Official Commodore 64 reborn as keyboard PC keeps the beige hue

Announced last March, the Commodore 64 was supposed to be reborn as a keyboard computer with a new silver chassis. We just got wind that the new body isn't happening. Instead, Commodore is sticking with its old-school heritage.

The new Commodore 64 is nearly identical to the old C64. Large and chunky keys? Check. Little glowing red power light? Check. Rainbow logo? Double check. While the new C64's looks will give you that nostalgic feeling, it's innards are entirely updated.

Running an Intel Atom 1.8GHz processor, Nvidia Ion 2 graphics chipset, 2GB of RAM (upgradable to 4GB), this bird can play HD 1080p video without choking.

It doesn't skimp on ports either, with a PS2 port for a mouse, DVI-D, VGA, four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, and an ethernet port.

Once again, no price or release date has been announced. We're pegging this machine at sub-$500. Any higher and we'd just look the other way. It's too bad the updated silver chassis was scrapped — we really liked the addition of a trackpad.

Commodore USA, via Joystiq

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