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Re: TheC64!

Post by MattyC64c » Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:51 pm

I've got my 'TheC64'

It's great. The built quality is excellent. My concerns about the keyboard were unfounded it's rather good, not quite as good as a real Breadbin original C64, but pretty close.

The included games are okay, but the real beauty is loading your own. And it's a sinch on TheC64, just add put them on a Flash drive and put the flash drive in the machine. Game and programs can be loaded in two ways, either directly via the 'Carousel' mode, or via the 'Classic' mode. Classic mode takes you to the full C64 desktop like on a real C64.

From here you can insert disks into the virtual floppy drive, tape drive or cartridge port and run them with the original C64 commands.

It's a pretty neat clone of an original C64 and I've been having a blast with it so far.

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Re: TheC64!

Post by Crusty Starfish » Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:05 pm

Got mine too! Not opened it yet though, I'm just too excited! :D

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Re: TheC64!

Post by merman » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:00 am

Haven't had time to open mine either...
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Re: TheC64!

Post by fredghostmaster » Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:10 am

What is the general consensus about this. Worth getting?

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Re: TheC64!

Post by Matt_B » Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:07 pm

fredghostmaster wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:10 am
What is the general consensus about this. Worth getting?
It's a better product than the Mini. If an improved controller, a functional keyboard and a full size case (but with basically the same tiny board inside) are enough to swing it for you, go right ahead.

On the other hand, I'd suspect that most people, who've not already consigned the Mini to dust-gathering-cupboard status, will have figured out how to update the firmware, use their own keyboard and controller, and add their own games, in which case there's nothing that new on offer. It's just a case of whether you want it all in one package really.

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Re: TheC64!

Post by MattyC64c » Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:06 pm

The '8-bit Guy' has a review on his channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxx2F4ffmeE

I'm impressed with mine, I never owned the Mini so a full size model was a no brainer for me.

As well as opening it up, he also tests the latency using a program he wrote on a real Commodore 64 on TheC64, which runs it just fine.

Adding your own games is straight forward. I haven't fully tested multi disk games yet, they're a little fiddly, but they do work.

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Re: TheC64!

Post by RichL » Thu Dec 26, 2019 1:45 pm

Got mine for Christmas.

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Re: TheC64!

Post by MattyC64c » Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:54 pm

I got multi disks to work, you do it via the 'classic mode'. Swapping discs is easy bring up the menu button, access the flash drive and swap disks.

I've still had to make CJM files to turn on true drive emulation to get some games to load. Platoon was one of those games.

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Re: TheC64!

Post by GarryG » Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:16 pm

I got one for Christmas, to address a few concerns...

The keyboard is really good, and has the same feel, and click, of an original C64/VIC keyboard.
The emulation (and especially the sound) speed is much better (a lot less lag) that that on the mini (and that goes for C64 and VIC 20 emulation)
The joystick has been given a real metal shaft and microswitches, and now feels really solid, with a propper click to the movement.
Gridrunner (for the VIC) has been addes to the built in games list, but I've now got a USB stick full of a variety of original and new home-brew games.
Pentagorat plays perfect on this for me (not something you can say for every emulator).


As you can probably guess, i'm both impressed and happy with the Maxi version!

Anyone else been playing around with the VIC 20 emulation side of it? This is defenetly going to be my goto VIC emulation platform now, as well as the C64...
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Re: TheC64!

Post by SHaines » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:44 am

Been out a while now. Anyone picked it up? It's not technically available in the US yet, so I haven't gone out of my way to get it. What I am hearing has been mostly positive, so just curious to hear any first hand perspectives.

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Re: TheC64!

Post by Antiriad2097 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:16 am

SHaines wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:44 am
Been out a while now. Anyone picked it up?
Yes, several people have posted directly above you in this thread with their comments!
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Re: TheC64!

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Re: TheC64!

Post by SHaines » Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:22 am

Antiriad2097 wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:16 am
SHaines wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:44 am
Been out a while now. Anyone picked it up?
Yes, several people have posted directly above you in this thread with their comments!
Funnily enough, I didn't see those posts when I did mine. They sure are there now, so that's a bit odd. Anywho, I'm moving in a few months and think I'll wait until I settle into my new city before picking it up. One less thing.

My main reason to pick this up is to see if I can find and play Alternate Reality: The Dungeon. That was absolutely my favorite video game as a kid. Nostalgia does often blind us, so I suspect my experience with it now will be quite different. Still worth trying to recapture the glory, in my opinion.

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