Amiga emulators

From Emulation General Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
The Amiga 1000
The Amiga is a series of computers released by Commodore, starting in 1985. It was a very powerful and capable machine for its time, featuring a Motorola 68000 and custom chips dedicated to IO, sound, graphics and more. This family of computers became quite popular, especially in Europe, spawning a huge library of games over time.

The later Amigas failed to advance vastly on the old models and the family lost its gain to newer video game consoles and other PC architectures. Eventually, Commodore became bankrupt and production of Amiga hardware and games were on the decline since. Despite this, there are still a handful of loyal Amiga users today and software continues to be developed for the classic machines, as well as a newer line of PowerPC-based Amigas released in the 2000s and beyond.

The Amiga was a tremendously complex machine, with multiple revisions to both its hardware and its system software. This can make emulation quite tricky, as figuring out the requirements for any specific game can be fairly difficult.

A commercial package exists, "Amiga Forever", from Cloanto, which elides past many of the complexities of Amiga emulation. It includes fully licensed ROMs, system disks, and (for applicable machines) hard drive OS images for every model that Commodore shipped. The package itself is basically a very sophisticated frontend for WinUAE and WinFellow, but comes with pre-configured setups for many games. If you have sufficient expertise, you can manually do everything it's doing, but it's pretty convenient even for experts. It's also the easiest way to get legal copies of the original system ROMs.

Emulators[edit]

PC
Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Active Libretro Core Recommended
WinUAE Windows 3.5.0
FS-UAE Multi-platform 2.8.3
WinFellow Windows 0.5.4
MAME Multi-platform 0.190
Raspberry Pi
Amiberry Linux (ARM) 2.1
Mobile
FS-UAE Multi-platform 2.8.3
UAE4Droid Android ?
Uae4all2 Android 2.3.6.4
Uae4arm Android 1.0.0.16
Omega 500 Android 0.2.3 ?