The 21st century realization of the C65 heritage: A complete 8-bit computer running around 40x faster than a C64 while being highly compatible. C65 design, mechanical keyboard, HD output, SD card support, Ethernet, extended memory and other features increase the fun without spoiling the 8-bit feel. Hardware designs and software are open-source (LGPL).
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MEGA65 features


The MEGA65 is completely open-source. Unlike other FPGA-based computers you can see, modify, and improve the implementation!


The MEGA65 is designed to offer both C64 and C65 compatibility and is already highly compatible. Because it is open-source, compatibility will continue to improve over time.


The MEGA65 supports your creativity with several easy-to-learn programming languages, paint programs and tools. Remember how easy it was to produce something nice on the C64? Now it has become even easier!


The MEGA65 is fun: Several thousands of great retro games can be played right out of the box and will keep you happy (and floating in nostalgia) for years!

Handheld (WIP)

The portable version of the MEGA65 is simply unique: A dual 4G (and 5G upgradeable) handheld computer with uprecedented battery life (est. 1000 hours standby) and stereo 2W integrated speakers, boot time of < 1 second, why would you use anything else to keep in touch and entertained while on the move?


Equipped with four soft SIDs (and the ability to use hard-SIDs in a cartridge) plus four-channel stereo 16-bit digital audio, the MEGA65 sounds great!
Watch the MEGA65 May 2021 update video

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It's real

MEGA65 is not an emulator but a real 8-bit computer with real gun-racing video chip and internal floppy drive!

It's quick

MEGA65 is around 40 times faster than a C64 making it possibly the fastest 8-bit computer of all time!

It's creative

MEGA65 lets you access and watch thousands of legendary digital artworks plus the tools to make them yourself!

Highly customizable

With its FPGA open-source design the MEGA65 comes with a growing community extending and modifying it in various ways.

Coding & development

Making your own games, demos, or applications has become as easy as it was in 1982. You can program a game in just one day.

Core Features

MEGA-OS hypervisor and operating system including freezer and task switcher, VFAT32 file system & inter-process communications

Portable platform

Everything you run on or code for the MEGA65 will also run on the MEGAphone (WIP)! And what about SID music as a ring tone?

Enjoy the community

With the huge number of C64 fans and the growing MEGA65 community you will never be alone with whatever you intend to do!

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