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The New Commodore 64

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the blast-from-the-past dept.

Hardware 339

An anonymous reader writes "After nearly 30 years, the Commodore brand has taken on new management and is re-releasing its flagship computer, this time with all the amenities of a modern-day computer packed inside. From the article: '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 1.8 gigahertz dual processors, an optional Blu-ray player and built-in ethernet and HDMI ports. The new Commodore is priced between $250 to $900.'"

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1st april? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737630)

1st april?

So the question is... (5, Insightful)

dskzero (960168) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737636)

... Why would I buy one?

Re:So the question is... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737710)

Disposable income and a sense of curiosity/nostalgia.

Re:So the question is... (5, Funny)

LastGunslinger (1976776) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737752)

FTA: “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.” Gee, I wish they made computers with all the components built together as one unit. Maybe they could call it a laptop or tablet.

Re:So the question is... (-1, Troll)

morgauxo (974071) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738148)

Yes, that would be a laptop. Tablets don't have all the components in any unit, they are incomplete, missing their keyboards, mouse/mouselike device and most of their function.

Re:So the question is... (1, Insightful)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738184)

Does it run linux?

Re:So the question is... (5, Interesting)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737844)

1. Nostalgia
It sure is a novelty item besides being a computer. And if it's a fully functional PC, too, you actually get a pretty usable office machine that way.

2. All-in-one
Computer and keyboard rolled back into one. At a price tag that a laptop probably cannot meet (due to flatscreens still being not free) while taking most likely much less real estate around your desk than the traditional PC, no matter whether it's tower or desktop.

Where I see its space is (home) office users who don't need high end specs but want a simple computer while already having a screen to plug it to. In other words, average computer users. And they're plentiful. Add a few nostalgic geeks and you have a market share.

Re:So the question is... (4, Insightful)

jandrese (485) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737924)

It's more expensive than a lot of laptops, and almost all netbooks.

Re:So the question is... (1)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737992)

You can buy any number of micro form factor PCs (usually business workstations) in this power range for equal or less money. I'd argue that nostalgia is the only unique trait that they're bringing to the table.

Re:So the question is... (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738144)

3. It also doubles as a hand warmer.

Re:So the question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737852)

I'd buy them if they included new SID chips built to the old specs. In fact, just sell me the SID chips and forget the computer.

Re:So the question is... (1)

Lapine (180452) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737960)

What you want is a HardSID [hardsid.com] , then.

It's not all about you. (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737880)

My wife would probably love one for her studio in place of the space sucking and noisy desktop that's up there now. (Laptops with sufficient screen size for her research are too friggin' expensive.) I also might consider one for the living room - it's a cheap way to get an internet enabled TV without the bother of replacing my existing non internet enabled one.

So, just because you wouldn't buy one doesn't mean others won't.

Re:It's not all about you. (3, Informative)

hjf (703092) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737948)

Too bad this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASUS_Eee_Keyboard [wikipedia.org] never took off. It's a nice idea - all-in-one with wireless HDMI.

Re:It's not all about you. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737998)

If you don't want a laptop there are plenty of small space saving desktop models available, from the Mac Mini to Dell's Zino [dell.com] . Or all in one computers that take up barely more space than a comparable LCD monitor.
If you are the type that roles your own, MicroATX form factor motherboards and cases abound. Since they are often used for home theaters you can find case models designed to be quiet.
The one thing this Commodore computer offers over other options is the novelty look. That keyboard was great in 84 but I can't see myself using it these days.

Re:It's not all about you. (2)

wagnerrp (1305589) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738002)

It's a 1.8GHz dual core Atom, paired with low end nVidia graphics. You can pick up a mini-itx board and case with the same specs for $250, and hide it and all the connecting wires behind the TV. Another $50 gets you a wireless bluetooth keyboard you can stuff on the side of the couch, and you have all the same functionality, only without the big clumsy keyboard on your coffee table and wires strung across the floor to your TV. There is literally no worth to this device besides a gimmick.

Re:So the question is... (1)

Flammon (4726) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737890)

From the article.

Mr. Altman says he sees two types of customers for the new computer.

“There are a lot of really young computer users who want to own a retro-looking computer,” he said. ”And of course there are those 30- to 40-year-olds who owned the original Commodore 64 and want the nostalgia of their first machine.”

I for one welcome our new C64 overlords.

Re:So the question is... (1)

slinches (1540051) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737896)

I agree. One version later and they drop support for all of the old cartridges and accessories. If I upgrade, my dot matrix printer, 5.25" floppy, joystick and sega genesis controllers will be useless.

Re:So the question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737920)

... Why would I buy one?

Because they are sold by these guys [osnews.com] .

Re:So the question is... (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738132)

Incidentally, am I the only one having problems today clicking on links on Slashdot (and even right-clicking anything)? They keep fucking with the code on these pages, and every day there seems to be some new pain in the ass to deal with. If it ain't broke, Slashdot seems determined to fuck with it until it is.

Re:So the question is... (1)

Golddess (1361003) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738198)

Me too. I found that by double-right-clicking, I can still get the right-click menu to open. Unfortunately, double-mouse-wheel-clicking doesn't do the same (give me back single-click functionality).

Why would I buy one? (4, Informative)

dnahelicase (1594971) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737942)

Why would I buy a new one when my old one still works?

Re:Why would I buy one? (1)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738154)

I'm so jealous. Mine was stolen.

Re:So the question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737984)

Kitch

Everyone under 35 should STFU (1, Funny)

jmcbain (1233044) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738058)

If you're under 35, you have absolutely no reason to be commenting on this article for the following reasons:

  1. You're too young to fully appreciate what it was like working on an all-in-one box in the early 80s. I'm still waiting for someone to put together a PC in an Atari 800 or 1200 body.
  2. You're too poor to have enough disposable income to buy something like this new Commodore. Have fun paying off the loans you took out for your Mazda car and Sager laptop.
  3. You're too busy trying to install yet another ROM in your rooted Android phone.
  4. You're too stupid. That's right. Everyone under 35 is stupid. I went there. Now get off my lawn.

Re:Everyone under 35 should STFU (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35738118)

Maybe you're just too old and should get with the times.

Re:So the question is... (2)

Urkki (668283) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738120)

... Why would I buy one?

If you need to ask... You won't.

Gay. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737640)

n/t

Gay. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737642)

n/t

Alternate headline (5, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737644)

"Yet Another Company Sells Retro Computer Case"

Re:Alternate headline (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737770)

It's a little bit more, they do apparently have some sort of proprietary Commodore OS that you can use. Not sure what they mean by that, if it's the old one or one that's been designed to be compatible with the original ones. Screen shot at the bottom of the page.

Re:Alternate headline (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737834)

Yeah, but since you can install a full blown Amiga (let alone C64) emulator on any PC made in the past 10 years, a pre-installed version in hardware isn't really much of a selling point.

Re:Alternate headline (3, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737886)

Yeah, but since you can install a full blown Amiga (let alone C64) emulator on any PC made in the past 10 years, a pre-installed version in hardware isn't really much of a selling point.

The one thing it would require is a drive to emulate the 1541. I have games on disks - not on 3.5 or HD or Flash drive, but original media. I trust I will have a bonafide 5 1/4 drive I can read my old disks with. If not, there's really very little point, unless I want to download the various images from whatever repositories exist. But I do have things you won't find on them, like programs, tools or artwork of my own making. I'd love to see this stuff again.

Re:Alternate headline (5, Insightful)

jandrese (485) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737950)

The problem is that they're missing the entire point of the Commie-64. Every one should come with a full copy of LiveCode or something that lets kids mess around with building their own apps right out of the box, without the training overhead that comes from so many modern IDEs. ROM Basic is too primitive to be of much interest anymore (even with the sprite generator and SID chip), but there are lots of products that are similar and could engage a whole new generation. It needs to be simple enough that clever kids can figure it out by reading the (always available) source in existing programs, and powerful enough to be able to do something interesting.

Not necessarily proprietary (2)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737980)

It's a little bit more, they do apparently have some sort of proprietary Commodore OS that you can use.

I don't see anything on the manufacturer's site [commodoreusa.net] that necessarily indicates it's a proprietary OS. For one thing, they say "Commodore OS 1.0" isn't available yet, but they'll mail it to people who buy the computer when it's ready. In the meantime, it says the machines will ship with Ubuntu LTS. That suggests to me that Commodore OS 1.0 is likely to be yet another Linux distro, maybe with some sort of nostalgic Commodore-like skin.

Re:Not necessarily proprietary (1)

Elder Entropist (788485) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738076)

In order to run a Commodore 64 emulator, you need a copy of the Commodore 64 ROM images. Those are copyrighted and presumably owned by this company.

Re:Alternate headline (1)

Nikker (749551) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738004)

Check this [commodoreusa.net] out. It's just a case that looks identical to the old C64 but with an Atom/ION2 combo, it runs Windows 7 "premium experience". Nothing really that special, you could probably just put a MicroATX board in an old C64 case and achieve the same. Not to hate or anything but I was kinda hoping for something like a dual boot BASIC or some sort of custom hardware that would let you at the registers but alas.

Re:Alternate headline (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737900)

If they were actually selling a case with integrated (USB) keyboard that would take a standard motherboard, then it would be a compelling product. It would save the trouble of interfacing to the C64 keyboard, and finding a power supply that would fit in the box. Having to buy a complete PC in that case isn't even interesting. Also, while nobody cared last time this subject came up, that's not the case I want. I want an Amiga 1000. If I were doing an all-in-one, a 1200. But I have a 1200 and I've never been tempted to make it into a PC.

Re:Alternate headline (2)

bhtooefr (649901) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738030)

First off, it's an Atom Mini-ITX board.

Second, they've also announced an Amiga 1000 and 2000 version.

(Not that I'd buy any of them.)

Re:Alternate headline (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738108)

My point is that if they only sell it with their motherboard, ram, drives etc then that's dumb. I don't want their shitty Atom. In the same form factor you can get a real Socket M, for example, and run a Core Duo.

As long as I can still play my old favourites (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737654)

M.U.L.E.
Paradroid
Ultima II
Below the Root
Impossible Mission stay a while, stay FOREVER!
Slot Car Construction Set...

Re:As long as I can still play my old favourites (1)

slackzilly (2033012) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737738)

Paperboy Commando Summer Games

Re:As long as I can still play my old favourites (2)

PsychoticSpoon (1580137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737758)

According to their site [commodoreusa.net] , you can "Play all your favorite 8-bit era games within seconds ... by selecting the C64 icon from the boot menu to run a C64 emulator directly".

Re:As long as I can still play my old favourites (5, Informative)

powerlord (28156) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737804)

According to their site, you can "Play all your favorite 8-bit era games within seconds ... by selecting the C64 icon from the boot menu to run a C64 emulator directly".

Yes, but they also say:

ote: 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.

So it doesn't sound like they've worked out all the details yet, and don't expect to be able to just pop in your old Floppies and run the programs (hey, I still have my old Amiga Floppies somewhere ... probably time to get rid of them though).

Re:As long as I can still play my old favourites (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738048)

yea its called an emulator they will probally pack in once they figure out what os they are going to use, dont worry they will figure that out after you buy one, some time...

Bigger than an iPad... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737666)

No screen, Lame.

Re:Bigger than an iPad... (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737838)

No screen, Lame.

Same goes for a Mac Mini, and that's a pretty big seller.

Dual Processors? (1)

AnonGCB (1398517) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737670)

Awesome press release, if they don't even get the terminology right.

Re:Dual Processors? (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737882)

Because when you put two processors on a single die of silicon, it magically becomes "one processor" with "two cores".

Re:Dual Processors? (0)

AnonGCB (1398517) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738106)

Yes, that's how it works.

No numpad? FAIL (0)

Jailbrekr (73837) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737682)

I think that unless it comes with a seperate numpad, this is going to fall flat on its face. The tactile response of the keyboard may be nice (assuming they use individual switches for each key), but the lack of keys will make it close to useless.

Re:No numpad? FAIL (5, Insightful)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737820)

I think that unless it comes with a seperate numpad, this is going to fall flat on its face. The tactile response of the keyboard may be nice (assuming they use individual switches for each key), but the lack of keys will make it close to useless.

What part of 'Comodore 64' did you not get?

Re:No numpad? FAIL (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738062)

what part of pc in a remake case did you not get

Re:No numpad? FAIL (2)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738112)

Commodore 64 had no numpad, therefore this one wouldn't, either. Most laptops don't have numpads, either, and they're outselling desktops.

Re:No numpad? FAIL (1)

tuffy (10202) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737836)

Apple seems to be doing okay without included numpads. I don't think average people care that much one way or another.

Re:No numpad? FAIL (3, Insightful)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737868)

I think that unless it comes with a seperate numpad, this is going to fall flat on its face. The tactile response of the keyboard may be nice (assuming they use individual switches for each key), but the lack of keys will make it close to useless.

The market for this thing is nostalgic people interested in a retro looking computer. Adding a numeric keypad (which the original C64 did not have) would probably negatively impact the machine in that market segment.

It looks interesting for what it is.

Funny story: once upon a time as a Commodore 64 equipped kid I had no concept that a keyboard wasn't a whole computer. I remember being in a store (I believe it was a Service Merchandise, if anyone remembers those) and seeing what I now know was a standalone keyboard for an IBM computer. Price tag was $35, and I thought that was unbelievable for a computer (remember - to my mind back then keyboard = computer). I begged my mom to buy that for me. Thankfully, she didn't. I'd have been mighty disappointed to get home and discover that that keyboard was useless to me :).

No mention of a tape deck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737686)

FAIL!

We'll never survive without it!

That link again... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737702)

Not sure why this [commodoreusa.net] wasn't linked in the summary.

Re:That link again... (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737748)

Because linking the real site doesn't get page hits and ad clicks for some dude's blog?

April 1st called... (1)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737704)

they want their joke back.

Re:April 1st called... (1)

ashidosan (1790808) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737916)

Oh my gosh! Did you warn them? About the dropdowns?

Slashdot became unreadable that day!

ugh-lee! (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737706)

Should'a done a Commodore PET 2001, that was space-age looking!

Hey! No Fair! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737714)

I ordered 30 years into the future, not the past!

hmmm... (1)

maakri (1914602) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737724)

nerdgasm!

Hey look! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737726)

Atom board stuff inside a Commodore keyboard case!

One look and... (1)

19061969 (939279) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737728)

I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one.

How sad. I never even had a C-64 when a youngster. I had to learn machine code on a Dragon 32 (6809 processor so not so bad!)

But still, I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one I want one.

Re:One look and... (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737940)

Come on man. You'll be much happier buying a real C64. They're dirt cheap these days, and still as much fun. This thing is just a boring PC.

How many (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737730)

How many new C=64s have we seen already? How many are there still to come?

Slashdotted already (1)

enterix (5252) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737734)

www.commodoreusa.net [commodoreusa.net] is down already...

Re:Slashdotted already (1)

morningstar8 (234758) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737824)

Methinks they're running the website on a Commodore 64.

This again again? (2)

name_already_taken (540581) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737750)

Covered a while back, here: http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/10/03/24/0625211/Commodore-64-Primed-For-a-Comeback-In-June [slashdot.org] .

It's just another article covering the same machine discussed previously.

Re:This again again? (1)

Inner_Child (946194) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737972)

Nope, this isn't quite the same thing. Of course, if you'd read the article, you'd know that, so I guess I shouldn't expect too much...

Reading fail (1)

name_already_taken (540581) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738134)

Nope, this isn't quite the same thing. Of course, if you'd read the article, you'd know that, so I guess I shouldn't expect too much...

I read both articles; they describe the same machine, and both articles point to the same website, www.commodoreusa.net [commodoreusa.net]

It's the same damn thing.

Of course, if you'd read and understood both articles, you'd know that, so I guess I shouldn't expect too much...

Pass (1)

thebra (707939) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737776)

250-900 for an expensive case? Why would anyone want this. If you want a modern pc buy a modern pc, if you want a Commodore 64 then get on ebay and buy one. I don't see this selling well at all.

It's a casemod. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737808)

A quite expensive casemod. What's the point of putting an underpowered PC that won't even be able to run a proper cycle exact C64 emulation into an impractical case? Commodore doesn't exist anymore. It's just a brand name now, an attempt to sell overpriced crap under an emotional name. Others do the emulation [wikipedia.org] in a more practical setting, others do the peripherals [c64-wiki.com] for the real thing better, others do the keyboard computer thing [wikipedia.org] better.

Please Correct The Name (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35737812)

The correct name is C64x.

Dammy
http://www.commodore-amiga.org

Not laughing (3, Insightful)

dleemaas (2035220) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737828)

Did they just decide to completely ignore the fact that almost every major PC builder has been making media center and all-in-one PCs for a number of years? They act like having a computer built into the keyboard is something that's going to revolutionize the market. The Commodore 64 keyboard layout is a joke, and the "Pro" and "Slim" versions are a joke because there are already plenty of alternatives from the big names (HP, Dell, etc.) that have better specs and sell for around the same price, if not less for what you get in these pieces of junk. Maybe this is their April Fool's Month joke.

Re:Not laughing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35738032)

Even though I'm a very nostalgic kind of guy and have a few actual C= machines at home, I agree that the keyboard was not great. Physically it became painful to type for too long on it and let's face it, it doesn't have enough keys for modern usage, and some of them are at different places, and some of them make little to no sense today (RUN/STOP? RESTORE?)

Anyways, this thing is just another one of those things that I will forget about in 25 seconds...

Proprietary Commodore OS? (1)

hoppo (254995) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737854)

I'm interested to see what that's all about. Please, please, please bring back ",8,1"

Could have been great... (5, Interesting)

FrankSchwab (675585) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737860)

Now, if they had followed through ...

OS in ROM - no Virus worries or update hell. All the machines are the same.
BASIC (replaced with something modern) in ROM - make it easy and attractive to program.
Applications in ROM - Build in OpenOffice, FireFox, whatever else is commonly needed and make it front and center. Build an entire Linux Distro of applications in that are available with a bit of digging. But mostly, make it really friendly to start writing a letter, using the internet, whatever.
Cartridge slot for commercial apps.
An HDMI porrt

Make the computer an appliance again. Don't require the owner to be a SysAdmin to use it. Sure, you lose some flexibility, but you gain hugely in usability. I know precisely the number of times my mother has opened her computer to install a new add-in card - zero.

Re:Could have been great... (1)

crafoo (591629) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737926)

I agree, the Xbox360 should come with a keyboard and C# dev environment.

Re:Could have been great... (1)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738050)

OS in ROM - no Virus worries or update hell. All the machines are the same.
BASIC (replaced with something modern) in ROM - make it easy and attractive to program.

Sounds like it's got that. It can boot to a C64 emulator "within seconds." It's just not "replaced with something modern."

An HDMI port

It's got that.

Re:Could have been great... (1)

jd (1658) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738126)

OS in ROM is easy enough - use CoreBoot (and/or OpenBIOS) to install the kernel. The equivalent of the old BASIC chip (which was really more than just BASIC, it was also your system shell) would be to have a mini root disk in the same prom as the OS - your minimal /bin, /sbin, /lib stuff. It just needs to be enough to boot from. You can have a more complete image file (compressed or whatever) elsewhere, or if you want to use the BBC style of sideways ROM then have each application plus non-editable supplemental files as a root-jailed disk image file that is mounted when you switch to that ROM.

Re:Could have been great... (1)

mdm-adph (1030332) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738160)

Sounds like a tablet computer with some sort of IDE built-in? Would that be the modern analogue?

It's a fake! (5, Interesting)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737872)

This is nothing but a PC in a custom case with a famous trademark. I read a lot of vintage computing sites and no one has expressed an interest in these. It's a dumb idea, not worthy of mention,

What is worthy of mention, yet no one reports on, is all the custom retro modern hardware available these days. Want a C64 or Amiga without the hassle of maintaining old hardware? Try a C-One [c64upgra.de] , an FPGA platform that implements both C64 and Amiga computers. Or, do you have a C64 but tire of floppy swapping? Get a 1541-Ultimate [1541ultimate.net] , a cycle accurate 1541 emulator that even emits the sounds of a real disk drive. Or, do you love the sound of the SID audio chip inside the C64? Control it via MIDI with the MSSIAH [8bitventures.com] cartridge. Any of these projects are more worthy of attention in the tech media than the crass money grab we see in TFA.

Re:It's a fake! (1)

Paul Slocum (598127) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738016)

Agreed. I'm an active C64 user and have released recent music software for the C64, but I just can't get that excited about a Commodore-branded PC put out by someone who bought some old trademarks and IP.

Re:It's a fake! (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738074)

MSSIAH sounds totally awesome. It's too bad there's no SID in the Amiga, because it has a 31250bps serial port and can do MIDI with a dumb converter box. I guess you could use an Amiga as a MIDI-playback sampler, but there's no point today.

Re:It's a fake! (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738156)

Or, do you have a C64 but tire of floppy swapping? Get a 1541-Ultimate [1541ultimate.net] , a cycle accurate 1541 emulator that even emits the sounds of a real disk drive.

Wonder if you can make it play music [youtube.com] .

Weird Al said it best (2)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737902)

"You think your Commodore 64 is really neato, What kind of chip you got in there, a Dorito?"

vid [youtube.com]

Check the date. (1)

Mike Van Pelt (32582) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737962)

Yeah, yeah, ho hum, another story that his the nets on April ... 6?

Huh?

Checks date again.

Not April 1. Still says April 6.

<boggle>

But will it come with a cassette recorder (1)

OS2toMAC (1327679) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737968)

to load the programs?

AGAIN?! (1)

Zedrick (764028) | more than 3 years ago | (#35737982)

This is not a Commodore 64, it's not in any way related to a C64, it has nothing to do with Commodore (don't care if they "own" the name) and we've seen it "featured" on slashdot before.

The only positive thing to say about this is that fake-Commodore has a very good marketing department, congratulations on another free slashvertisement.

Massive Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35738008)

Wale me when they bring back the Atari ST (original system architecture, please.)

Nostalgia aside... (1)

filthpickle (1199927) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738028)

I just put together an i5 2400K sandy bridge rig with everything except the monitor for $1050. Including a pretty nice vid card.

Someone already said it further up...buy an old one if you are feeling nostalgic. Still, I hope it takes off.

Commodore 64 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35738038)

I would rather have an Amiga.

Story is 5 days late. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35738072)

Why does this story read like it was intended to release five days ago?

Spillproof? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35738142)

After watching a cup of coffee getting knocked over onto a keyboard today, I have some doubts if I would consider any computer where all the expensive parts are mixed right in there with the 'disposable' parts.

What is so impressive about this? (1)

Sl0vi (1994584) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738152)

1.8 gigahertz dual processors, a Blu-ray player and built-in ethernet and HDMI ports and a C64 emulator is not impressive, I can get better than that with any cheap modern day PC running vice. More important, are they going to feature to original blue OS or just a look-alike? Will it use SID chips for sound, so we can experience the legendary C64 sound once again? Will it have a VIC-II graphics chip? How about support for all of the old accessories (tape-drives, cartridges, joysticks etc.) ? So far this just looks like a low-end modern day PC with a retro look.

Did this get stuck in the queue from April 1st? (1)

theNAM666 (179776) | more than 3 years ago | (#35738172)

???

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