C64 Games System
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|C64 Games System|
|Price:||100 £; (ca. 230 DM, ca. 115 €)|
|Processor:||MOS 6510 @ ca. 1 MHz|
|OS:||modify C64 KERNAL & BASIC V2.0|
Handling only with joysticks;
Software handling only with cartridges
The video console C64 Games System (a.k.a.: C64GS) was published 1990 in the UK and costs round about 100 Pound.
This start for Commodore in the video console market was a flop. The reason was that it was far too late to launch a C64-based console in 1990. The technology was old and the games were poor compared to systems like Nintendo's NES, Sega's Master System and other dedicated consoles of that era.
The C64 Games System has no keyboard. There are connections for 2 joysticks, a game cartridge like C64 Games System (Cartridge Collection) (the games were modified only for playing with joystick) or another game cartridge, connections for TV and monitor, and a power connection for the power supply.
A little bit later Commodore tried again to launch into the video game console market and produced the new Amiga-based CDTV (1991) with technology based around the Amiga 500 design plus a built in proprietary CD drive. Due to low popularity and Commodore wanting it to be sold on store shelves with other audio/video entertainment systems (i.e. away from computer-related products), it failed in the market. Later in 1992 Commodore launched the CD32, the first 32-bit game console based on the Amiga 1200 design with built in proprietary CD drive. It was very popular with over 100,000 on order but due to lack of funds within Commodore and some legal situations with US customs, they were not able to get the products they had manufactured into the country (US), and due to lack of funds they could not produce any more within the US even though they had 1000's on order so inevitably the CD32 also failed in the market.
- Zzap64 magazine - issue 10/1990 - "Inside the future: The C64GS", s. 62-63