Sorgelig wrote:I think the big hit to FPGA boards (ant ot MiST of course) came from Raspberry Pi. The cost of RPi is just a fraction of custom FPGA board and it can do much more than FPGA does.
Some knowledgeable guy will see the differences between FPGA and ARM, but for generic user who makes the sales is unaware and buy what is cheaper. Just insert the microSD and you get emulators of almost all retro systems with almost no difference from originals while FPGA is far behind in terms of universality.
Even Nintendo jumped to ARM platform for their mini replicas while before ASICs used for that.
You can't beat the Pi in terms of pricing and flexibility, but the Raspberry Pi 3 is actually the reason I bought the MiST. I just wasn't satisfied with the emulation, especially for the Amiga. The version of UAE it uses is quite old, and there was some stuttering and latency, depending on the game. While it was nice to have a dedicated emulation box, I always felt that if I was going to use software emulation anyway, might as well run WinUAE on my desktop system which is much, much faster, smoother and feature rich.
Of course the MiST is more limited (no RTG, limited performance etc.) but it feels more "genuine" and closer to the A1200 I used in the 90's which I was trying to re-create in the first place. I'm also very happy with the C64 core, which has seen some development recently. Sometimes, less is more, especially when you're dealing with retro systems.
Of course it would have been nice with a faster core (68060+ speeds), higher resolutions etc. to re-create some kind of "dream Amiga" of the 90's, but mainly I'm just hoping someone will keep developing the cores, porting over improvements from other boards etc. There are still some minor compatibility issues in most cores, and fixing those doesn't require a new FPGA or board, just a talented VHDL developer who has the time and motivation to carry on.