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On 13/11/2019 at 12:26, ulala said:


 

the ps Classic was dogged by poor emulation and poor selection of games.

 

neither of which seem to apply to this device

 

what we are getting is a great working facsimile of a full keyboard c64. Just what we have been waiting for.

 

I've just preordered one. If it's shit, you owe me £100

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For those that want something more than The C64 delivers, you might want to keep an eye out on the Mega65. 

 

It is going way beyond what The C64 delivers so it's more comparable with the Spectrum Next, but essentially a team are working on releasing a version of the fabled Commodore 65, which was Commodore's attempt at a souped up C64 in 1990/91 with a 3.5" floppy. 

 

The original C65: 

 

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The MEGA (useum of Electronic Games & Art) 65 (http://mega65.org)

 

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Keep in mind that this was supposed to be released in 2016, but like the Spectrum Next it's been delayed, but they've recently created samples from the moulds, so it's hopefully getting close to the end. 

 

 

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I want an Amiga Mini. I still have my a1200 but its a pain to set up and the image quality is trash..

 

Be great to have a small machine i could load up with games and use with HDMI. Be even better if you could hook it up to the net.. 

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On 20/11/2019 at 15:02, Darhkwing said:

I want an Amiga Mini. I still have my a1200 but its a pain to set up and the image quality is trash..

 

Be great to have a small machine i could load up with games and use with HDMI. Be even better if you could hook it up to the net.. 

You could, with a little effort, try something like Amibian:

 

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On 19/11/2019 at 08:47, ScouserInExile said:

Just had a notification from Amazon telling me the release date for this has been pushed back a week...

Just received a notification from Amazon telling me this has been pushed back 9 days...

 

I'm not getting one, am I?

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2 hours ago, Dudley said:

Yeah plenty of people have them.

From a couple of Facebook groups I've had a quick look at, it would seem there are a good few people in my situation. Amazon have clearly sold more than they have.

 

I bought one off Shopto yesterday, it's arriving after 4 today.

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3 hours ago, Swainy said:

How better is the joystick this time around?

The joystick feels much better. Solid and clicky. 

Annoyingly it doesn't seem like you can plug into into a PC and use it as a retro controller with other devices which is a shame. 

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7 minutes ago, Anne Summers said:

The joystick feels much better. Solid and clicky. 

Annoyingly it doesn't seem like you can plug into into a PC and use it as a retro controller with other devices which is a shame. 

Cool. I might pick the new joystick up for the mini at some point then.

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Worth picking up used to make sure the troll doesn't get money.

 

The only slight shame is it can't do what the PS Classic can do and properly integrate stuff on a memory stick into the main menu.

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22 hours ago, Anne Summers said:

The joystick feels much better. Solid and clicky. 

Annoyingly it doesn't seem like you can plug into into a PC and use it as a retro controller with other devices which is a shame. 

 

It should work with a PC (plus Mac and Linux), you can buy it as a separate product.

 

https://retrogames.biz/thec64-joystick

 

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Designed to invoke memories of the joysticks used on the original computer back in the 80s and 90s, THEC64 Micro Switch Joystick is a USB controller that is also compatible with PC, Mac and Linux computers.

 

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I also didn't realise it supports a Vic-20 mode, which is a nice bonus. Pity it didn't have a Plus/4 mode as to be honest I've never really played the Plus/4, but it would have been great to have tried out some of Mr Micro's Plus/4 games.

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is the 64 joystick different to the mini then? ive just bought a second stick fot the c64 but have now just remembered that i bought a second joystick for thr mini a few months ago.

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2 hours ago, Dudley said:

Worth picking up used to make sure the troll doesn't get money.

 

The only slight shame is it can't do what the PS Classic can do and properly integrate stuff on a memory stick into the main menu.


at least it seems very simple to put roms into a folder on a stick and they just work.

 

 

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56 minutes ago, AceGrace said:

is the 64 joystick different to the mini then? ive just bought a second stick fot the c64 but have now just remembered that i bought a second joystick for thr mini a few months ago.

Its microswitched, which I think the Mini version wasn't.

2 hours ago, gone fishin' said:

I also didn't realise it supports a Vic-20 mode, which is a nice bonus. Pity it didn't have a Plus/4 mode as to be honest I've never really played the Plus/4, but it would have been great to have tried out some of Mr Micro's Plus/4 games.

Yeah, I got all excited when I saw I has a VIC 20 mode, thinking it might have more cores involved. Maybe a future development?

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I've grabbed a torrent of something like 17,000 C64 games, which I'm guessing includes language and region variants. 

 

What I now Need to do is remember all my favourites and put together a curated list...

 

 

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It’s a shame that they haven’t added the VIC 20 mode to the mini. By the way guys, there’s new firmware out for both the mini and the full size model. 
 

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THEC64 Update 13th December 2019

FIRMWARE UPGRADE FOR MINI AND FULL-SIZE THEC64 USERS

We are so pleased to be able to bring you a new upgrade for THEC64 mini with some extra features added, extra joystick functionally and also a FREE EXTRA NEW GAME as a small Christmas present to you all. The same upgrade file also adds a few small improvements to the newly released full-size THEC64!

We do anticipate there will be more firmware upgrades in due course in 2020 for both models, adding new features as we go.

Anyway, here is what you can find in the new firmware upgrade v1.3.1:

*Adds a complete new free game to the GAMES CAROUSEL on THEC64 Mini. Farming Simulator C64 Edition by GIANTS Software GmbH

*Adds a function to ‘Sort by’ function to the GAMES CAROUSEL on the HOME screen

*Automatically adjusts the SID audio pitch so that it more correctly matches NTSC and PAL models

*Introduces a new full height function via a filename flag or cjm file, which squeezes the entire display (including top and bottom borders) into the output image

*Adds an option to Shutdown the device from the Device settings menu

*Extends the virtual joystick controls, adding other keypresses for highlighting and selecting options and opening and closing THEC64 Mini menu

*Changes the joystick configuration for pre-installed titles on the GAMES CAROUSEL to allow some third-party controllers to now fire using their shoulder triggers

*Improves support for third-party controllers that use axis, hat and stick buttons

*Adds compatibility with THEC64 Micro Switch Joystick

… and other improvements. Full details are available on the web site. Please visit 

https://retrogames.biz/thec64-mini/support/upgrade-thec64-mini

THEC64 users get the following in v1.3.1.:

*Fixes an issue when using a combination of the Left Shift and top-left arrow key and the joystick menu button to open/close THEC64 Menu from BASIC

*Fixes an issue changing the computer model in cjm files

Visit 

https://retrogames.biz/support/upgrade-thec64

Please note that the upgrade file is the same for both THEC64 Mini (Europe and North America) and THEC64 full-size models, and it auto-detects the hardware and applies the appropriate upgrade for you.

 

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I got TheC64  for Christmas after cancelling mine ages ago, was told in no uncertain terms I'm so difficult to buy presents for they thought it'd be a nice surprise :lol: The system itself is pretty good, effectively the same as the mini with the carousel for games so nothing too different there. Having a keyboard is handy for more text/key heavy games but the packed in micro switched joystick is trash to be honest.

 

The second button on mine keeps sticking if you press it towards the bottom left, not too big a deal if you keep your thumb towards the corner but at times of frantic presses it can be frustrating.  The play on the stick itself is awful. Yes they've fixed the previous problem where the shaft felt it would snap if wiggled enough but now it just doesn't feel anywhere near as accurate as it should be.  Really having to yank it in directions to make movements, not as smooth as it should and requires too much delibate yanks in games to be useful.  Very annoying as I quite like the design and feel in the hand but it isn't good enough for extended sessions in my eyes.  I'm glad you can at least use other USB controllers and I'll be using another before long but expected better.

 

Good system, awful stick and dodgy button on mine. No idea if more are like this but something to keep in mind if you haven't been able to pick one up.

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I had a good two hour blast on this last night. I think I'm used to the joystick but it's definitely a bit odd to use. Though some of that may be down to not having used a stick for a while years decades. It's quite stiff as well (missus).

 

The keyboard feels good, if a little bit less "clunky" than the way I remember the original.

 

Decent selection of games, with something for everyone in there. All bolstered by it being really easy to launch disk or tape images. I will say, though, that a couple of games I've tried disk images of don't work. When it's things like Creatures 2 and Barbarian, I can't imagine there wouldn't be working versions out there, so there seems to be emulation issues?

 

I'm happy with it overall. I think I'll be happier when I get my wish list of games working.

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23 hours ago, ScouserInExile said:

I'm happy with it overall. I think I'll be happier when I get my wish list of games working.


This might help:

 

 

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