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The GX4000 was a rather odd little console built around Amstrad’s CPC line of home computers. With Nintendo and Sega struggling to establish their consoles in the UK with their huge back catalogue of high quality games, the omens never looked good for Amstrad who could only hope to offer dodgy conversions and rather uninspired arcade clones.

In fact, unfortunate GX4000 owners would have felt lucky if they ever had that much, with only a dismal selection of games to choose from. The machine became such a joke that Game Zone magazine claimed to give authors of the ‘crap letter of the month’ a GX4000. Still, at least it was better than the Commodore 64GS.

The Games

Most games were cartridge-based versions of existing CPC titles. As for original GX4000 games, I only remember Burnin’ Rubber. Help, anyone?

People

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Thanks

Big thanks to Jake.

Major events

1990
Launch price: £99

Emulators

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Features

8-bit CPU
Stereo sound
4096 colour palette
Built-in SCART for a higher-quality TV picture