Amstrad GX4000

Released well into the 16-bit era, the GX4000 hit shops in 1990. The GX4000 is largely based on the Amstrad CPC hardware but with some minor updates to it’s graphical powers.

Article Contents

  1. System Overview
  2. Amstrad GX4000 Accessories / Peripherals
  3. Where to find the Amstrad GX4000 for Sale
  4. Recommended Amstrad GX4000 Games
  5. Best Amstrad GX4000 Emulators
  6. Raspberry Pi Amstrad GX4000 Emulation

System Overview

Designed to help Amstrad enter the console market, very much in the same vein that Commodore would try to several months after the GX4000 release. The system did not include a keyboard, tape or disk drive. Instead, the CPC based internals are squeezed inside a relatively compact casing which accepts only cartridges.

Reviews of the system were not actually that bad. Especially as it launched many years after the likes of the Amiga and Atari ST had been around. Never intending to compete with 16-bit systems, the systems low price point helped its case too. But the likes of Sega & Nintendo had pretty much wrapped up the market by this point, so Amstrad was really up against it!

The system experienced exactly what the C64GS did, in that its games were largely ports of existing CPC games. Users could simply not justify paying 3-4 times the price of a cassette-based game, just to play it on the system with improved load times.

Selling an estimate c. 15,000 units, the Amstrad GX4000 is more of a cult system these days. It is attractive to collectors seeking to obtain complete collections as there were only 27 games released for the system.

Amstrad GX4000
The Amstrad GX4000


Aside from the official GX4000 controllers, there were no other official peripherals for the Amstrad GX4000. However many Amstrad CPC peripherals such as standard 9 pin D-connector joysticks and monitors will work with the system.


Check out some of the GX4000 ebay listings below, it is a great system to collect for with there only being 27 games officially produced!


With a limited number of games ever produced for the GX4000, it really is slim pickings in terms of great games. Fortunately, there are a few standout titles which come recommended. These include; Pang, Robocop 2, Burnin’ Rubber & Navy Seals.

Raspberry Pi Amstrad GX4000 Emulator

The Raspberry Pi is a compact single board computer which has become very popular for emulating retro computers and consoles. You can buy the Pi very cheaply and has a whole community supporting and building accessories and applications that are compatible with.

Significantly, for Retro Gaming enthusiasts, the Raspberry Pi offers fantastic all round emulation of many systems. It offers the ability to play Amstrad GX4000 games on HDTVs via HDMI or older CRT TVs via composite outputs. Combining the Raspberry Pi with Retropie, you have a device capable of emulating anything from the Atari 2600 to the Sony PlayStation.

Check out the different Raspberry Pi packages you can pick up on Amazon using the button below.

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