Amiga 1000

System Overview

Known at release as just ‘Amiga’, the Amiga 1000 is the first of the Amiga range of computers. Released in 1985, the Amiga 1000 was the designed by Jay Miner and his team at Amiga Corporation. Notably, Commodore purchased Amiga Corporation in 1984, essentially saving the company from a dire agreement they had with Atari.

The Amiga was seen as revolutionary. It utilises the Motorola 68000 processor, a powerhouse at the time. The system has custom chips which assisted greatly with it’s graphical and audio capabilities. Performance of the Amiga surpassed anything seen at the time, with PCs still being used as business machines.

When released, the Amiga 1000 only shipped with 256kb of RAM and did not have a built-in ROM. This was required to be loaded from floppy disk. RAM was expandable up to 8.5mb in total thanks to the external upgrade slot. The Motorola 68000 is clocked @ 7.09mhz for PAL machines and 7.16mhz for NTSC.

Video performance was best in class for a system at the price point. The Amiga 1000 offered multiple video modes and a palette of 4096 colours.

Commodore did not initially market the product that well, on account of the wide scope of its abilities. By and large, the Amiga 1000 is truly a multimedia computer and way ahead of its time.

How to Emulate this system?

Amiga 1000 emulation is reasonably well catered for, so it is not that hard to find a good Amiga 1000 emulator. We recommend taking a look at RetroArch if you are seeking an all in one solution. RetroArch emulates a large number of systems including the Amiga 1000. RetroArch is a front end that utilises emulator 'cores', it is reasonably easy to use and has lots of good supporting documentation on how to use it. RetroArch is available across a number of platforms including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi and many consoles. Check out RetroArch here The king of Amiga emulation has long reigned in the form of UAE. UAE provides emulation of all variances of the Commodore Amiga (including the CDTV and CD32). It allows emulation of all original stock hardware, but also of additional hardware such as hard drives and accelerator cards. It is the most complete, all in one Amiga 1000 emulator you will find. There are a few flavours of UAE available. Depending upon your platform and also skill level, you will find something that suits your needs.
Emulator Description Platform
WinUAE The most configurable and advanced Amiga emulator. Recommended if you want to play around with depth settings and recreating your old Amiga set up more accurately. Windows
FS-UAE This package is very much focussed on gaming and has a much more accessible interface. Definitely recommended if you want to primarily play games with minimal fuss. Windows / Mac / Linux
Amiga Forever A really good all in one solution to experience the Amiga on your Windows PC. The package contains all you need to get running out of the box. This is the best plug and play Amiga 1000 emulator if you are not confident with setting up emulators. Windows
UAE4All A UAE port for Android. Provides a very good level of emulation of all stock Amiga hardware. But, can be used on the go on your mobile device. Android

Emulating the Amiga 1000 using a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a compact single board computer which has become very popular for emulating retro computers and consoles. You can buy the Pi very cheaply and has a whole community supporting and building accessories and applications that are compatible with.

Significantly, for Retro Gaming enthusiasts, the Raspberry Pi offers fantastic all round emulation of many systems. It offers the ability to output games on HDTVs via HDMI or older CRT TVs via composite outputs. Combining the Raspberry Pi with Retropie, you have a device capable of emulating anything from the Atari 2600 to the Sony PlayStation.

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