Post by Alex J. Lopez on Nov 18, 2018 2:22:17 GMT -7
I have mixed feelings about theC64 mini. I am an original backer of The64, which was supposed to be a full-sized C64 reproduction featuring HDMI-out and an SD card slot. I paid $150 for the "Computer Console" version (they offered a handheld console version too) and it was supposed to have been delivered in 2016.
2016 came and went and the team kept pushing back the date and making excuses. Finally about a year after it was supposed to have been delivered, the team revealed that they were using the funds to create theC64 mini. They promised a free mini while backers wait for the originally offered products. I received it as promised, though it sat in it's box until Shane told me about the firmware update that makes the mini more usable by allowing the loading of files via USB.
Now if I had any confidence that the originally offered product I purchased would eventually be delivered, I'd just enjoy the mini while waiting for the real "thec64" to arrive. But it's been three years now and the team doesn't even seem to acknowledge what a sleazy move they made using the funds they collected in good faith to create something completely different that IS NOT worth the $150 I paid. They still claim they will deliver the originally promised product. Still no ETA, two years late next month.
I've had some fun with the mini since Shane got me interested in messing with it. It's a neat little device, although the sound emulation can be spotty and the UI could use some work. They've been good about releasing firmware updates, so we'll see.
Personally though, it's cheaper and you'd get better emulation from a raspberry pi running VICE. TheC64 mini does offer an easy, plug and play solution for those that don't want the (potential) hassle of installing retropie or raspbian/VICE on a Pi and configuring.
Post by Shane R. Monroe on Nov 21, 2018 11:02:26 GMT -7
I fixed an odd bug where there was some random value being appended to the end of the generated .CJM files. Probably only affected the mapping of Joystick# 2's Button 3 and it wasn't being stored in the final CJM file - only in the ones pushed for download.
Shane R. Monroe, Passenger Seat Radio / RetroGaming Radio