The Commodore 64 Direct to TV is out

It’s out, and the entire inventory of 250K units was bought by QVC.

So much for getting one of these at Kmart. Anyway, it’s a C64 in a joystick enclosure with 30 games built in, similar to the Atari 2600 and Intellivision units you see in stores.The game selection is a bit disappointing, with an awful lot of obscure titles and, aside from the included Epyx titles, very few big hits. According to the designer, the problem is tracking down the copyright holders of some of these 20-year-old titles in order to get permission to use them.

Two of my all-time favorites are on there: Jumpman Jr. and Pitstop 2. But, alas, no Seven Cities of Gold, no Dig Dug, no Pirates!, no Giana Sisters…

I’d think about getting one, but I’m sure the main appeal would be turning it into a full C64, which is supposed to be possible.

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3 thoughts on “The Commodore 64 Direct to TV is out

  • November 27, 2004 at 10:20 am


    Do you have a 5.25″ disk drive? I figure you might have a few disks left though.


    • November 27, 2004 at 2:19 pm

      But of course. I have a 1571, 1581 (the 3.5-inch drive), and at least a couple of different flavors of 1541s lurking in the basement. What I don’t have anymore is a working C-64 or C-128 CPU. My 128 either has a bad power supply or a faulty memory chip. I had a pile of C-64s at one time but I lost them in a move. I haven’t seen them in probably six years.

  • November 27, 2004 at 7:42 pm

    Dave, I’ve got a Commodore Plus/4 that’s never been used. That was the "business version" of the C-64, right ?

    My wife’s mom won it in a contest years ago and it’s now in the top of our closet gathering dust. You interested ?

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