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Forget mini-sized retro consoles, here comes new full-sized Commodore 64

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 09 Dec 2019 10:17 User comments (4)

Forget mini-sized retro consoles, here comes new full-sized Commodore 64 In the previous few years mini-sized retro gaming consoles have become a thing. With tiny versions of NES and SNES as well as the original PlayStation and even Commodore 64, nearly everyone's favorite retro gaming rig was brought back to life in a tiny form factor.
Now, however, Retro Games Ltd. is bringing back Commodore 64 in its full-sized glory – with working keyboard and everything.

The new product, called TheC64, was available via Indiegogo, where it managed $100,000 in crowdfunding. Now The64 MicroComputer is shipping, just in time for some Christmas retro gaming.



It comes with a very authentic looking main frame with, as mentioned, working keyboard. There's also a joystick and a total of 64 games in either C64 or VIC-20 mode. It comes preloaded with classics like California Games, Paradroid and Boulder Dash.

You can load your own games and programs, and the company even has combined its forces with game developers to produce a TheC64 exclusive new games, Sam's Journey.

The games are transferred to your desired screen with a HDMI port in 720p at 50 or 60 Hz.

Unfortunately at this point the product isn't officially available in the US. In the UK, via Amazon and others, TheC64 retails for around $140 to $150.

You can find more information about the device at retrogames.biz/the-c64.





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4 user comments

19.12.2019 16:06

Something is very wrong with the fact that its more expensive than the origianl.

29.12.2019 17:56

Why would anyone bother at any price point. For productivity it'd be useless

39.12.2019 18:32

Where it all began..

Computing has officially come full circle.

427.12.2019 12:20

Originally posted by DirkMaste:
Something is very wrong with the fact that its more expensive than the origianl.
I'm not sure you ever purchased the original. I had over $1000.00 into the system by the time i purchased the floppy drive and monitor. Adding a dot matrix printer, and you were around $1250.00.

And if you think that was expensive, look up the original price on an Apple II or IIc.

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