View Full Version : Who would like a PPC Amiga?

Stephen Coates
18th December 2006, 23:27
Who would like a PPC amiga?

I would, but I think they are a little too expensive at the moment.

19th December 2006, 00:01
Ever since the first PPC accelerator cards came out for the A1200 and A4000 I've wanted one. Sadly the price has always been the reason I've never actually bought one.

I voted for a classic Amiga with a PPC upgrade. This is because it offers the best compatibility with the PPC software I would want to run. There were later games and demos released that required a PPC CPU and I would love to be able to run them. It would also mean all native 68K Amiga software would also still be available.

Going for a AmigaOne or an OS4 compatible system would mean the lose of all legacy Amiga support other than via emulation. This would also mean most of the PPC demos and games released late in the classic Amiga's life would not run, and this is something that would be important to me.

A PPC only system running OS4 would be great to own, but it is sadly limited by the lack of proper development. It would therefore not be a good investment. If I had spare cash to just buy one and not worry then I might, but as of now I don't and I would not be able to justify the expense for the lack of return or use I would get from the system compared to a classic Amiga or a modern PC.

Demon Cleaner
19th December 2006, 14:15
I would find it nice to have one, but I really don't have an utilization for it, and I'm pretty sure, that I'll never get one, so I voted for NO on this one.

I'm really thinking of getting a C-One, but also no real utilization for it too, but I'm tempted to get one.

19th December 2006, 15:24
In the same camp as Demon here. It would be cool to have one, but I don't have any actual use for one (or room for that matter). If I could obtain one for a cost I wouldn't mind, then I probably would.

19th December 2006, 18:34
Don't want to pay hundreds of pounds to buy one on ebay.
But if I could get a brand new PPC for my 1200, that would be great.
Supposedly the Shark will be out when OS 4.0 is released.
Wont hold my breath though.

21st December 2006, 11:46
I don't really know what I'd use one for, so I had to choose "no" as well.

In fact, I don't really know much about PPC Amigas at all.

Stephen Coates
21st December 2006, 21:23
Don't want to pay hundreds of pounds to buy one on ebay.
But if I could get a brand new PPC for my 1200, that would be great.
Supposedly the Shark will be out when OS 4.0 is released.
Wont hold my breath though.

Do you know muhc about Sharks?

I don;t know much about them but I seem to remember that they use PCI.

21st December 2006, 22:42
My main purpose for getting an Amiga again (other than playing Frontier and Elvira) was for getting back into doing music remixing. On that basis I do not see how a PPC would benefit me, so I answered No as well.

22nd December 2006, 01:26
The only main advantage of a PPC for music on the Amiga is the increased performance with Workbench and much faster access to the file system. Also with a big box Amiga (A2000/3000/4000) or a tower converted A1200 you also have the option of an additional Amiga supported Sound Card.

Stephen Coates
22nd December 2006, 10:35
And you can run OS4...

And all the OS4 PPC software.

22nd December 2006, 11:38
Is OS4 out yet?

22nd December 2006, 12:35
And you can run OS4...

And all the OS4 PPC software.

I've only used and really ever kept up with classic Amiga software, but if you have time Steve would you create a topic in the Amiga Software forum about PPC Amiga software and give a quick rundown of what is available?

I for one would find it interesting to see what is available and it might also give others reasons for wanting a PPC powered Amiga.

Also if you know the key software available, and in development, for OS4 a topic about that would be useful too.

In fact I will create the topics now, so Steve, or anyone else with information can post in them.

22nd December 2006, 12:39
Is OS4 out yet?

AFAIK it is still in beta and STILL not released as a final product.

The official OS4 site can be found at http://os4.hyperion-entertainment.biz/

Stephen Coates
22nd December 2006, 18:37
Hopefully it will be released properly within the near future, although we have been saying that for several years now.

24th December 2006, 05:56
You can have a sound card without PPC.
Some classic software is for PPC only so it's an advantage to have one.
You can have more memory in a Shark than a normal accellerator.
Also faster memory.

27th January 2008, 03:47
I voted no because i left the Amiga scene before all the ppc stuff came along so you don't miss what u never had :)

and besides i am sick to death of playing the keep up with pc's game so much so i've stopped playing anything new, and it would take a real special game to get me intrested again and that does not mean any FPS shooter ever!

the reason i put the bit in about pc's is to show i wanna go BACK if anything not forward!

Graham Humphrey
27th January 2008, 10:32
No because I don't think there's any software for it that really justifies all that money. I'm happy enough with my '040-equipped A1200 and my PC so I don't feel I'm missing out on an awful lot.

27th January 2008, 16:06
Hmmm personally, i am unsure where to vote on this one...

my instincts tell me to vote no, as GH above states theres very little software to run on it.

however my love for linux would see me attempting to right a specific linux distro for the classic amiga + ppc :)

hmmm why didn't they bring out an x86 card.... just one with a mini PCI port on it.... sigh.... if only eh?

27th January 2008, 16:32
I have a PPC and most the times under standard os they are a rip off as WarpUP and PowerUP are enslaved by switching between both processors. I'm currently trying OS4.0 Classic so not had enough time to say if it's any good.