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The Commodore
64GS Games System

The "GS" in "Commodore 64GS" stands for "Game System", although this unit is basically just a repackaged Commodore 64 without a keyboard, port access, or standard ROM chip. Cartridges were loaded through the top port, and the machine came packaged with a joystick and a couple of game cartridges to get you started.

This machine was released in 1990, but was probably about 6 years too late. Commodore never really could figure out the Game Console market, or how to make inroads in it. Still, the Commodore 64gs is a fun idea that should have done well. Reports are that this machine spurred Commodore to really promote cartridge production, especially in Europe.

Statistics and features:

CPU: CSG 6510 RAM: 64 kilobytes

ROM: 16 kilobytes

Video: MOS 8565 "VIC-II"
Sound: MOS 8580 "SID" Ports: MOS 6526 CIA Resources:

Personal Note: This machine was quite a lucky find. It was purchased from an English collector who provided lots of cartridges and goodies to play with. Which I did, for awhile. However, I got the C116 soon after, and needed the space in front of my PAL converter, so this little beauty got boxed away.

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