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.
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.