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.