Any opinions on the new Commodore 64 computer. I've seen it and it
looks pretty neat.
(i) it comes with 64K of memory standard
(ii) in highest graphics resolution it has 320 X 200 pixels.
In lower resolutions you can display 16 colors
simultaneously, but the number of simultaneous colors
goes down with increased resolution.
(iii) it uses a version of sprite graphics
(iv) it has a cheap plug in telephone modem (only 40 characters
(v) it uses 6510 (like 6502 but with extra I/O ports) and will
have a plug-in Z80 option.
(vi) it has a synthesizer built in with three voices, each can
play over 9 octaves in a variety of waveforms with different
attacks, decays, etc.
(vii) it lists for $595 but can be bought for less (at American
of Madison, for example!). Magazines were offering it
for as little as $479 but are not coming thru. It seems
that Commodore has forbidden mail order firms from
dealing in the 64.
(viii) it uses the same Microsoft BASIC as the PET. They say
they will have Pascal for it soon.