Commodore 64 – Vintage Computer Tech

Commodore 64 – Vintage Computer Tech

Introduction

The Commodore 64, also known as the C64 , is an 8-bit home computer introduced in January 1982 by Commodore International

It has also been listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest-selling single computer model of all time.  With independent estimates placing the number sold between 10 and 17 million units.  

Furthermore volume production started in early 1982, marketing in August for US$595 (equivalent to $1,576 in 2019).  Preceded by the Commodore VIC-20 and Commodore PET, the Commodore 64 took its name from its 64 kilobytes (65,536 bytes) of RAM. 

With support for multi color sprites and a custom chip for waveform generation.  The Commodore 64 could also create superior visuals and audio compared to systems without such custom hardware.

Commodore 64 - Vintage Computer Tech

Commodore 64 – Vintage Computer Tech

Commodore International The Company

Commodore International (other names include Commodore International Limited, or just simply Commodore) was an American home computer and electronics manufacturer founded by Jack Tramiel.

Also Commodore International (CI), along with its subsidiary Commodore Business Machines (CBM), participated in the development of the home–personal computer industry in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The company developed and marketed the world’s best-selling desktop computer, the Commodore 64 (1982), and released its Amiga computer line in July 1985. ‘

With quarterly sales ending 1983 of $49 million (equivalent to $106 million in 2018), Commodore was one of the world’s largest personal computer manufacturers.

Commodore 64 - Vintage Computer Tech

Re-live the memories of the Commodore 64 back to the 80's

About the C64 Mini Console

  • High Definition output at 720p via HDMI – NTSC & PAL (60 & 50 Hz)
  • Pixel Perfect graphics at 4:3 ratio, with full width, CRT filter and also US/Europe display mode options
  • Supports software updates via USB flash drive
  • 2 USB ports: plug in a USB keyboard and use as a fully functional home computer with C64 BASIC, also add a second joystick for 2-player games

Blast from the Past !!! play all your old favorite games with the Commodore 64 Mini Console

The C64 Mini Console

The C64 Mini Console

How much is a Commodore 64 worth?

With extensive research on various sites and online auctions we have come to the conclusion of;  a working Commodore 64 is worth around $100.00 today.  A nonworking or untested one is worth much less, closer to $35.00 A tested, working Commodore 64 with all necessary cables and power supply is worth around $100.00

Why was the Commodore 64 so popular?

Part of the Commodore 64‘s success was due to its superior gaming graphics compared to most other home computers on the market at that time.  Another reason is because it was sold in retail stores instead of electronics stores, and that these machines can be directly plugged into an existing home television without any modifications.  Commodore produced many of its parts in-house to control supplies and cost.

What could you do with a Commodore 64?

Furthermore the Commodore 64 was hugely successful in its time, helping to encourage personal computing, popularize video games and pioneer homemade computer-created music. The device took its name from its US maker, Commodore International, and the fact it had 64 kilobytes of RAM memory.

How many Commodore 64 games are there?

As far as we can figure out, there are about 10,000 Commodore 64 games in all. Of these, somewhere between 2000 and 5,000 of them were officially published games.

Full list of all Commodore 64 games

Commodore 64 games

What happened to Commodore?

Commodore International started in 1954 as a typewriter company and moved through pocket calculators to home computers such as the Commodore Pet, Vic-20, Commodore 64 and the Amiga. The company ran into trouble as the PC revolution took off and, in 1997, the brand was bought by Dutch computer maker Tulip.

What programming language did Commodore 64 use?

Coding languages for the Commodore 64. This includes low-level machine languages (Assembler) up to high-level languages such as BASICCCobolComal, Forth, Fortran, Logo, Pascal, PL/1 or Algol. Coding languages are instructions for the computer hardware to perform certain tasks.

What does the 64 mean in Commodore 64?

Finally the number 64 in the name Commodore 64 stood for the fact that the machine had 64 kilobytes of RAM as standard.  Which at the time was quite substantial when you compare to other home computers out at the time for example the Sinclair ZX Spectrum 16k.

Commodore 64 – Vintage Computer Tech
Commodore 64 – Vintage Computer Tech

John Hughes

John Hughes - Best 4 Tech Stuff Researcher / Administrator - An avid collector of all stuff tech for over 40 years, from his first home computer (Sinclair ZX Spectrum16k) to the latest iPhone.

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