’re giving with the machine.
The C63 was maybe 15” across, 6” deep and a couple inches high. You should be able to fit a mini-ATX motherboard and the other basics in there to make a pretty decent PC.
“Little bit of throwback decor never hurt anybody”
Funny, but that’s exactly what my wife says to her friends when she’s looking at me!
If that wasn't bad enough, whenever you would throw a pass, it would stop, cycle through the floppy for about ten seconds, and then it would show the rest of the play!
Some people are nostalgic for the simplicity and fun that computers used to be. A few years ago some lady designed a joystick with a C64 built into it. I wonder what happened to that.
I just got an ipad and im trying to find out how I go to my home page in the web browser. I cant find the button. I know this is off subject for this thread but ive been trying to find it for 3 hours and am now frustrated to no end. Hope someone can help. Im sure it is something simple I am overlooking. Thanks
Radio Shack TRS80 and that wondetful TRSDos was my first computer
You kids and your newfangled PCs... The Sinclair ZX81 was a real man’s computer! If you need more than 1k of memory, your code’s bloated!
I might be wrong, but I seem to remember the C1541 as being a 170K drive.
I recall cutting tabs in the opposite sides and flipping them over.
360K does sound a bit much for 1983.
Me too. The computer stores even started to carry punches that made perfect rectangular tabs. Remember how a C1541 would clatter and bang with copy protected disks?