hyoenmadan wrote on 2021-09-21, 20:01:
Truly the Amiga hobby is an expensive one 😀. Ofc... Unless you go all emulation.
Yes, it truly is - for the last 25 years or so.
The only exception, I think, is the A500 here, which was/is as common as the original Game Boy.
Unfortunately, to my experience, the Amiga community is obsessed with upgrading beyond recognition.
Thus, only a few modern programs will run on unmodified Amigas from the 1980s:
68000/68010* CPU, Kick 1.2/1.3, WB 1.2/1.3, OCS graphics
Recently written programs thus require 68k accelerators, Kick Start 2.x/3.x etc.
To be fair, though, the Atari ST community is not much better.
The later programs require STE models, TT models or the ultra rare Atari Falcon. 🙄
Well, at least they got a free, open TOS clone (EmuTOS). The Amiga OS is still proprietary.
(*68010 was a common upgrade, like V20/V30 on PCs. 68010 is useful for WHDLoad, too)
Edit: Memory upgrades are excepted, they happen on all platforms, as time wents on.
Even on the old C64, people needed such upgrades (REUs like geoRAM, Pagefox cassette etc).
But memory upgrades don't change the personality of a computer, so it's no loss.
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