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Commodore 64 plans a comeback

Now with 4GB of DDR3 memory.

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Happy news for grey-haired gamers who cut their teeth on the Commodore 64 back in the mid '80s – the classic machine is making a comeback.

As detailed on its official site, the new Commodore 64x looks and feels exactly like the old computer, but under the hood hides a reasonably powerful set of PC specs.

The basic model comes with a mini-ITX PC motherboard, a 1.8ghz dual-core Intel Atom D525 CPU, an Nvidia Ion2 graphics chipset and 2GB of DDR3 memory (which can be upgraded to 4GB). That's a healthy improvement over the 64KB the original machine boasted. There's a DVD drive, USB ports and an SD slot too.

The old red power light is now the On switch, while the Cherry-brand keys are the exact same shape and colour as on the original.

"This is the ultimate hackers keyboard on which to wield your key-fu," reads the cheerful product description.

And the best part? There's a built-in C64 emulator so you can boot up Chuckie Egg for a quick blast at your leisure.

The machine is available for order from the Commodore store now, with prices ranging from $250 (around £153) for the barebones unit to $895 (around £549) for the Ultimate model.

A Commodore spokesperson told Eurogamer that it was taking European orders now with an anticipated delivery date of late April or early May.

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