Feeling Nostalgic? Commodore 64 will Be Released Again by End of Year

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Advances in technology are always welcome and are quite exciting, but often this means that our older tech devices get lost in the dust. We dump them off readily for the next big thing.

That’s what makes it fun sometimes to remember those old devices we had “back in the day.” You can do more than just remember your old Commodore 64, though, as there are plans to bring it back by the end of the year.

Rebirth of Commodore 64

Are you suddenly remembering your first foray into computing and possibly gaming? Chances are if you’re over the age of 40, you definitely remember the Commodore 64. It may have even been your first home computer. You may even still have one sitting in your basement or attic.

The Commodore 64 was an 8-bit computer that made its debut in 1982 and stuck around an entire decade until 1994. Its initial cost was $580. At one point the Guinness Book of World Records listed it as the best-selling computer of all time, with over 17 million sold at that time

I can remember having one at my parents’ home when I was a young adult, but I don’t think it really caught on with us at the time. My sister and I had bought it for our dad for Christmas. I believe I played around with it a little and that was it, and I probably still used it more than my father. Quite different from spending much of my day now connected to my iPad Pro.

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Nostalgic gamers will get the chance to resurrect what was perhaps their first foray into gaming when the C64 is released again, with plans to have it stocked on the shelves by Christmas.

This comes after the success of older gaming systems such as the PlayStation Classic and NES mini, and phone cases that look like Game Boys. There were earlier plans to bring the C64 back, but a crowdfunding campaign in 2016 didn’t pan out.

The re-released Commodore 64 will work with modern televisions and will offer updated essentials such as HDMI connectivity and 720P connectivity. It will also include an updated version of its old joystick.

The simple games carousel mode will include game titles like California Games, Boulder Dash, Attack of the Mutant Camels, and Gridrunner.

Reaching Back in Time

You’ll be able to reach back in time and reconnect with what may have been your first tech excitement by buying the new Commodore 64 that is scheduled to launch in December and retail for around $199.99, less than half its original price 36 years ago.

Does this make you nostalgic? Did you have a Commodore 64? Would you consider buying a new one? Let us know in the comments below.

5 comments

  1. I still have and very occasionally fire up my Apple II+. I didn’t want to “play” with toy computers, like the C64 or a Timex Sinclair, so I bought myself a Apple II+ with a whopping 48 K of RAM, one 140 K 5.25 in floppy drive and a black/green Zenith monitor. I had to take out a mortgage to pay for all that bounty of computing hardware.

  2. Who needs a “new” C64?. I can do everything I could do on my old c64 and a lot that I could not do because I could not afford the additional hardware, such as an REU or HDD. I’ll stick with my VICE emulator on my PC. In addition, I can use programs of other CBM units that I could not do with the C64.

  3. What will be the rest of the specifications? RAM size, OS, how many bits OS, what others connections. Will it use floppy discs (the ones we still have with lots of games on them?
    I had a 3.5 floppy disc peripheral with my C64 and C64C . So how compatible will it be with the old software?

    1. The other details have not been released. I suspect we will have to wait until closer to release time to learn the features and compatibility.

  4. where should I sell my old Commodore64 system?

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