The Commander X16 is a project born from the nostalgic dream of David Murray, a talented young computer enthusiast. It is therefore a real 8-bit computer that is built with current electronic components but at low cost and easy to find in order to make this computer substantially, reliable and economical. Both of these characteristics are obtained with the adoption of electronic components in common use and always available on the market, therefore also cheap. The CPU used is a 6502 or WDC 65C02S @ 8 MHz, so in this case all the hardware is exposed, so to speak, no FPGAs were used for chip reproduction. The computer has the Basic V2 interpreter so it is fully compatible with the Commodore 64 but with some little adjustments or additions.
The Mega 65 is still a prototype project, not yet marketed, which follows the path taken by the Commodore 65, left incomplete by Commodore. The development team declares that in addition to the compatibility with the Commodore 64 will be introduced many improvements starting from the Basic in version 10 to range then on a hardware of modern conception. It is not an emulator but a real 8-bit computer made with modern electronics and about 40 times faster than a classic Commodore 64.
It is a new computer that has already been produced and marketed. The intention seems to continue the Commodore saga after the C128, but with considerable improvements in terms of performance and hardware equipment. Even if it is an 8bit, contrary to other projects that take up the Vintage era reproducing too many limitations, here we have a basic interpreter in version 10, enhanced, and a lot of ram for programming, besides audio and video performances definitely higher than those of many other computers of the same category. Despite the fact that the price might seem a bit excessive, it is certainly an interesting solution in many respects, which should be examined in depth.