A new Amiga in 2019? Looks like it!

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I'm a huge Amiga fan. Always have been, always will. From my A500 to the A1200 with a kick-ass accelerator, it's safe to say that this is my favorite computer of all time. So, what gives? Well, it looks like those amazing people who created the Vampire series of accelerators have gone and done it again with the Vampire 4.

https://hothardware.com/news/commodore-amiga-reborn-as-vampire-v4-boots

This does two amazing things.

1 - It's an accelerator for your A500, A600, A1000 and A2000 (with A1200 to follow)
2 - It's a standalone Amiga that plugs into HDMI and so forth, with a Motorola 68080 CPU

OK, so it won't replace the PC and current consoles etc, but for enthusiasts (like me and others), it's a big deal and yup, I cannot wait to get my hands on one! :)
 
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COOL SOMEONE ELSE LIKES AMIGAAHHHHHHHH

Yeah i know of this project for a long time, the standalone version is like the size of a Raspberry Pi but basically an expanded Amiga. It runs on an Cyclone FPGA, and Apollo has implemented a softcore to enable a new CPU and SAGA graphics.

Purists will say its not a real Amiga, and they are right in the sense that Vampire V4 does not use a geniune 68k based CPU core. But the softcore in the Vampire is very much 68k compatible, plus, original parts are getting more and more expensive. People are making new CPU/accelerator cards more and more with overstock/left over CPU's or sometimes even ARM processors.

Vampire V4 Standalone is an Amiga i would want to have. Its small, it might not be completely original in the sense of parts, but it provides far more oomph than a top end classic Ami could, and its still 68k classic Amiga compatible.
 
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Sounds dope. I grew up on an Amiga500 with a buttload of games. But I can emulate them all on my computer and see no need to buy another piece of electronics to clutter up my room. Still interested to read what this is about though.
 
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COOL SOMEONE ELSE LIKES AMIGAAHHHHHHHH

Yeah i know of this project for a long time, the standalone version is like the size of a Raspberry Pi but basically an expanded Amiga. It runs on an Cyclone FPGA, and Apollo has implemented a softcore to enable a new CPU and SAGA graphics.

Purists will say its not a real Amiga, and they are right in the sense that Vampire V4 does not use a geniune 68k based CPU core. But the softcore in the Vampire is very much 68k compatible, plus, original parts are getting more and more expensive. People are making new CPU/accelerator cards more and more with overstock/left over CPU's or sometimes even ARM processors.

Vampire V4 Standalone is an Amiga i would want to have. Its small, it might not be completely original in the sense of parts, but it provides far more oomph than a top end classic Ami could, and its still 68k classic Amiga compatible.
I agree 100%. Sure, it's not a completely new Amiga, but it's close enough and will run better than WinUAE for example. But yeah, I can't wait to get my hands on one :)
 
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For that money I want more than 2gb RAM!
Just like the old days, you can do here with 2 gb things Windows 10 would require 8 gb! But since they have their own proprietary technology infrastructure and do not have mass market appeal, price will be steep
 
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Just like the old days, you can do here with 2 gb things Windows 10 would require 8 gb! But since they have their own proprietary technology infrastructure and do not have mass market appeal, price will be steep
Oh absolutely I get that - hell my little Atari 520STFM (sorry to bring an ST to an Amiga thread) with a poxy 0.5MB RAM was an amazing music machine, desktop publisher, word processor and of course gaming machine so I know the efficiency that comes from the pared-back OSs and architecture on these older machines. The tricky bit is that in a world of marketing bullshit they'll struggle to sell something like that outside of the hardcore of enthusiasts.
 
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Oh absolutely I get that - hell my little Atari 520STFM (sorry to bring an ST to an Amiga thread) with a poxy 0.5MB RAM was an amazing music machine, desktop publisher, word processor and of course gaming machine so I know the efficiency that comes from the pared-back OSs and architecture on these older machines. The tricky bit is that in a world of marketing bullshit they'll struggle to sell something like that outside of the hardcore of enthusiasts.
Absolutely agree. It’s way too overpriced.

No worries on bringing in the ST to an Amiga discussion :) There’s a Star Trek game on the ST that never came to the Amiga and I was always so jealous. It was really awesome.
 
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Absolutely agree. It’s way too overpriced.

No worries on bringing in the ST to an Amiga discussion :) There’s a Star Trek game on the ST that never came to the Amiga and I was always so jealous. It was really awesome.
Atari ST is better than puny Amiga. :p :p :p
 
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I'd be all over this if it were not for the price.

I'd love to keep using the original hardware, but WinUAE has made everything so much simpler.
WinUAE really is an absolute joy isn't it. That and Steem have allowed me to keep on enjoying the absolute classics from my childhood and damn they hold up well today. Retro gaming is the best gaming.
 
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WinUAE really is an absolute joy isn't it. That and Steem have allowed me to keep on enjoying the absolute classics from my childhood and damn they hold up well today. Retro gaming is the best gaming.
Unfortunately WinUAE is not good at decrypting some cracked games. Eg I wanted to play a favorite childhood game, Mike the Magic Dragon, but protection by Kingsoft can only be cracked when played on a real Amiga. On WinUAE game restarts at the first level if you collect all items. WinUAE author does not have the time to test each and every cracked game.
 
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Well, this is clearly for _serious_ fans rather than making any sense in terms of price/power, and it's even worse when you take the poor software availability into account.

Can't help but to think it's awesome though, and I kind of want one. It's like a tech unicorn, it shouldn't exist in todays market, yet here it is!
 
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Unfortunately WinUAE is not good at decrypting some cracked games. Eg I wanted to play a favorite childhood game, Mike the Magic Dragon, but protection by Kingsoft can only be cracked when played on a real Amiga. On WinUAE game restarts at the first level if you collect all items. WinUAE author does not have the time to test each and every cracked game.
Didn't know about that tbh, I've never found anything I couldn't run so that's a surprise.