Commodore, the 1980s computer manufacturer behind the iconic Commodore 64, has made the seemingly odd decision of moving into the smartphone market. However, as you'd expect from the giants of retro gaming, they haven't quite abandoned their roots.
As well as being a de facto smartphone, the upcoming Commodore PET will also be catered towards playing all the classic retro games of the 1980s. The Commodore PET is essentially a re-purposed 5.5 inch Android smartphone running a modified version of Android Lollipop 5.0 which is specially designed to run Commodore and Amiga games. It also comes with a 5.5 inch IPS 1920×1080 pixel resolution display made of Gorilla Glass 3, which means you can drop it down the toilet to your heart's content.
There will be two Commodore PETs on the market, one model with 32GB storage and 3GB of RAM and another with 16GB storage and 2GB RAM. Of course, these quite modest specifications blow the original Commodore out of the water, since it only came with 64kb RAM and 20kb of storage. Just for fun comparison reasons, the following gif of a cat is 105 times bigger than the TOTAL storage space of the Commodore 64.
Just look at how we've advanced as a species.
However, this doesn't mean the Commodore 64 couldn't play some classic games. If you do happen to get your hands on a Commodore PET, make sure to snap up these iconic titles:
Impossible Mission is not actually affiliated with Mission: Impossible, although the story is basically the same. You play as a secret agent going up against an evil genius. To succeed you must infiltrate his base and find pieces of information which form a password. Of course, you'll need to do all this while also avoiding evil robots.
Elite is a masterpiece of early video game design. Despite the technical limitations of the hardware, developers David Braben and Ian Bell managed to create a vast living universe brisling with enemies and trading opportunities. It was also a graphical marvel, as it was the first game to use 3D wire graphics.
International Karate +/Chop N' Drop
If space trading is a bit too slow for you, how about kicking the crap out of some pixelated dudes wearing dressing gowns? That's what International Karate + (or Chop N' Drop as it was called in the US) offers. Sure, it's not quite as gratuitous or insane as Mortal Kombat X, but it was one of the games which established the modern beat-em up genre.
The Commodore PET is due to release later this month in Europe, with plans to release it wider in the future. The larger model will retail for $365, while the smaller will have a price tag of $300.