Following the high profile launch of the Amiga 1000, the Amiga 2000 was released in 1987. Aimed at a more high-end market Amiga, the Amiga 2000 is one of the most configurable Amiga’s available.
The Amiga 2000 utilises the same Motorola 68000 processor as the Amiga 1000. An increased 1mb RAM as standard along with a built-in kickstart ROM being welcome additions.
Two variations of the Amiga 2000 were produced, albeit not to huge demand. The Amiga 1500 released in the UK only. In addition to this, the Amiga 2500 was released, which is essentially an Amiga 2000 bundled with an accelerator.
A2000s utilised kickstart 1.2 or 1.3, but later revisions had the ‘Enhanced Chip Set’ (ECS) fitted with Kickstart 2.0.
How to Emulate the Amiga 2000?
Amiga 2000 emulation is reasonably well catered for, so it is not that hard to find a good Amiga 2000 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 2000. 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.
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 2000 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.
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. Check out WinUAE here.
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.
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 2000 emulator if you are not confident with setting up emulators. Check out Amiga Forever here.
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. Check out UAE4ALL here.
Amiga 2000 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 2000 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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