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Max Machine / Ultimax
Commodore • 1982

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Launched ByCommodore
Type8-bit Console

The Max Machine (also known as the UltiMax in USA / Canada; and the VC-10 in Germany) was a games console with a membrane keyboard released by Commodore in Japan in early 1982.

The machine was essentially a very cut-down C64 – the C64 and C128 were designed to have compatibility with MAX Machine cartridges.

Around 24 cartridges were released for the machine, many of these would be later repackaged as C64 games. A lot of the games were made for Commodore by HAL Laboratory.

Popular Max Machine / Ultimax games


Emulating the MAX Machine / UltiMax can be done using the VICE emulator, which is available on many platforms.

System Emulator Notes
Windows / Mac OS / Linux MAME/MESS Good Support. Setname: vic10
Windows / MacOS / Linux / more VICE The C64 version of VICE can emulate MAX Machine .crt cartridges.

Emulator information last updated 6th August 2020

Tech Specs and further details

Name MAX Machine / UltiMax / VC-10 / VIC-10
Origin United States / Japan
Processor MOS 6510
Developed by Yashi Terakura
Memory 2.5k RAM
Display Output RF Output
Colours 16 colours
Audio SID Chip
Storage ROM Cartridges, ports for cassette
Input Built-in Membrane Keyboard
Cost $180 at launch
Additional Names MAX Machine (Japan) / UltiMax (US / Canada) / VC-10 (Germany)


  • - MultiMax is a cartridge for the MAX Machine / UltiMax which contains all the games ever released for the system. The website also gives some background information on the machine.