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Commodore Makes Comeback With Keyboard PC

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The old Commodore 64 spirit is channeled in upcoming keyboard PC that may support Hackintoshes.

Commodore computers were at one time a big thing, but times have changed. Today Commodore is revived as a brand of gaming PCs and today, that brand now extends to keyboard PCs.

Commodore USA today debuted on its website a keyboard form factor PC that packs in all the necessary parts – except for the display – into the keyboard. Interestingly, Commodore lists on its slideshow for the product that it's compatible with a wide array of operating systems, including Windows, Linux and even Mac OS X. Of course, there's a note saying that Apple's OS is unsupported and that the user must install it himself.

Some may liken this keyboard PC to Asus' still unreleased Eee Keyboard, but the Commodore packs an optical drive and doesn’t have the integrated touchscreen. Engadget did point out that the product pictures do bear a striking resemblance to Cybernet's keyboard computers, which supported Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad, with starting prices at $629.

Look for the Commodore Keyboard PC to hit sometime in Spring.

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    ElCdt , 19 March 2010 07:38
    I like it. But can it play Crysis? :) 
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    Clintonio , 19 March 2010 08:48
    ElCdtI like it. But can it play Crysis?

    ****ing shut the **** up for **** sake. You're as funny as ****ing herpies.
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    ljay , 19 March 2010 10:40
    Oi Clintonio. Do you know if it can play Crysis?
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    PostmanPat , 19 March 2010 10:41
    Clintonio, I do agree with your comment, but what is a herpy and why would a group of them not be funny? :D 
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    ljay , 19 March 2010 10:47
    He probably had herpes once so he doesn't think it is funny.
    Poor guy.
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    mi1ez , 19 March 2010 14:37
    No mention of a wireless display interface/batteries etc.

    If this had battery power and a wireless display/audio option I'd be tempted to get one for the living room
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    LePhuronn , 19 March 2010 16:15
    But can it play Robocop?

    Easily one of my favourite C64 games and Ocean's loading themes are STILL EPIC!! And 4 is the best of the bunch.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkns_VIWGQA - 1, 2, 3
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3hRcvPlMKk - 4 & 5
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    ukgooey , 19 March 2010 16:39
    Robocop, shhmobocop. SWOS on my old Amiga, which I was informed the other day still resides at my parents house or, and now the real nostalgia kicks in, Horace Goes Skiing on a Spectrum 48k, which I was also informed the other day still resides at my parents house. Might have to go fetch them and play Manic Miner for the the first time in 52" glory. Sounds awesome dunnit? :) 
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    AIstudio , 19 March 2010 17:08
    wow, horrace goes skiing and manic miner/ jet set willy wow. I grew up on those games and loved the old spectrum 48k and commodore 64.
    I recently bought a small form factor pc for the bedroom and it would be great if a keyboard like this could be hooked upto a touch screen so that anyone could pick it up and browse the net etc
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    LePhuronn , 19 March 2010 17:12
    Batman and Afterburner on the Spectrum 128K
    Robocop, Rainbow Islands anda ton of others on the Commodore 64

    I genuinely think developers today should go back to the 8-bit classics and rediscover what a GAME really is.
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    ukgooey , 19 March 2010 18:35
    LePhuronnBatman and Afterburner on the Spectrum 128KRobocop, Rainbow Islands anda ton of others on the Commodore 64I genuinely think developers today should go back to the 8-bit classics and rediscover what a GAME really is.

    Ooo, Afterburner was amazing :)  Reckon you're right though. I'll bet I could play many of my old Speccy games for ages quite happily. I remember reading an article in C&VG about a million years ago about how gameplay was suffering at the expense of the 'amazing' graphics on newer machines such as the Amiga and ST. Sometimes, simpler is better. Take my missus for example....
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    LePhuronn , 19 March 2010 18:42
    ukgooeyI remember reading an article in C&VG about a million years ago about how gameplay was suffering at the expense of the 'amazing' graphics on newer machines such as the Amiga and ST.


    The genius who managed to get Street Fighter II onto the Spectrum and C64 MUST be rehired!
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    Tattysnuc , 19 March 2010 20:31
    Wow. Install a copy of Amiga Forever, and all you need is Kemston Quickshot 2 Turbo Sidewinder deluxe and WOW. What do you have? An Amiga with Windows 7 on it.

    Progress is a marvellous thing. Shame that SWOS for the PC was so poor. I ended up buying an Amiga 1200 off ebay just to play that game. If you could get a joystick that felt like a proper amiga joystick (not an analogye one, or a control pad) then I could finally retire my a1200....

    Nice to see retro making its way back.

    "It's not olden, it's Golden" - SoccerAM
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    metatasian , 19 March 2010 20:47
    This reminds me soooo much of my beloved Amiga 500! I can't believe they managed to cram full games like Interceptor onto a 1.44MB floppy drive. I Loved games like Robocop (when it didn't crash to the screen with the red borders), Menace and of course the daddy - IKARI WARRIORS!
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    Silmarunya , 20 March 2010 02:39
    This actually looks like a great SFFPC! However, a keyboard takes all sorts of abuse, from liquids to rough handling. Can the PC components stand that sort of wear and tear without having to be replaced too often?
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    guanyu210379 , 25 March 2010 16:06
    I was a big fan of commodore 64 back then, I am quite interested about this one.
    I have opened commodore's official website and taken a peek of the hardware specs.

    I like the overall specs and form (the looks)
    The integrated graphic card is simply too weak even for a htpc, it should've used a better one even a slightly better one lke GMA4500HD.
    But again, overall, the new commodore is a compact PC which is a lot better than those using Atoms, and the price is still acceptable.

    I also wish it has preinstalled C64 emulator for the good old times sake(without it, , the new one is not a complete commodore)or even new C64-like games. :D 

    I wonder if I'm still able to install a better graphic card.