The Amiga 1200 launched in October 1992 and signified the first decent upgrade from the previous 68000 based Amiga 500 range.

System Overview

Following the launch of Amiga 600, the Amiga 1200 arrived with a similar smaller form factor than that of the previous Amiga 500 range. 32-bit architecture, a Motorola 68020, AGA graphics and 2mb of RAM came as standard with the A1200. Also similar to the A600, the A1200 included options of a 2.5″ internal hard drive and a built-in PCMCIA slot to allow various expansions to be added to the machine.

Benefits of the new AGA graphics chip included the ability to display 256 colours on screen from a palette of 16.8 million (The Amiga 500, for example, could only display up to 32 from a palette of 4096). These improvements were ultimately felt to be a bit of a letdown. With many AGA versions of games tending to be simply the same game, but with some extra colours in the backgrounds/sprites, users were not getting real value for money on the improved specification A1200.

The A1200 was to be Commodore’s last base model home computer before their collapse in 1994, with only the Amiga CD32 console being released as an affordable Amiga computer.

Amiga 1200
The Amiga 1200


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How to Emulate the Amiga 1200?

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 1200 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.

WinUAE (Windows)

The most configurable and advanced Amiga emulator and caters wonderfully for Amiga 1200 emulation. Recommended if you want to play around with in-depth settings and recreating your old Amiga set up more accurately. Check out WinUAE here.

WinUAE Overview & Setup Guide
WinUAE Overview & Setup Guide

FS-UAE (Windows/Mac/Linux)

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. Check out FS-UAE here.

Amiga Forever (Windows)

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 1200 emulator if you are not confident with setting up emulators. Check out Amiga Forever here.

UAE4All (Android)

A UAE port for Android. Provides a very good level of Amiga 1200 emulation of all stock Amiga hardware. But, can be used on the go on your mobile device. Check out UAE4ALL here.

Amiga 1200 emulation is well catered for, so it is not that hard to find a good Amiga 1200 emulator. We also 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 1200. 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.

Take a look at our quick start guide for RetroArch which can get you up and running in 5 minutes.

Also, check out RetroArch here.

Amiga 1200 emulation 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 play Amiga 1200 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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