Commodore MAX Machine
Also known as the "UltiMax" and the "VIC-10", the Max Machine is the
original game console version of the Commodore 64.
Software is loaded by cartridge through the Max's expansion/ cartridge
port in the back. Very few game cartridges are known to exist for the
machine, however, though a version of mini-BASIC was produced.
It was apparantly a horrible failure in the Japanese marketplace, and
never made it to Europe or the United States in any official capacity.
The Max Machine was produced by Commodore Japan and was released along with
the C64 in Japan. Unlike the C64GS,
however, the Max Machine was actually *designed* as a game console.
The C64 and C128 are both capable of emulating the Max Machine,
producing an identical memory and address-map configuration
by adjusting the EXROM and GAME lines on the expansion port.
Statistics, features, and Max Machine resources:
MOS Technology 6510
MOS 6566 "VIC-II"
320 x 200 Hi-Resolution
40 columns text
Palette of 16 colors.
MOS 6581 "SID"
3 voice stereo synthesizer/digital sound capabilities
Power connector & on/of switch
Two (2) nine-pin Commodore "Joystick" ports
Male edge-connector 'EXPANSION' port
Channel selection switch
Line audio port
Female RF "TV" port
Commodore Datasette port
Full-sized QWERTY "Contact-Pad"
8 programmable function keys
2 sets of Keyboardable graphic characters
2 key direction cursor-pad
I've been on the hunt for this little puppy since about 1995, when I
first heard about it on the internet. It was acquired because a fan
of these pages (and a great guy) named Ray Castaldo turned me on to
another fellow in Japan (also a collector) named "tomi T" who had
access to this machine from the seller. When it was all said and
done, I had purchased all the YEN I could get my hands on locally,
and the result was this beautiful specimen on my doorstep.