Ghost Recon 2 painted Commodore xx
Commodore is indeed back but it's no different from everyone else this time around

DailyTech previously reported that Commodore was expected to make a splash back into the gaming scene by introducing computers targeted specifically towards gamers. The company left the scene more than two decades ago after launching the famous Commodore64.

Today Commodore confirms the reports after it launched its new website and revealed upcoming system specifications. Officially called the Commodore xx, the new flagship system will be based on current off-the-shelf components.

Official specifications include:
  • Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core processor QX6700: 2.66GHz 8M Cache
  • ASUS P5N32-E nForce 680i SLI motherboard
  • 2x 150GB 10000 RPM SATA Raid 0 and 2x 500GB 7200 RPM SATA Raid 1 hard drives
  • 4GB Corsair Dominator 2xTwin2x2048-8500C5D memory: 1066MHz
  • Philips DVD-RW optical drive
  • 1000W ICE Cube power supply
  • Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
  • 2x NVIDIA 8800 GTX 768MB graphics cards
Commodore will be offering three other models of its gaming PC called the GX, GS and G, stepping in down in specifications respectively. The Commodore G system will ship with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 1.86GHz, 2GB of memory and an NVIDIA 7900 GS.

Despite hopes that the new Commodore system will ship with a brand new version of Amiga OS, the Commodore PCs will ship with Windows Vista Ultimate. However, Commodore indicated that its systems will ship with a Commodore64 emulator with more than 50 classic games preloaded.

Customers who purchase can fully customize system components such as illuminated fan colors and case art work. While all this initially sounds exciting, Commodore is stepping into an industry that is very much different from two decades ago. Today, companies such as Alienware, Falcon Northwest and Voodoo PC offer everything that the Commodore system has and more. At this time, systems cannot be ordered and so there are no details on what system components can be customized beyond the cosmetics.

According to Commodore:
These machines come packaged in a specially designed, heavy-duty yet stylish casing, capable of withstanding our revolutionary painting process. Choose from our library of artwork to personalize your high performance gaming PC and express your own taste and style.
Commodore indicated that systems will be ready for order sometime in mid-April of this year. No prices have yet been defined.

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