The VIC-20 was the first computer of any description to sell one million units. It was described as “one of the first anti-spectatorial, non-esoteric computers by design…no longer relegated to hobbyist/enthusiasts or those with money, the computer Commodore developed was the computer of the future.” As the Apple II gained momentum with the advent of VisiCalc in 1979, Jack Tramiel wanted a product that would compete in the same segment, to be presented at the January 1980 CES. The VIC-20 was intended to be more economical than the PET computer. It was equipped with 5 KB of static RAM and used the same MOS 6502 CPU as the PET. The new THEVIC20 by Retro Games will offer the original working keyboard three switchable modes – vic 20, C64 and games carousel; 60HZ (NTSC) & 50HZ (PAL) display modes; pixel filter options (sharp, CRT, scanline emulation); save & resume game functions; 4 USB ports; supports user supplied games via USB Flash drive; firmware upgradeable via USB Flash drive and 64 built-in games. The system will also include a micro Switch joystick. THEVIC20 is available to pre-order on Amazon UK for £109.99 right now. It will be officially released on October 23, 2020.
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