Released shortly after the Amiga 500 Plus, the Amiga 600 has always been a bit misunderstood. Intended to be launched as an affordable, entry-level Amiga called the Amiga 300. Instead, the Amiga 600 ended up being launched as a more expensive to produce machine than the Amiga 500 Plus. This was a disaster since the specification of the Amiga 600 was virtually on par with the A500+. In average consumer terms, the A600 was just more of the same for more money!
It was not all bad for the A600. Whilst not deal breakers, the Amiga 600 benefited from the addition of a PCMCIA slot and IDE Hard Drive compatibility. This brought the system a little more up to date and allowed more compact peripherals to be added.
The A600 shipped with the standard Motorola 68000 processor, 1mb of RAM as well as utilising the Enhanced Chip Set.
Manufactured until 1993, the A600 was succeeded by the superior Amiga 1200.
How to Emulate this system?
Amiga 600 emulation is reasonably well catered for, so it is not that hard to find a good Amiga 600 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 600. 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 600 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 600 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.