Retro-Thing takes a nostalgic look back at the retro console that never was, the hysterically named Commodore 65.
After the spectacular success of the Commodore 64, CBM barely knew what to do with themselves. They created the Commodore 128 that combined C64 functionality with unique high powered modes of its own, but it didn’t really work out. Of course there was the mighty series of Amiga computers from the mid 80’s onwards, but Commodore was convinced they could still make good use of the popular C64 technology.
Floppy Enter the Commodore 65; in many ways like a C64 that went to “11”. It featured a sleek new design, two SID audio chips, a built in 3.5″ floppy drive, better graphics abilities, expansion to 8 megs of RAM, and a flat bit to rest your coffee on. Some working prototypes were made in 1990-91, and when Commodore was liquidated after their bankruptcy in ’94, some of these machines got out. No one knows exactly how many are out there; estimates range from 50 to several hundred.
Commodore 65: Like The C64, But It’s One Louder [Retro-Thing]