Software available by emulating other computers on the Vampire

Many desirable apps and games were released for other computers but not for the Amiga. Some of these programs can still be made to run on an Amiga, by using specific software that emulates the intended hardware for those programs. Thanks to the unprecedented speed of the Vampire, much of this software runs pretty well, even with the overhead added by the emulation layer. This opens up a whole new world of previously unavailable software to Amiga users.

There are many computers that can be emulated on the Amiga / Vampire, but the most useful ones are detailed below. The included comparison tables highlight the software that has become usable owing to the speed boost of the Vampire, compared to previous state-of-the-art solutions.

68k Macintosh

The 68k Mac can be emulated with an emulator like ShapeShifter. (See the “Tips” section in this page for compatibility considerations for Macintosh emulators.)

Because the Amiga / Vampire already contains the intended CPU (68k), the CPU does not need to be emulated. This drastically reduces the overhead added by the emulation layer. In fact, thanks to the speed of the Vampire, you can run Mac software much faster than the fastest 68k Mac! You can get an incredible experience with many great Mac programs such as the following:

Applications
Netscape Communicator 4
iCab 2
Microsoft Office 4
WordPerfect 3
AppleWorks 5
QuarkXPress 4
Adobe Photoshop 4
Games
Prince of Persia 2
Alone in the Dark Trilogy
Comanche
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0
Star Wars: X-Wing
Star Wars: TIE Fighter
Star Wars: Dark Forces
Star Wars: Rebel Assault I & II
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
Civilization II
Civilization: Call to Power
Heroes of Might and Magic I & II
Warcraft I & II
The Settlers II
SimTower

Please see this page for more details about classic Mac OS emulated on the Vampire.

x86 PC

The x86 PC can be emulated with the PC-Task, PCx or DOSBox emulators. The experience is comparable to running on an early Pentium processor.

For Windows 3.1 apps, you can get even better performance by first emulating a 68k Mac (like described above) and then running SoftWindows 1.0 on top of classic Mac OS. SoftWindows is a PC emulator that is heavily optimized for Windows 3.1.

Available software Fastest alternative 68k accelerator 1) Vampire
Apps intended for 486 CPUs barely usable usable
Games intended for 486 CPUs unplayable playable
Apps intended for Pentium CPUs unusable barely usable
Games intended for Pentium CPUs unplayable barely playable

Please see this page for more details about various PC operating systems emulated on the Vampire.

Atari ST

The Atari ST can be emulated with the Hatari or STonAmiga emulators. The Atari STE can be emulated with the Hatari emulator.

Available software Fastest alternative 68k accelerator 2) Vampire
Atari STE apps barely usable usable
Atari STE games unplayable playable

Acorn Archimedes

The Acorn Archimedes A400 can be emulated with the ArcEm emulator.

Available software Fastest alternative 68k accelerator 3) Vampire
Acorn Archimedes A400 apps barely usable usable
Acorn Archimedes A400 games unplayable playable

Commodore 8-bit

The Commodore 64 can be emulated with the VICE, MagiC64, Frodo or The A64 Package emulators. The Commodore 128, the Commodore PET, the Commodore CBM-II, the Commodore VIC-20, the Commodore Plus/4, the Commodore 16 and the Commodore 116 can be emulated with the VICE emulator.

Atari 8-bit

The Atari 400, the Atari 800, the Atari 800XL and the Atari 130XE can be emulated with the Atari 800 emulator.

Apple II

The Apple II and the Apple IIe can be emulated with the Apple2000e emulator.

ZX Spectrum

The ZX Spectrum 48K can be emulated with the ZX-Live, ASp, ZXAM, Speculator 97 or Speccylator emulators. The ZX Spectrum 128 can be emulated with the ZX-Live, ASp or CBSpeccy emulators. The ZX Spectrum +2 can be emulated with the ASp emulator.

MSX

The MSX and the MSX2 can be emulated with the AmiMSX or fMSX emulators. The MSX2+ and the MSX TurboR can be emulated with the AmiMSX emulator.

Amstrad CPC

The Amstrad CPC464 and the Amstrad CPC664 can be emulated with the A-CPC, EmuCPC or CPE emulators. The Amstrad CPC6128 can be emulated with the A-CPC, EmuCPC, CPE or AMI-CPC emulators. The Amstrad 464plus and the Amstrad 6128plus can be emulated with the A-CPC emulator.

TRS-80

The TRS-80 Model I can be emulated with the AmiTRS80 emulator. The TRS-80 Model III can be emulated with the TRS-80 Model 3 emulator. The TRS-80 Color Computer (Tandy CoCo) 2, the Dragon 32 and the Dragon 64 can be emulated with the DREaM emulator.

BBC Micro

The BBC Micro Model B can be emulated with the ABeeb emulator.

MicroBee

The MicroBee can be emulated with the uBee512 emulator.

Oric

The Oric-1 and the Oric Atmos can be emulated with the Amoric emulator.

ABC 80

The ABC 80 can be emulated with the YAAE emulator.

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A

The Texas Instruments TI-99/4A can be emulated with the TI4Amiga emulator.


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1), 2), 3) Assumed to be a 68060 processor clocked at 75 MHz, which is the fastest 68k-compatible CPU (with the exception of the 68080 on the Vampire).
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