The team behind TheC64 have just released another big update on the progress of the console and with just over 5 weeks until we can get our hands on a unit, it’s looking like they are well on track.
Legendary programmer Jeff Minter was presented with a production unit earlier this week and from Jeff’s own twitter feed it appears he is very impressed. Jeff also added his signature to a special TheC64 that has been won by a very lucky bidder who took part in the Gamesaid auction in early December 2017.
First impressions are that the c64 mini seems pretty good. The machine itself is very nicely made and has a decent weight to it. The joystick feels a lot like the old competition pro with extra buttons for the UI and game specific functions.
— Jeff Minter (@llamasoft_ox) February 9, 2018
If anyone is near London on the 17th Feb then you may want to consider going along to the PC Gamer Weekend at London Olympia. Paul Andrews will be giving a talk about the development, production and other fun aspects of developing, manufacturing and releasing a small Commodore 64. It’s strongly hinted that should you wish to get your hands on the console itself then you may well be in luck.
Finally, the team have also given an update on one of the questions that pretty much everyone has been asking, is it possible to run other C64 games on TheC64? The answer is a resounding yes!
An FAQ will be published shortly on www.thec64.com which will go into much more detail about how files such as games in the .D64 format can be used. Keep an eye out for the manuals will also be appearing soon. Lots more information can be found via the TheC64 Facebook group.
Don’t forget that should you want your own TheC64 then you can win one, courtesy of Retro Games Ltd, from the new Zzap 64 Annual announced earlier this week by Chris Wilkins of Fusion Retro Books.