Commodore 64, the best selling home computer legend turns 35
Ken Olsen, co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation once said, "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home." Oh, boy! Was he wrong?
It has turned 35 now!
Commodore 64's sales are yet to be equaled
What made it popular?
It was something that allured all with the office applications and the wide range of games which were expanded upon frequently.
Once made available to the public, it spelled into a gargantuan commercial success.
Its initial days
The initial traction was brought on by the first Commodore computer aka the PET 2001, which came with a small screen, a keyboard, and a cassette recorder.
A few years later came the VIC-20, which also became successful owing to the fact that it was cheap and user-friendly. However, it is still significant, as it paved way for the biggie, Commodore 64.
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A marvel in its age
Its specifications would make a modern geek laugh but, in those days, it was a technological marvel.
It had a MOS 6510 processor running at 1MHz with 64kB RAM.
Its graphics prowess was also commendable. It was capable of displaying 16 colors on the maximum screen resolution of 320x200 pixels. It may sound nothing now, however, in those days, it was futuristic.
Plug and play
It also sported ports for a wide range of peripherals. You could bundle screens, printers, disk and cassette players, and joysticks.
It retailed for $595 when launched, which was quite affordable considering the fact that Apple II, its alternative, had a pocket pinch that was three times more than this.
However, the success story ended when PCs running Windows came to the market.
A legend worth remembering
It survived till the 1990s, banking on the huge range of compatible games that were still being bought for the Commodore.
Lukewarm sales along with the failure of CD32 console finally made the firm file for bankruptcy in 1994.
It was revived in 2007 but didn't work out. Now it's with some Italian entrepreneurs, who plan to re-position it in the mobile devices market.
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