Amiga 4000

System Overview

The Amiga 4000 is the final Amiga ‘personal computer’ to be released by Commodore. Launched in 1992, the Amiga 4000 came in two versions. The first released Amiga 4000 included the Motorola 68040 processor and 2mb chip RAM, the second A4000 arrived the following year. The A4000/030 utilised the Motorola 68030 CPU. Both utilised the latest kickstarts 3.0/3.1 respectively.

The biggest addition to the A4000 over the Amiga 3000 is the Advanced Graphics Architecture (AGA) chipset. This delivered more capable graphical abilities in terms of available palette, on-screen colours and sprite capacity.

Like the other Amiga personal computers, it is a very expandable machine with multiple slots accommodating a range of peripherals. The system was again aimed at high-end users and professionals.

This was the last high-end Amiga personal computer, the final Amiga branded machine arrived in 1993 in the form of the CD32.

How to Emulate this system?

Amiga 4000 emulation is reasonably well catered for, so it is not that hard to find a good Amiga 4000 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 4000. 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 4000 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 4000 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 4000 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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