Computer evolution is supposed to go forward not backwards, not according to the guys who have just launched a Commodore 64 PC.For some like me, this was the first computer they ever used back in the 1980’s.
But this isn’t the Commodore 64, of yesterday, which came with the grand total of 64k of memory, either a 1.023MHz or 0.98MHz processor, Vic II 320 by 200 16-color graphics, and the ability to connect to a floppy drive or a digital tape player.
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No, Commodore USA, which bought the naming rights to the Commodore 64 and the Amiga brand last year, has re-introduced the computer and will start shipping it in the coming weeks from its online store.
Australians will be able to buy the device for around $600 + Shipping.
Pre-orders are now being taken for $595.
The new model which still needs a display screen has a Dual Core 525 Intel Atom processors, Nvidia Ion2 graphics, 2GB of DDR 3 memory (expandable to 4GB), DVD-R/W drive with an optional Blu-ray player, and a USB port, and it can play 1080p HD quality video with six-channel surround sound.
What is cool is that the new C64 comes preloaded with many of the 8-bit games that made the computer a hot product back when it was introduced in 1982.
It now runs on Linux, but it is capable of running Windows, the company said.
The company website said it also plans to bring out an updated version of the Amiga computer, along with laptops, tablets and desktops branded with these famous names.
The company has also launched the Vic Slim all-in-one PC. Like the C64, it is a keyboard computer and will be priced at $695.