Commodore makes new computer with very old-looking hardware

Posted by Mark Raby

There's something unabashedly cool about retro technology, and when it comes to computers it doesn't get more retro than the Commodore 64. That's why Commodore USA is recreating the very classic computer casing but this time with very modern hardware.

Citing "overwhelming demand from former Commodore users worldwide," the company is creating an "exact replica of the original beige chassis Commodore C64." Except this time it has 4 GB of DDR3 memory, a one terabyte hard drive, HDMI compatibility, an Intel Atom 525 CPU and Nvidia Ion2 graphics. It also packs in six USB ports, a 6-in-1 media card reader, and an optional Blu-ray Disc drive. This ain't your granddaddy's Commodore 64!

Enthusiasts out there have become legendary for merging old and new technologies to create extremely unique and captivating pieces of hardware. But it's not often that a company actually goes back to its roots and devotes resources to recreating a look that by all standards is completely outdated. For that, we commend you, Commodore. Although, for this story, the bigger question is - wait, Commodore as a company still exists?

Of course, Commodore USA is a completely different entity than the original corporation was, but it does own all the back licenses that the vintage computer firm had in its arsenal back in the day.

The "Commodore PC64," as the refreshed classic will be called, is set to ship out this holiday season. Pricing details have not been announced at this time.