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TheC64 box front
Producer: Retro Games Ltd.
Price: 119.99 US$; 109.99 £; 119,99 €
Released: 2019
Processor: ARM
Memory: 64 KByte, upgradeable
OS: Linux
  • Delivered under the license of Cloanto Corporation
  • Uses VICE for emulation
  • Predecessor: THEC64 Mini
  • Special edition: THEVIC20

THEC64 (unofficially THEC64 Maxi) is an ARM-CPU-based game console that runs via VICE under Linux C64 games and programs with a full-size functional C64 keyboard. When the project was announced and advertised some time ago, the new C64 console was referred to as THEC64 Maxi. However, this was changed to THEC64 at short notice when sales started. Therefore the same C64 console can be found on the Internet under both names.

The console can be connected to any modern Television with HDMI interface, was developed by the company Retro Games Ltd. and is distributed by Koch Media.

The THEC64 is not a replica of the C64, even if the case resembles the original C64. The hardware is more like a mini-PC; the C64 software is only executed via software-based emulation. Thus the approach of the THEC64 is similar to that of the RetroPie project. Accordingly, the THEC64 cannot offer a user port, IEC port or expansion port on principle. This distinguishes the device from similar projects like the Ultimate 64 or the C64DTV, whose hardware are new developments, but which are strongly based on that of the C64 and are partly compatible on the hardware level.

The THEC64 offers 62 built-in C64 game classics like Jumpman, Street Sports Basketball, Temple of Apshai, Netherworld or Skate Crazy, as well as the 2 VC20 game classics Gridrunner and Psychedelia.

According to the packaging, there is a C64 and VIC20 or VC20 mode with BASIC V2 in addition to the game carousel (C64 Games or Carousel Mode).

Announced this project already in 2016[1], however, first appeared the THEC64 Mini, before the project THEC64 Maxi from autumn 2018[2] was started again. Sales in Germany started from 23.12.2019 at a price of about € 119,99. Internationally, the sales launch had been announced for 05.12.2019[3]. Amazon UK has been selling it since 12/12/2019 and the online retail price is currently significantly increased!

The THEC64 project was designed in the UK and produced in China.

Technical Details[edit | edit source]

  • Pixel graphics in 4:3 format with CRT filter and PAL or NTSC mode at 50 and 60 Hz.
  • Memory function for save games of the built-in C64 games.
  • Software updates via USB stick.
  • 64 Game Classics (integrated on the ROM chip)
  • Dimensions: 200×70×400 mm
  • Weight: 830 g
  • Current Retro Games Firmware version: 1.5.2 (delivery state!)

Box front.
Box backside.
Box upper.
Box side
Infos from box.

Included Games[edit | edit source]

The following 64 classic C64 games from the game companies of Epyx, Gremlin Graphics, Hewson, Thalamus and The Bitmap Brothers are included as shipped:[4].

Unlike its predecessor THEC64 Mini, some games have been replaced by 11 other C64 games and 2 VIC20 games. These are marked in the table as New (N)'!

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