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The Commodore 64 Making a Comeback (?)

I am dating myself by mentioning this .. but the commodore for its time was an innovation.

Below is all the Commodore 64 (or C64) was. You had to hook up a monitor to it. Everything else was self-contained, a bit like our laptops now.

Hardware

I remember watching my parents play Mario brothers on it or Boulder Dash and I loved playing Pegasus.. it was good for bit games, but don’t try to save or print, the dot-matrix printer would got a little screwy and you lost on your work.


For those that don’t remember or weren’t born when it was popular:

The Commodore 64 is an 8-bit home computer introduced by Commodore International in January 1982. Volume production started in the spring of 1982, with machines being released on to the market in August at a price of US $595.[2][3] Preceded by the Commodore VIC-20and Commodore MAX Machine, the C64 features 64 kilobytes (65,536 bytes) of memory with sound and graphics performance that were superior to IBM-compatible computers of that time. It is commonly known as the C64 or C=64 (after the graphic logo on the case) and occasionally as the CBM 64 (for Commodore Business Machines), or VIC-64.[4] It has also been affectionately nicknamed the “breadbox” and “bullnose” due to the shape and color of the first version of its casing.

(Taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_64)


I found out after browsing Yahoo that this thing is going to make a comeback…

Barry Altman, president and chief executive of Commodore USA, said he purchased the Commodore trademark in September of last year with the goal of reviving the company and offering a product that no longer exists.

“Thirty years ago computers were an all-in-one product, with the keyboard, memory and components built inside,” Mr. Altman explained. “Over the years that has changed,  and we believe there is a huge potential to revive the early format.”

The new Commodore 64, which will begin shipping at the end of the month, has been souped up for the modern age. It comes with a 1.8 gigahertz dual-core processor, an optional Blu-ray player and built-in ethernet and HDMI ports. It runs the Linux operating system but the company says you can install Windows if you like. The new Commodore is priced between $250 to $900.

The company’s Web site says that the new Commodore 64 is “a modern functional PC,” and that although the guts of the device have greatly improved, the exterior is “as close to the original in design as humanly possible.” Most people would not be able to visibly tell the old or new versions apart, it

( Taken from http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/112510/new-commodore-64-nyt )


So let’s recap, here is the old one

And here is the new one

New Features:

The new Commodore 64 also features a slot or tray load DVD R/W(Bluray optional) on the left side of the unit.

The base Commodore 64 comes with 2 GB of DDR3 memory and is expandable to 4 GB.

A multi format card reader/writer and a USB slot are provided on the right side of the unit. There are an additional 4 USB slots on the rear of the unit for all your peripheral needs.

The new Commodore 64 can be connected to the latest televisions and monitors,  and can deliver 1080p HD quality video playback and 6 Channel High Definition Audio for an excellent home theater experience. It also incorporates wireless n wifi for exceptional internet video streaming quality.
The classic power light is now the power button.

Play all your favorite 8-bit era games within seconds of turning the Commodore 64 on, by either selecting the C64 icon from the boot menu to run a C64 emulator directly, or from a media center program within our own Commodore Operating System.

Note: Commodore OS 1.0, along with emulation functionality and classic game package, will be mailed to purchasers when available. In the meantime, units come with the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating system on CD ready to install.

(Taken from http://www.commodoreusa.net/CUSA_C64.aspx )


What are your thoughts?

Personally, I think it’s a novelty item. Yes, it has been upgraded, but do people really want a clunky breadbox of a keyboard and have to find a monitor to hook up to? Only die-hard fans will. Practical people forgot about this computer long before the company stopped making it.
Good luck to Commodore on your comeback, but I don’t see it lasting long.

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