It will include a working keyboard, and hopefully solve all the problems encountered by the C64 Mini.
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There was a lot of excitement in 2017 when the C64 Mini was announced. However, the version that hit the store shelves was not without its problems, most notably the poor joystick. It included 64 games and could run BASIC, but the keyboard did not work, meaning you needed to connect another device to write. Pretty cool version, but not the end of the story.
Retro Games Ltd, which provided us with the C64 Mini, this week revealed that we are getting a follow-up device. This time is a complete 64-size Commodore complete with a working keyboard!
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On Christmas Eve, the first images of a prototype were published on Facebook. The images reveal an early version of Commodore 64 directly from manufacturing and there are likely to be "small adjustments". There is no release date after 2019, but with the prototype of the production already created, it is hoped to appear before the summer.
The retro games do not yet reveal the final specifications, but I am sure they will take into account all complaints and observations about the C64 Mini. It was also noted in Facebook's participation that Mini has improved through recent firmware updates. At the very least they appear to be listening, which augurs well for Commodore 64 full size.
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At present, the C64 Mini can be purchased for only $ 50. Since the next model is much larger and includes a colloquial keyboard, I expect it to cost more than the $ 79.99 price Mini launched at. If they can keep the price below $ 100, they should do well and attract many Mini owners to make the upgrade.