Fans of last-century home machines will undoubtedly be pleased to hear that another of the legendary machine types of the era will soon return in modern form. Retro Games has announced that it will keep its previous promise and release a quasi-refurbished mini version of the Commodore Amiga 500.
The company is the same company that previously released a first mini-version of the Commodore 64 and later a full-size modernized version. The new edition of the Amiga 500 can be expected to have a similar machine, smaller than the original machine, still emulate it perfectly, and is designed to connect to modern hardware.
The “THE A500 Mini” is planned to run software not only for the Amiga 500 but also for the Amiga 600 and 1200, including those that take advantage of the capabilities of the latter’s enhanced AGA chip. However, from these, it will already generate the image on the HDMI output, in 720p resolution, and will operate in 50 Hz and 60 Hz modes.
Although it will have its keyboard, like the C64 Mini, it will be an ornament, and the keys can’t be pressed. At the same time, the emulator running on it will be able to display a virtual keyboard that can be operated with the mouse or controller added to the machine. Of course, it will be possible to connect a keyboard that works via USB.
The A500 Mini will come with 25 classic Amiga games as standard, but you can also download any other games and programs via USB. As with previous retro consoles, game positions can be saved and loaded here even if the game itself does not support it.
There is no exact release date and expected price yet, but realistically it is only worth anticipating a 2022 release.