The Commodore 64 returns after 30 years

Posted on May 10 2011 - 11:41am by Mike Wewerka

commadore The Commodore 64 returns after 30 years

After seeing this news on NY Times, I too, was thrusted back into childhood memories. The Commodore 64 was my first experience with a computer (followed up by the Intellivision by Mattel). I can’t explain all the great times I had on this machine, that is until my sister spilled hot chocolate one winter’s day right on the keyboard and POOF, it was dead.

Now here we are nearly 30 years later and the Commodore 64 is set to live again. While the exterior is almost the same, down to every detail, the interior or “guts,” have had a makeover and now sport modern technology. The C64 now has a 1.8 GHz dual-core processor, an optional blu-ray player, HDMI and ethernet ports and more. 30 years ago the Commodore 64, with its 64 kilobytes of memory and sound board, retailed for $595 dollars, that was a heap of cash back then for a computer. Now you can pick one up for $250 to $900, the price difference varies because of the options you can select.

While the Commodore was the king back in the day (’82) shipping between 15 to 30 million units, Apple and IBM, really killed its sales and forced the company into bankruptcy. Now Barry Altman, president and chief executive of Commodore USA, feels that new gamers want retro looking hardware and fans of the original want nostalgia, so there is a market for the new Commodore. The new C64 will be able to play games and surf the web and most gamers will feel right at home with the monster keyboard.

“The response has been completely dramatic,” Mr. Altman said. “We’ve been averaging about five registrations per second on our Web site. This is from people giving us their name and e-mail address to be kept abreast of updates on the new Commodore.”

Well, the interest is surely there, but is the demand?

[Source: NY Times]

Thanks to Belinda for the scoop!