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Commodore re-enters the market as a purpose built gaming PC

The Commodore is ready to make a splash back into the computer world with a new gaming computer that will be shown later this month during CeBIT in Germany.  Specifics of the computer remain scarce, but Commodore CEO Bala Keilman promises that the new Commodore PC is going to bring the Commodore brand back into the gaming industry.

"25 years ago, Commodore launched the best selling personal computer of the late 20th century, the C64, and defined the early computer games experience for millions of people worldwide," Keilman said in a statement. On the Commodore Gaming website, only a graphical teaser is posted for what will come.

The Commodore gaming PCs will be shown on March 15th, and will be live demo machines which will be playable. "We are privileged and excited to bring the commodore brand back to the gaming community and mark a new chapter in its history with this exceptional machine. We're sure that it will deliver what gamers need and want," said Keilman.

It appears that the PCs will be available for the European market on release, but the company did not rule out a launch in North America and Asia.  Commodore expects to make more more announcements soon.

The problem with a Commodore comeback is that the gaming market today is nothing like the one that the C64 entered 25 years ago -- Alienware and VoodooPC are two of the top tier companies already producing gaming PCs.  Also, the Microsoft Xbox360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii are all strong competitors of PC gaming, with 41% of U.S. households reportedly now having video game consoles

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If this is another Windows PC...
By kelmon on 3/7/2007 5:18:19 AM , Rating: 4
My first computer ever was a C64 and I loved it. In this respect I have a fondness for the old Commodore brand and the wonderful games that it introduced me to, like The Last Ninja, Turrican and others. However, if this is just going to be another "gaming PC' built around off-the-shelf components and Windows Vista then it will be a sad day as the brand reappears only to disappear immediately into a pool already filled with others. It would be nice to see them do something different, something that lives up to the legacy but I somehow doubt that this wil happen. Wait and see, I guess...

By DublinGunner on 3/7/2007 6:00:22 AM , Rating: 2
I hope they managed to put all the PC components into the back of the keyboard!!!

Oh, the memories! I also hope the logo remains the same.

By danskmacabre on 3/7/2007 6:02:01 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, was my first computer as well.
I bought it to play Elite and Ultima 2 the RPg.

It'd be a real blast from the past to see Commodore back in the market.

Mind you, I'd need to see a lot more information before I'd consider buying one of these new incarnations

RE: If this is another Windows PC...
By BladeVenom on 3/7/2007 7:26:04 AM , Rating: 2
Of course it's another Windows PC.

RE: If this is another Windows PC...
By danskmacabre on 3/7/2007 7:44:15 AM , Rating: 2
I did assume it would be a windows machine.
I'm guessing since comparisons have been made in the article to alienware etc, Commodore will be a brand of PC manufacturer.

So all you're really buying iss a brand name.
Would be nice though to have a commodore machine for a laugh, although I generally build my own PCs anyway.

If they are cost effective I might make an exception.

By PitViper007 on 3/7/2007 8:32:32 AM , Rating: 3
I actually didn't have the C64, but a buddy of mine did, and that was probably one of the most fun systems I've used. MY first PC however WAS a Commodore Colt, which was an "IBM Clone" Not a bad machine for then (8088 processor, dual 5 1/4" floppies, no hard drive, CGA graphics, etc.) I was able to use it for a while, putting a hard drive into it (10 MB), an EGA graphics card (was a big boost from the 4 color CGA to the 16 color EGA), and a VIC 20 processor. That's when being a computer geek really meant


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