Amiga 3000

System Overview

Released in 1990, the Amiga 3000 delivered the best specification seen at the time. Including a Motorola 68030, 2mb of RAM and 68882 math co-processor, the Amiga 3000 certainly was no slouch.

The system is highly expandable in the way that the Amiga 2000 also is. It also includes a number of proprietary connections for Amiga specific peripherals. One significant addition was the inclusion of a built-in high-speed SCSI controller. This allowed multiple devices to be connected at once such as hard drives and CD-ROM drives.

Aimed at the higher end or professional user, the Amiga 3000 remained Commodore’s key personal computer Amiga product until 1992. The A3000 was succeeded at this time by the Amiga 4000.

How to Emulate this system?

Amiga 3000 emulation is reasonably well catered for, so it is not that hard to find a good Amiga 3000 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 3000. 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 3000 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 3000 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 3000 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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