Meet the new Commodore 64


A screengrab from Commodore's Web site

Yeah, you read that right. Commodore recently started pre-orders for a reimagined version of its classic computer — first introduced in 1982 — featuring all new guts. The computer is compatible with Windows and ships with Ubuntu. Commodore will mail it’s own OS, Commodore 1.0 and a classic game package to customers when available.

The company offers five models priced between $250 and $895. The $250 version is aimed at modders; it’s just the case and a card reader. The next model up, for $600, includes a 1.8Ghz Atom dual core CPU, and NVIDIA Ion2 graphics card, a 160 Gb hard drive and 2 Gb of memory. More expensive models include options like a terabyte hard drive, a Blu-Ray drive and wireless.

Let’s be honest, though. No one’s getting this based on the specs alone. For new Commodore 64 buyers, it will be all about the nostalgia.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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