Commodore 64 reborn as a high-spec PC

Whomever currently owns the much-passed-around "Commodore USA" corporate trademarks is shipping a modern Commodore 64 clone ("It's back... and better than ever! The new Commodore 64 is a modern functional PC as close to the original in design as humanly possible. It houses a modern mini-ITX PC motherboard featuring a Dual Core 525 Atom processor and the latest Nvidia Ion2 graphics chipset. It comes in the original taupe brown/beige color, with other colors to follow.").

Pretty high-spec for a C64! They're doing more colors soon, It looks like they're also planning a bunch of other retro-PCs: some Amigas, a Phoenix, and some alternate-universe high-end Commodore products from a timeline in which the original company didn't go belly up.

Commodore USA (via Oh Gizmo)


  1. Do they sell it with a emulator bundled?

    Would be kinda fun to have it set up with one on autostart.

  2. I own six of the old C64s (one German-manufactured), one VIC-20, and two C128s. I will definitely buy this one! And all their Amiga-versions. And their alternate-universe high-end products. But not the Phoenix, because it’s ugly ass.

    Do they sell it with a emulator bundled?


  3. A new C64 without joystick port and no connectivity for CBM 1541 and 1530 Datasette? Good idea, bad implementation :(

  4. I’d rather have a PC in a BBC Micro case. It had a much better keyboard. I’d forgive them if they started the F key numbering from one rather than zero, though. Even through every good programmer knows you always start indexing at zero.

  5. I don’t trust their website.
    The background is a screen grab from Google Earth. All the images in the gallery are computer renderings, and not very good ones at that. The entire website, in fact, is rather amateurish. This is NOT a hardware manufacturer’s website. If it’s legit, this is probably a very shoddy product. More probably, it’ll take your money and you’ll never get anything in return.

  6. A couple other things from the website:
    If you go to the “corporate” page, one of he board members is a dog.
    Their “Phoenix” PC is actually a Cybernet ZPC GX31, an existing product that has nothing to do with either Amiga or Commodore.

    This is a joke or a hoax. Not a real product.

    1. “Commodore USA, LLC, recently secured licensing rights to both the Commodore and AMIGA brands”

      This is a quote from their about page, so i am not so sure. I think previously they sold x86 gaming rigs under the Commodore brand.

  7. Well, our dog is also a member of our executive team(!) so I’m callin’ plagiarism here! We did it first! But it’s still damn cute…and a welcome antidote to stuffy corpie-speak and corpie-bios!

  8. This is bullshit. How can I press RUN_STOP-RESTORE? Why are the F-keys not the F-keys? Where is the British-Pound symbol key?

  9. A little nitpicking if I may: the Atom is far from a “high-spec” CPU. It’s the chip they use in netbooks and the like. Decidedly low-spec.

    1. @murray – they didn’t say it was “high-spec”, they said it was “high-spec for a C64”. And indeed, the Atom in this machine is *very* high spec compared to the MOS 6510 in the original C64…

  10. If it doesn’t come with a copy of Interceptor and the modem needs less than 15 minutes to connect, I’m sticking with my Intel 8088 and never looking forward.

  11. It’s just a Commodore 64 shaped computer.

    This [1], on the other hand, is a working Altair 8800 replica. After spending a whole day deploying Windows 7 on thousands of machines, moving terabytes of data in the process, nothing is as relaxing as bit-toggling a hundred-byte shell sort routing from the front panel, and then watch the blinkenlights.

    No commercial affiliation, just a satisfied customer, yadda yadda.


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