The Commodore 64 is the latest classic console to receive a re-release.
Set to arrive on December 5, 2019 at a retail price of £109.99/€119.99, TheC64 is a full-sized replica, complete with keyboard, modernised to work with HD televisions.
Pre-installed on the console will be C64 classics such as California Games, Paradroid, and Boulder Dash, along with Attack of the Mutant Camels, Hover Bovver, Idris Alpha, and Gridrunner.
TheC64 will also come with 2017 shooter Galencia pre-installed, plus classic text adventure Planet of Death.
The C64, as the new console is simply known, has the same footprint as the original Commodore 64 that was first released back in 1982. The keyboard appears to have the same layout (and hopefully uses key switches that emulate the feel of the original’s) and that glorious beige finish that screams, “boring ‘80s computer.” It also comes with BASIC pre-installed, and it can be switched between modes that make it function like the classic C64, or even its predecessor, the Commodore Vic 20.
But that’s where the similarities end. The new C64 includes an HDMI port so it can be easily connected to modern TVs, but it maxes out at 720P, so don’t expect to finally be able to play Impossible Mission in 4K. It also includes the same collection of games that the C64 Mini has, but to improve gameplay the accurately awful throwback joystick has been upgraded with new micro switches, so hopefully, it’s a little more responsive than its predecessor.
In addition to its bundled collection of classic games, users can plug a flash drive into one of The C64's four USB ports (the C64 Mini had just two) and load any C64 or VIC20 ROM they feel was unfairly overlooked for inclusion. And, yes, in true C64 fashion, you’ll have to load those ROMS using the proper BASIC syntax. LOAD “*”,8,1
Retro Games has pegged December 5, 2019, as the day The C64 will officially ship, and it will come with a price tag of £109.99/€119.99, which is definitely more expensive than the C64 Mini, but that working keyboard will go a long way to recreating the original Commodore experience for nostalgia seekers.