A Commodore 64 Clone With a Working Retro Keyboard Will Finally Arrive This Year

Unlike the previous attempt, this one features a full sized keyboard. [ https://gizmodo.com/a-commodore-64-clone-with-a-working-retro-keyboard-will-1835836875 ]

The C64, as the new console is simply known, has the same footprint as the original Commodore 64 that was first released back in 1982. The keyboard appears to have the same layout (and hopefully uses key switches that emulate the feel of the original’s) and that glorious beige finish that screams, “boring ‘80s computer.” It also comes with BASIC pre-installed, and it can be switched between modes that make it function like the classic C64, or even its predecessor, the Commodore Vic 20.


And you can pre-order now!

At least one of those links (I don’t remember which) says orders will ship to US.

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For me, the breadbox is the C64 I remember - I wonder how many would think first of the later wedge case?

More info on this project:

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One of the recurring issues in the current C64 “re-imagined” projects is the copyright on the OS (Kernal), and BASIC - with those projects (namely Foenix and X16) steering well clear.

I wonder how these people are getting round that, or are they just quietly ignoring it?


I believe they are in the clear. The website for the project, [ https://retrogames.biz/the-c64 ], says this at the bottom:

CBM 8-Bit ROMs © 1977-1984 Cloanto® Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Furnished under license from Cloanto® Corporation.

The website for C64 Forever [ https://www.c64forever.com/ ] says this about Cloanto:

To allow you to experience and relive the wonders of this unique computer, Cloanto, developers of Commodore/Amiga software since the 1980s, has introduced C64 Forever, the official CBM 8-bit preservation, emulation and support package.


That’s good, but surprising. Mostly because what I read about them (Cloanto®) not even talking to others about licensing the ROMs so I wonder what secret sauce this lot have that the others don’t?