The Commodore 64 is Coming Back

Remember the Commodore 64? First released in early 1982, the C64 was an 8-bit home computer that featured 64kb of memory and sounds and graphics that surpassed the IBM-PCs of the day. (Full disclosure: I had one.) Just when you thought the C64 was a relic of the past, it’s coming back.

Over on the official Commodore site, you can order yours. The basic model has some decent specs, sporting all of these goodies:

  • Cherry brand key switches
  • mini-ITX PC motherboard
  • 1.8ghz dual-core Intel Atom D525 CPU
  • Nvidia Ion2 graphics chipset w/ Dedicated DDR3 512MB graphics memory onboard
  • 2GB of DDR3 memory (available upgrade to 4GB)
  • DVD Drive
  • PureVideo™ Full 1080p HD video and Blu-ray playback
  • 2 Internal SATA2 3.0Gb/s port with RAID 0, 1, JBOD
  • Realtek ALC662 6-CH HD Audio and Nvidia L-PCM digital audio (HDMI 1.3) can support 7.1 output with external decoder
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating system included on disk

 

Plus, it’s just cool, man. It may not run Crysis, but it should be sufficient for fulfilling all your normal computer needs. Plus, it comes with a C64 emulator and classic game package so you can revisit all the classic games of your childhood.

Prices range from $250 for the barebones model all the way up to $895 for the Ultimate model. You can see all the options on the Commodore 64 store page.

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12 Comments on The Commodore 64 is Coming Back

Aids

On April 7, 2011 at 11:23 am

These things were steaming piles of . Putting linux on it would make it an EVEN BIGGER pile of .

Garyn Dakari

On April 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

@Aids
-1
The Commodore was awesome! I’ve got one too!

J

On April 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

@Aids

More powerful than anything it was up against. Putting Ubuntu on it would make it perfect for general surfing, etc, but a bit pricey. Try again, internet tough guy.

It’s very strange seeing a C64 with a HDMI connection!

Ron Whitaker

On April 8, 2011 at 5:24 am

@J: That’s the first thing I said! I think I stared at it for about 10 minutes trying to come to grips with HDMI and USB ports on a C64.

Some dude

On April 8, 2011 at 6:54 am

@Aids LOL sounds to me like someone didn’t get one of these as a kid and really wanted one!!! Putting Ubuntu and HDMI on this baby just pushed her into epicness!!!!!

Loony2nz

On April 8, 2011 at 10:24 am

But…can it play Jumpman or Zork?

Danger Dan

On April 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm

All I can say is Wow!!
I feel like Ive been whisked back to my High School days.
My father still has an original he plays some of his games on, so this is going to be a big hit for him.
This had better not be a late April Fools joke, I’ll be upset.
@Aids, don’t be a douche!

Lucy

On April 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm

OMG! This was my first computer! LOL God I feel old now. :/
It’s great that it’s coming back too. :)

Alex

On April 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm

So it’s actually just a PC in a commodore looking box/keyboard …?? Including an emu which will run old school games…
That sucks !!!

poul andersen

On April 10, 2011 at 5:40 am

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by: Alex

On April 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm

So it’s actually just a PC in a commodore looking box/keyboard …?? Including an emu which will run old school games…
That sucks !!!
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Hear hear !! :( crap—–

Jeff_Katarn

On April 11, 2011 at 6:40 am

This would be awesome. Even though I’m in the Nintendo 64 generation, not Commodore 64.

Harry Nalgas

On April 12, 2011 at 6:56 am

Must have! Being po’ white trash, we couldn’t
afford a 64. (gots me an Atari-2600 instead)

But the genesis of many lines & years of code
writing began on the Commodore Pet, circa same.

Just for nostalgia, I’ll buy one and any other
frivolity I can think of (like a cotton candy
machine!)and chalk it up to childhood
deprivation.

Can I get a wut whut in Beginner’s All-purpose
Symbolic Instruction Code?