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Commodore 64 Gets iOS Like Operating System cOS

Posted on 22nd Sep 2015 @ 8:41 PM

The Commodore 64 was one of the very best home computers back in the 1980’s   In fact, even to this day it is the number one best selling computer systems ever.  And just as it hold the title of the best selling computer, it is also the classic computer that continue to get brand new commercial and freeware game releases. 

It has such a large homebrew / indie developer scene that they even bring out new utilities, updates to alternate operating systems and a clever developer has now released a “modern UI” in the theme of iPad and Android tablets, utilizing a touch screen and app icons that actually launch the game or utility that you want to play or use.

Introducing the cOS - short for, we can only guess, Commodore OS.  The touch screen user interface for the modern Commodore owner.  The video below will show it in action.  If you still have a Commodore 64, then you can download and use the software free of charge, as it is a freeware release.  

If you don't have your c64 any longer then you can use the pretty amazing FrodoDS emulator - the C64 Emulator for the Nintendo 3DS to load and play your c64 games - and cOS on your Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or 2DS system with the help of an R4 3DS card.  Check the video below for cOS in action...  The video shows the use on a modern TV with what appears to be a touch screen overlay.  The Nintendo 3DS however already has a touch screen so using it should be a lot easier.  You can of course use it even without the touch screen and just select the apps you wish to load and play.

It really never ceases to amaze us just what new and amazing apps, games and homebrew releases people come out with.  Developers continue to push the limits of classic game systems and classic computers and stun and impress us with the new things that these old trusty systems can do.  cOS is just such an application.  

It comes on 2 sides of a disk.  And you can download them below:

Side A 

Side B 

Lots of the programs on the disk are for goofy fun.