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Commodore C64 Returns With Atom, Ion 2

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Commodore is resurrecting its classic AIO computer, the C64.

Wednesday Commodore USA announced that it will revive its ancient-yet-classic Commodore 64 all-in-one keyboard computer for the holiday season. The compact rig won't receive any visual improvements whatsoever, but will instead retain the original beige, blocky design seen back in the 1980s. Commodore said that the release is in response to an overwhelming demand from former Commodore users.

According to the company, the new Commodore PC64 will include an Intel Atom 525 CPU with NVIDIA Ion2 graphics, 4GB of DDR3 memory, and a 1TB HDD. The AIO will also provide HDMI, a DVD/CD optical drive (Blu-ray optional), dual-link DVI, six USB ports, integrated 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth and a 6-in-1 media card reader--definitely a far cry from the original 8-bit model.

"We are ecstatic to be partnering with Commodore Licensing B.V. in this new, exciting product launch," said Barry Altman, President and CEO of Commodore USA, LLC. "The legacy of the Commodore C64, which sold over 30 million units, making it the best selling computer of all time, and our reintroduction of this legendary form factor, combined with the world's most recognizable consumer electronics brand, is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We look forward to bringing these new products to market, and welcoming a whole new generation of computer users to the Commodore experience."

Currently the price is unknown, however other AIO keyboard systems provided by Commodore range from $475 to $1295 USD.

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    house70 , August 28, 2010 12:22 AM
    would be nice to know the price; Commodore needs to keep it real, though. Even for a brand name like that, I would not pay much more over what the hardware is actually worth.
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    scifi9000 , August 28, 2010 12:23 AM
    A bit expensive, but hey, you know I may show interest if faced with one.
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    nforce4max , August 28, 2010 12:23 AM
    Great it will be over priced just to relive the good old days. The 80s were the last decade that America and Europe was free. Now one has to get a license to blog in Philly and in many states a license to fish!
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    eklipz330 , August 28, 2010 12:32 AM
    greghomeat least it's not apple

    apple has nothing to do with the article fan boy.

    i wonder who the target demographic is for this?
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    gtown , August 28, 2010 12:33 AM
    Awesome!! One step closer to re-releasing the Amiga...

    *fingers crossed*
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    icepick314 , August 28, 2010 12:37 AM
    woo!!

    wonderful memories of playing games like Marble Madness and some kind of baseball game on good ol' C64!!!!
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    squallypie , August 28, 2010 12:37 AM
    nforce4maxGreat it will be over priced just to relive the good old days. The 80s were the last decade that America and Europe was free. Now one has to get a license to blog in Philly and in many states a license to fish!



    thats because the governments are worried about the ever growing population wondering around doing whatever they wish... the only solution is to make every one get a license before they do something... or... population control! *wicked laugh*

    back to the topic, isnt ASUS bringing a keyboard pc with a laptop like trackpad too? in fact all they look like are laptops without the screens!
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    Pyroflea , August 28, 2010 12:44 AM
    Assuming the price isn't ridiculous (which I have a sneaking suspicion it will be), this could be a pretty cool rig to have sitting on your desk. I'll remain hopeful.
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    Blessedman , August 28, 2010 12:51 AM
    seriously you need a license to blog in Philly? How is that even legal?
    I would love to have one as long as I could dual boot into win7 and the original commodore DOS.
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    Blessedman , August 28, 2010 12:52 AM
    icepick314woo!!wonderful memories of playing games like Marble Madness and some kind of baseball game on good ol' C64!!!!


    Hardball!!!
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    ern88 , August 28, 2010 12:54 AM
    BC quest for tires anyone. Loved that game
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    adamboy64 , August 28, 2010 1:07 AM
    What the hell is going on.
    Have I died or something.
    This is strange, and I'm skeptical.

    This is a PC, just in the shape and form of a C64?
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    braneman , August 28, 2010 1:41 AM
    I like it, I wouldn't mind having a keyboard computer around, generally atom-ion setups are ok in terms of power and fairly reliable. previous gen dual core atoms could actually run most games at a decent fps, everything at low but still...
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    beayn , August 28, 2010 1:43 AM
    greghomehow does my quote make me a fan boy? fan boy of what?


    Apparently around here if you dislike one company it automatically makes you a fanboy of the competition.
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    Stardude82 , August 28, 2010 1:59 AM
    adamboy64This is a PC, just in the shape and form of a C64?


    Yes, it is, but maybe it will come with an x86 AmigaOS port?
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    jaksun5 , August 28, 2010 2:13 AM
    Man I used to love those springing, spongey keyboards! No chance of RSI with that long travel!!
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    iggybeans , August 28, 2010 2:18 AM
    Commodore USA run by B.Altman of Hooker Fine Furniture and Homecraft?
    This item is pathetic and Commodore USA has little if anything to do with the original company and the C64 (except for an agreement with a company called Commodore Licensing B.V. - which owns the right to license the Commodore name).

    Common guy! Even resurrecting the Amiga may be a vague pipe dream (although there some people working toward that).
    This is just another (relatively weak) PC styled to sell you on it nostalgia value. I'd be willing to bet that the don't even have this mocked up yet and all your getting are stock photos.

    And some of you would buy this? Silly idea meets equally silly consumers.
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    dEAne , August 28, 2010 3:05 AM
    ha ha ha, seriously I still have that ancient computer in my fathers house. This is good news.
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    Anonymous , August 28, 2010 3:05 AM
    LOAD"*",8,1

    *sniff*
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    kingssman , August 28, 2010 3:28 AM
    So what OS is this thing running on? because the original Commadore software ran on Commodore BASIC 2.0 which was like, 512kb in size? plus the original needed/ran on 64kb of ram.

    I think having a 1TB drive and 4GB mem will be lil hardcore to run Q-Link OS.

    and Windows 7 would be so wrong on this machine.
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