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TheC64 Full Size - Pre-orders Open for USA

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1 hour ago, Swami said:

Wow, the devil's gonna need a parka. A quick look at eBay says $130 is a great price.

I do not purchase from Amazon, so I will have to wait for it to appear elsewhere, anyway.

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5 minutes ago, OLD CS1 said:

I do not purchase from Amazon, so I will have to wait for it to appear elsewhere, anyway.

Me neither, but I imagine eBay and Etsy prices will need to be competitive ... or are you waiting for something to pop up on Goodwill, haha.

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hehehe nah, given my disappointment over the seeming loss of interest for the Mini, I will probably give the Maxi a miss. 

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16 minutes ago, OLD CS1 said:

hehehe nah, given my disappointment over the seeming loss of interest for the Mini, I will probably give the Maxi a miss. 

I got the Mini, but it was $30. Like, what the hell. I think I would rather get an original C64 with the sd hard drive replacement than the Maxi. Pricey, but you do all the original equipment things the emulator wont.

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I paid $60 for the Mini when it was first released.  I honestly did not think it would available in sufficient quantities to live out initial buys.  I figured it would be $60 (or $69?) sell out in a couple of months, then that would be it.  Had no idea it would drop to $30 and still be available even now.

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13 hours ago, OLD CS1 said:

I paid $60 for the Mini when it was first released.  I honestly did not think it would available in sufficient quantities to live out initial buys.  I figured it would be $60 (or $69?) sell out in a couple of months, then that would be it.  Had no idea it would drop to $30 and still be available even now.

I get the same sense about the Maxi as the Euro version is around $230 to the USA and hasn't dropped, but could be wrong.

 

Speaking of the original, does the SD card replacement hard drive do cassettes and carts as well as disks?

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Well, back in January 2020, I hinted that I probably could export a THEC64 Full version to anyone of you for $150 shipped, but nobody bite.

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3 hours ago, carlsson said:

Well, back in January 2020, I hinted that I probably could export a THEC64 Full version to anyone of you for $150 shipped, but nobody bite.

I may or may not have responded to that; the offer is appreciated nonetheless.  I do recall I mentioned I wanted to pick up a real North American release unit, in case there would be any differences between a Euro and US release.  If they are the same then I would have no problem picking one up in such a manner.

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Yeah. I was mainly calculating the lowest possible cost to export an unit ahead of time. I understand that people on eBay are making about ~$70-80 profits on each item sold, something that definitely will end if THEC64 is sold on the US market at $130 + shipping. If you're not aware of what these cost locally in Europe, it is easy to believe the system is that expensive to begin with, while in practice it is a matter of 60% markup to unsuspecting American buyers.

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Has anyone found a way to play light gun or light pen games on this? Obviously, the original peripherals are out, but by joystick or mouse?

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I received the full sized “The VIC 20” yesterday.  I have not compared the list of included software with “The 64” but there seem to be a fair number of VIC 20 games included in the Carousel.  Feels like more than what The 64 includes.  The other difference is that it offers VIC 20 mode as the “default” default instead of 64 mode, but in all other respects, it’s the same as the 64.  

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I think TheC64 full sized unit is a good device. It is especially a good device for those folks who do not have a C64 at all anymore and just want to have most of the experience without dealing with nearly 40 year old hardware. It does indeed work great and the software compatibility is quite high. The emulation is pretty spot on.

 

The only thing that kills it for me is that it is HDMI only. Of course it is pixel perfect crisp on an HDMI flat panel TV, but that is not nostalgic to me personally. I like to use my Commodore 8-bit machines with a CRT TV. If they just added a composite or s-video option that would have been great.

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5 minutes ago, carlsson said:

Aren't there external HDMI to composite video degraders?

Yes.  Down-scalers are difficult but not impossible to find.  That is, I have a difficult time finding them in-channel, but you can get them from various outlets.

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