Armiga Project: A Modern Alternative To The Commodore Amiga

Armiga-Project-PrototypeAs time goes on some gamers would argue that the classic gaming hardware we grew up with is not only becoming more expensive, but more elusive. As frustrating as this may be, advancements in technology have luckily paved the way for alternative methods of getting nostalgic. With this in mind, Amiga gamers wanting a more modern take on Commodore's computer should look no further than the Armiga.

This newly launched IndieGoGo campaign is hoping to provide Commodore enthusiasts and retro gamers with an authentic as possible experience to the original Amiga with its all-in-one enclosed package. Deep within the Armiga's snazzy case lies a Raspberry Pi emulating an Amiga 500 with 1MB of RAM, equipped with an on-board floppy disk drive - one ready and waiting to accept any game of choice on the dated media.

But why would anyone want an alternative to the original hardware? According to the Armiga Project's IndieGoGo campaign page, the yet to be released system will not only feature everything we know and love about the classic computer, but also a plethora of new features. One of the most appealing on offer is the added bonus of HDMI output - a more reliable method of enjoying pixel perfect gameplay on modern displays.

Software preservationists will also be glad to hear that the system's dual booting setup (also equipped with the latest build of Android) will have tools at the ready to create disk images of original floppies. Emulation fans can look forward to screenshot functionality and the addition of save states too, while the techies amongst us can revel in the possibilities the ethernet port may bring.

As great as this all is, it does, however, come at a cost. The Armiga Project is hoping to somehow raise a massive $140,000 in the next two months, with pledges of $139 securing one of the first systems.

Armiga Project IndieGoGo Trailer

Specs

  • Powerful Dual Core ARM CPU.
  • 2 USB host: Joystick, mouse and keyboard support, as well as pendrives/hdds.
  • SD card slot: Save your ADFs or bring new ones!
  • Ethernet connection: Connect to your network for easy ADF management.
  • HDMI: Digital AV quality on the big screen!.

Features:

  • Full Amiga 500 emulation: The target machine is the iconic Amiga 500 and right now 90% of the disks are running!
  • Boot to Android: Armiga supports Dual Boot and comes loaded with Android 4.2.2, so when you're not playing you can have all the power of Android!.
  • Automatic disk load: Like in the original Amiga; insert the disk and off you go!.
  • Disk dump: Create ADF images of your favorite games and keep them safe on the SD.
  • ADF support: Bring your own ADF images on a pendrive or SD card and enjoy!
  • Disk swap: Just insert the disk and it will be dumped. When time comes to change disks, just select the right ADF. Ain't it easy?.
  • FTP server: No need to take the SD off to manage the ADFs; just do it from your computer!.
  • Graphical menu: Simple and elegant, with usability as main focus.
  • Game save: Save your game and resume later.
  • Autosave: Forgot to save?. We do it for you!
  • Screenshot: Wanna share your joy?. Give our screenshot feature a try.

Link: Armiga Project on IndieGoGo


Last Updated ( 28 March 2014 )  

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