The Amiga 500 Plus launched officially in 1992 as a minor revision to the existing A500. Primarily redesigned for cost savings in the production, the Amiga 500 Plus also benefitted two other key areas.
The first was that the Amiga 500 Plus shipped with 1mb as standard as well as the new kickstart 2.04 and Enhanced Chip Set (ECS). This did cause issues with some games that were designed for the original A500 hardware. This could be resolved by investing in a switching kickstart board so the user could switch back to 1.2/1.3. Alternatively, a cheaper method came later in the form of disk utilities such as Relokick, which provided a software solution to achieve the same thing.
Commodore by this time was on the path towards making bad decision after bad decision. Not long after the release of the A500+, the Amiga 600 launched in March 1992 making the A500+ the shortest lived Amiga. This was a terrible timing since the Amiga 600 essentially replaced the now cost reduced and more profitable Amiga 500+.
How to Emulate this system?
Amiga 500 Plus emulation is reasonably well catered for, so it is not that hard to find a good Amiga 500 Plus 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 500 Plus. 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.
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 500 Plus 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 500 Plus 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.