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Commodore 64 Gets Priced, Comes in 5 Models

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Commodore USA is now taking pre-orders for the revamped Commodore 64, with prices ranging from $250 to $895.

As promised on Monday, Commodore USA has unleashed the eagerly-awaited Commodore 64 keyboard PC. For the uninitiated, this isn't a re-release of the ancient AIO that initially depended on cassette tapes to load up software. This is a modernized version packed with Intel's dual-core Atom 525 CPU, Nvidia Ion2 graphics, 2 GB of DDR3 memory (expandable to 4 GB), an optical drive, and more. It may not be ideal for running Crysis 2, but it sure beats the dinosaur 8-bit technology from the 1980s.

The company hinted to its launch yesterday in a cross-promotion announcement with Disney. "In 1982, both the original Commodore 64 and Disney's blockbuster Tron were released," the company said. "Almost 30 years later, they both simultaneously reappear on April 5, 2011. Each Tron Legacy DVD or Blu-ray packet features advertising for Commodore and the new Commodore 64."

Now the doors are open for pre-orders with an estimated ship date of mid-May to early June. The keyboard PC is offered in five flavors: the C64x Barebones for $250, the C64x Basic for $595, the C64x Standard for $695, the C64x Deluxe for $795 and the C64x Ultimate for $895. All units come packed with the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS OS on a disc ready to install. Commodore OS 1.0-- which includes an emulator and a classic game package-- will be made to purchasers when available.

Here's a breakdown on what each model offers:

C64x Barebones

  • Case, chassis and keyboard
  • Card Reader (multi format + USB port)

C64x Basic

  • Case, chassis and keyboard
  • Card Reader (multi format + USB port)
  • Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • Nvidia ION2 Graphics (DDR3 512 MB)
  • Motherboard (mini-ITX)
  • 2 GB Memory (DDR2 667/800)
  • 160 GB Hard Drive

C64x Standard

  • Case, chassis and keyboard
  • Card Reader (multi format + USB port)
  • Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • Nvidia ION2 Graphics (DDR3 512 MB)
  • Motherboard (mini-ITX)
  • 2 GB Memory (DDR2 667/800)
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth
  • DVD Tray Drive (R/W)
  • 250 GB Hard Drive

C64x Deluxe

  • Case, chassis and keyboard
  • Card Reader (multi format + USB port)
  • Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • Nvidia ION2 Graphics (DDR3 512 MB)
  • Motherboard (mini-ITX)
  • 4 GB Memory (DDR2 667/800)
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth
  • DVD Slot Drive (R/W)
  • 500 GB Hard Drive

C64x Ultimate

  • Case, chassis and keyboard
  • Card Reader (multi format + USB port)
  • Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • Nvidia ION2 Graphics (DDR3 512 MB)
  • Motherboard (mini-ITX)
  • 4 GB Memory (DDR2 667/800)
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth
  • BluRay Drive
  • 1TB Hard Drive

To pre-order a Commodore 64, head here. For those looking for something a bit more sleek, Commodore USA also announced the launch of its VIC-Slim, another keyboard PC. "It is so small it is hard to believe it is a computer at all," the company said.

The VIC-Slim is available now in three models with prices ranging from $295 to $495. For ordering information, head here.

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    aznshinobi , April 5, 2011 10:58 PM
    Should've waited for the release of Llano, that would've been better than the ION2 and the Atom board in my opinion. That or using E-350 would've been interesting as well.
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    joytech22 , April 5, 2011 11:12 PM
    AznShinobiusing E-350 would've been interesting as well.


    That is both similar priced and much faster than ATOM and SB's IGP.

    I wish companies would look into this stuff before throwing junk out the door.
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    tacoslave , April 5, 2011 11:27 PM
    case is overpriced if it came with a psu(the smaller ones are expensive) or a powerbrick than maybe it might be worth it but nah im just not into it.
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    spectrewind , April 5, 2011 11:35 PM
    Hmm...

    LOAD"*",8,1[ENTER]
    "Press Play On Tape"

    And that noisy 1541 5.25 inch drive...


    Those were the days.
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    rwpritchett , April 5, 2011 11:55 PM
    Man that brings back memories...

    Can you get Hard Ball to run on it?
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    maestintaolius , April 5, 2011 11:56 PM
    spectrewindHmm...LOAD"*",8,1[ENTER]"Press Play On Tape"And that noisy 1541 5.25 inch drive...Those were the days.

    I'm pretty sure load "*",8,1 was to load off the disk drive, to load off the cassette you just typed load "*"
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    LordConrad , April 5, 2011 11:58 PM
    AznShinobiShould've waited for the release of Llano, that would've been better than the ION2 and the Atom board in my opinion. That or using E-350 would've been interesting as well.

    So get the Barebones version and put a Llano Mini-ITX board in it...
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    LordConrad , April 6, 2011 12:00 AM
    maestintaoliusI'm pretty sure load "*",8,1 was to load off the disk drive, to load off the cassette you just typed load "*"

    I thought the tape was ,9
    or was ,9 the second diskette drive?
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    memadmax , April 6, 2011 12:11 AM
    For those of you that are "confused"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_DOS
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    JohnnyLucky , April 6, 2011 12:22 AM
    Several friends of mine had the C64. Although it was in the mid 1980's it seems like it was only yesterday.
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    zx6r6 , April 6, 2011 12:46 AM
    To load from tapes you could simply hold shift and press runstop. Either that or load ""
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    Pyree , April 6, 2011 1:40 AM
    "Where are my keys??" - This will be my thought if they keep the original keyboard layout.
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    Anonymous , April 6, 2011 2:01 AM
    It's too bad they're not doing a modern rendition of an 8 bit operating system. An 8 bit system that can interface with modern hardware.
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    digitalexplosives , April 6, 2011 2:40 AM
    buy a piece of shit or use that money to buy a real machine and run an emulator... i know what i would do.
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    velocityg4 , April 6, 2011 2:59 AM
    They could have made it much faster. That case looks big enough to handle a regular notebook motherboard with a the dual and quad core mobile Intel Core i series CPU's. Maybe even performance notebook GPU's.
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    electrontau , April 6, 2011 3:09 AM
    Overpriced. And Ubuntu is free.
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    christop , April 6, 2011 3:38 AM
    Syntax error on line 47.
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    adamboy64 , April 6, 2011 4:08 AM
    Ok. Even the high-end one is really quite weak.
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    reprotected , April 6, 2011 4:54 AM
    You get better specs with laptop hardware, and they are about the same size, if not bigger.
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    Anonymous , April 6, 2011 5:17 AM
    Come on, dudes... you know it's not about the specs, it's all about design these days.
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