This raises an interesting point...Me too, waiting too long for such a machine - I'm already wating for years for the Mega65!
I don't think so as a lot of users expressed their requirement for a low price. I expect the Mega65 to be priced way over $500 which is a completely different arena as the X16.Conversely, if the Mega65 is launched first, then a large chunk of the X16 community might abandon ship to give the Mega65 their full focus.
Yeah, my guess is the Mega will hit between $500 and $600 (mostly because large FPGAs are expensive), and the first generation Commander will be around $250-350, maybe a bit more with the "pro" keyboard.I don't think the Mega65 will be ready anytime soon. It's now nearly 4 weeks since the last announcement. They are going at a very slow pace, sometimes months without any (visible) progress.
I don't think so as a lot of users expressed their requirement for a low price. I expect the Mega65 to be priced way over $500 which is a completely different arena as the X16.
Yes, it may be that I've just been a long time Mega65 "dreamer" if it comes in at a $500 - $600 price level. LOLYeah, my guess is the Mega will hit between $500 and $600 (mostly because large FPGAs are expensive), and the first generation Commander will be around $250-350, maybe a bit more with the "pro" keyboard.
They've mentioned at some time that a kit might not be any cheaper than the same board assembled. The "budget" option with real chips would be the Stage 2, with use of surface mount parts where feasible and possibly some further cost reduction engineering (eg, a CPLD or two eliminating much of the glue logic) ... which would likely be only available as an assembled board.Yes, it may be that I've just been a long time Mega65 "dreamer" if it comes in at a $500 - $600 price level. LOL
Apart from hoping that I will be able to get my hands on some X16 hardware, in the not too distant future, I'm also hoping for the assemble it yourself "kitset" version for those of us who are a bit financially constrained (but who also have plenty of electronics maker experience... even including SMD).
Price can also be compressed by selling it as a kit, having the case as an option could also helps to lower the price.Umm...price matters....price it too high....and the 16 people who say price isn't an issue would be the only ones who own one...and that would be a shame. I've also been waiting to see if a machine like this would ever make it into reality...I'm patient...Hopefully I can contribute some how.
I'm with you on that.Discussion on this forum and the FB group helps build the community. Reporting bugs in the emulator also helps And if you have coding skills creating software for the machine can help build interest.
In my case price matters in so much as that I am poor. But I would be willing to pay pretty much anything for a 6502-based machine with modern I/O interfaces and a capable video chip. I have been chasing this whale for a long time, and I, like David, do not have the skills to do it myself
It's not it "can't do that" in the sense of it is technically impossible to do such a thing. Indeed, a combined cartridge that contained the Vera and the sound chips would make something that the SuperCPU could really get it's teeth into.Chiming in...
Price doesn’t bother me. But I don’t want another computer either. Frankly... I’m perfectly happy with the emulator!
Where I’m coming from is, I have a C64. If the commander came as a cartridge, I’d buy it. Now someone already told me that a cart version could not use the native resources of the C64, to which I say, “oh? but how does the 20MHz C64 SuperCPU work then?”
No project meets everyone's needs.In my particular circumstance, the physical computer doesn’t serve any need or desire of mine.