PC64:The Rebirth of the Commodore 64? (September 19, 2010)

Posted: September 20, 2010 by Mike Hubbartt in Environmental Posts, Press Announcements
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By Mike Hubbartt, © Copyright 2010, All Rights Reserved.

One of the first computers I owned was a Commodore 64. It was far less expensive and vastly superior graphics over DOS-based computers, and it had a lot of games. While those C64 games are primitive compared to modern ones, they were better than any other platform offered at the time. I started my writing career covering Commodore Amiga products, and had a great time covering many new and innovative applications for home computer users. I no longer have a C64, but I do own a Amiga 2000, which I need to turn on every now and then to make sure it still works.

Why is this article in the Environmental Posts area of our site? Because it refers to the computing environment.  A company (www.commodoreusa.net) has announced that they are releasing an updated PC64 this year. The picture to the right is from the company’s site and the system configuration is more than reasonable for a computer running a flavor of Linux (it is). The company is retaining the old mechanical keyboard which will only appeal to old fans of the machine like myself. I hope they decide to offer more modern keyboards like the ones on Macbooks. The exact shipping date and product price was not listed as of today, but we will be keeping our eyes on this site to see how this Commodore compares in price to the original one. I would suspect that this computer will come with a C64 (and perhaps even an Amiga) emulator for old fans to be able to play their old favorites – it wouldn’t cost much and it would be more fun that running a C64 emulator on a HP or Toshiba laptop.

Did you own a C64, C128 or Amiga computer? What did you like/dislike about it, and when did you move to a different platform? What platform are you now using: Windows or Mac OS X or Linux?

The big question: What is the most you would pay for the new PC64? I don’t think we’re going to see it offered at $199, so your two cents on what you’re willing to spend for this replica of a bit of the computing world past.

BTW: In case you’re interested, it is easy to find C64 and Amiga emulators on the internet. Check out this site if you want to order a a C64 or Amiga software emulator.

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Comments
  1. stiggyworld says:

    As a long time C64/Amiga fan and continuing user even today. I read an earlier article about the proposed reissue and hope that one day it eventually becomes reality.

    Whilst i wait, i’ve decided to reawaken a dead c64 by installing a ITX PC motherboard inside a C64 case to run Vice64. I’m also installing a keyrah board so I’ll be able to use the original c64 keyboard and 9-pin joysticks with Windows/Vice64

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