Yes, you did read that right, and no, you have not traveled back in time to the 1980s. There is indeed a new Commodore 64 in the works.
Check out the ports on the back there; mouse and keyboard, HDMI, VGA, DVI, 4 USB ports, Ethernet and 3 audio ports, and a ventilation fan. No sir, this is not the same old C64 many of us cut our teeth on back in the day.
This is a whole new beast. In addition to the modern ports, it’s packing an Intel Dual Core 525 Atom processor, 2GB of RAM (or upgrade up to 4), and an Nvidia Ion 2 graphics chipset. Yes, this sucker is Windows-compatible. But you won’t find Windows on it by default.
Instead, this new C64 gives you a choice. It has a custom bootloader that can boot into Amiga Workbench 5.0 which features an emulator you can use to run original C64 software. Alternatively you can skip the Amiga step entirely by opting to run an emulator right from boot, getting you to the C64 experience within seconds.
This is amazingly exciting for those of us who arrived at PCs only grudgingly after running the Commodore path from C64 to Amiga. They may be mixing their computing metaphors in the design of this machine, but it’s a welcome mix.
So what other goodies does this hold? Slot- or tray-load DVD R/W (Blu-Ray optional), media card readers and another USB slot on the side, 1080p video out, and the old-school red LED power light is now the power switch.
I am seriously interested in getting one of these, though there’s no pricing information available yet. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.