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
Statistics and features:
C64gs Basic 2.0/Kernal
MOS 8565 "VIC-II"
320 x 200 Hi-Resolution
40 columns text
Palette of 16 colors.
MOS 8580 "SID"
3 voice stereo synthesizer/digital sound capabilities
MOS 6526 CIA
2 Joystick/Mouse ports
Round DIN CBM Monitor port
Female edge-connector C64 expansion port
Full-sized 62 key QWERTY
8 programmable function keys
4 direction 2-key cursor-pad
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