Commodore Comeback!


Ben Heck may have fashioned his modern computer equipment to look like a retro bit of kit, but how about getting your hands on a retro bit of kit that works like modern computer equipment? Well now you can – sort of, at least.

Because the Commodore 64 – that monolithic beige computer which was the must-have gadget of the mid-80s for any self-respecting gamer – is about to make a comeback, and while it might still look clunky and old-fashioned, it’s very much a 21st Century machine.

The new-fangled Commodore 64, which is due on the market later this year, resembles its 1980s counterpart with a large keyboard, chunky casing and rainbow logo – and nostalgia fans will be delighted to know that it will play all those classic old 8-bit games such as Last Ninja and Mutant Camels.

But here’s the thing. The 21st Century Commodore also has 2GB of DDR3 memory (which can be expanded to 4GB) , has wireless internet, a USB slot, can play DVDs or Blu-ray discs (and be connected to modern TVs or monitors) and is also compatible with Windows. So in spite of the novelty factor you are actually getting a serious machine for your money.

At the moment it’s only available from the Commodore USA website, with the 64 priced at around $595, but with worldwide shipping available those of us in the UK can get our hands on one too. And while we’re at it, how about a comeback for its nearest rival, the good old BBC Micro B?


Back to the 70s….sort of

Ben Heck retro console

Modern technology is a wonderful thing but there are times when we all miss those gadgets of bygone days – but one man has taken matters into his own hands and come up with a nifty little machine that looks like an Xbox might have looked had it been invented in 1977.

IT expert Ben Heck (who is also star of his own gadgets and gizmos show on YouTube) used his own Atari 2600 – the classic console which brought Space Invaders, Pac Man and other games to your living room and combined it with Xbox circuitry to produce as the Daily Mail  puts it, ‘a modern games console with a wooden veneer and a classic 1970s look’.

If you’re technically minded and want to try it yourself, you can check out Ben’s instructional video below:

Or if you want an easier life you could just give your iPhone a retro feel instead with this 1980s ‘brick’ style case from Thumbs Up.