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Commodore 64 is reborn: New system out June

4GB RAM, Blu-Ray, Nvidia graphics...

Almost 30 years after its original release, the Commodore 64 is making a comeback as a high-end PC - and it'll run Crysis.

Commodore's announced it's to recreate the 8-bit machine near-perfectly, and boost its original 64 kilobytes of memory up to 2GB of DDR3 (expandable to 4GB), with a 1.8ghz dual-core Intel Atom D525.

The new Commodore 64 can run original 8-bit games through an emulator and is said to be "as close to the original in design as humanly possible", with genuine Cherry brand key switches and the exact same shape keys as the original.

"No expense has been spared" on the new device, the company boasts, and it's set to house a modern mini-ITX PC motherboard and the latest Nvidia Ion2 graphics chipset.

A slot or tray load DVD R/W drive - with optional Blu-ray - is included, along with a multi format card reader/writer and five USB slots.

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The new Commodore 64 can deliver 1080p HD quality video playback and 6 Channel High Definition Audio through a television or monitor and incorporates wireless wi-fi for streaming.

In addition to Commodore's own OS, the C64x is described as a fully functional PC and you can install the latest version of Windows if you fancy.

Commodore's already started taking pre-orders for the C64x, priced at $595 (£364), and says the machine will ship between May and June. It's expected to appear in shops later this year.

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