Commodore 64 to be relaunched
Remember Commodore 64s? They had nice graphics but shit games if I recall. Not a patch on the ZX Spectrum. They weren't even as good as the Amstrad CPC464. They were better than Acorn Electrons though.
Anyway, the Commodore 64 is going to appear in shops to buy all over again, but this isn't some emulator or iPhone app. This is a Commodore 64 with modern things inside it.
Commodore USA unveiled the new version a while ago, before discovering that they didn't have the rights to the name as they'd been negotiating with the wrong people. We can only hope they had been talking to Lionel Richie and the rest of the Commodores.
According to president and CEO Barry Altman, his company plans to offer an all-in-one PC that uses an "exact replica" of the original Commodore 64 chassis, and it will be called the Commodore PC64.
Due to hit shelves later this year, he tells The Reg that "it will be an exact replica of the C64 chassis loaded with the most amazing components available today."
This means it'll be loaded up with the dual-core Intel Atom D525 CPU with Nvidia Ion2 graphics, 4GB of DDR3 memory, 1TB hard drive, DVD/CD optical drive, integrated 802.11n WiFi, and a 6-in-1 media-card reader. Let's just hope it doesn't have those clunky Lego brick keys that make such a racket and that you don't have to type in a load of crap with "RUN" before you have to use it.
This all sounds a bit ridiculous to us and we're not entirely sure there's a market for what is essentially a thing that only fanboys would be interested in. In fact, those fanboys have probably been tinkering with old units and got them working with modern bits inside them already. Let's hope the knock-on from this is the rerelease of some classic old games for the various consoles on the market.