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Commodore 64

Written by Barry G. Posted in Consoles


The Commodore 64 is an 8-bit home computer introduced by Commodore in January 1982. Production started in 1982, with machines being released on to the market in August at a price of US $595. Proceeded by the Commodore VIC-20 and Commodore MAX Machine, the C64 features of memory with sound and graphics performance that were superior to IBM-compatible computers of that time. It is commonly known as the C64 or C=64 (after the graphic logo on the case) and occasionally as the CBM 64 (for Commodore Business Machines). It has also been affectionately nicknamed the "breadbox" and "bullnose" due to the shape and color of the first version of its casing. During the C64's lifetime, sales totalled between 12.5 and 17 million units, making it one of the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. Despite a few attempts by Commodore to discontinue the C64 in favour of other, higher priced machines, and constant demand made its discontinuation a hard task. By 1988, Commodore was selling 1.5 million C64s worldwide. Although demand for the C64 dropped off in the US by 1990, it continued to be popular in the UK and other European countries. In the end, economics, not obsolescence, sealed the C64's fate. In March 1994, Commodore announced that the C64 would be finally discontinued in 1995. Commodore stated that the C64's disk drive was more expensive to manufacture than the C64 itself. Although Commodore had planned to discontinue the C64 by 1995, the company filed for bankruptcy a month later, in April 1994

We have tested the c64 android emulators available some on market some not.

Vice64 [available on android market free Download linkstars_Rating_3

This was the best C64 emulator, but not by a lot.  We experienced some difficulties though with the controls so there is definitely room for improvement.

Frodo C64 [available on android market free] stars_Rating_3

This is a good emulator, doesn't have the control issues that Vice64 has but it doesn't read tape images... doh!

Mobile C64 [available on android ,market priced £0.59] stars_Rating_2

Not a good emulator in our experience, we had a lot of compatibility issues.

AnVICEx64 [available on Android market priced £1.49] stars_Rating_2

Half decent but comes at a cost when other good ones are free.