There was a rumor back in 2010 that Commodore was planning to relaunch the Amiga. Now the retro computer brand has gone and done it, launching this high-end, small form factor gaming PC—as well as a new reissue of its classic C64.
OK, so it looks like a fairly hideous reworking of a Mac Mini. But, but… it’s an Amiga! Shadow of the Beast and Lemmings will never have looked as good. Commodore has managed to squeeze a 3.5GHz Sandy Bridge Core i7 CPU, a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 GPU, 16GB of RAM, a Blu-ray drive, and a 1TB hard drive into its shiny little aluminum case.
The best—or weirdest—bit is that the thing actually runs a Linux-based Commodore OS called Vision, which includes remakes of classic Commodore software. At $2495, despite it’s novelty, I can’t imagine too many being sold.
Commodore has also launched a new reissue of the C64, called the C64x Supreme. It packs a 2.13GHz Dual Core Intel Atom CPU, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 graphics card, 1TB hard drive, and 4GB of RAM. Starting at $1295, it’s also a bit of stretch. But with both computers, you’re buying into a retro brand as much as you are a user experience. The new models ship in 4-6 weeks. [Commodore]