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 PERIPHERALS & ACCESSORIES
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.
WHERE TO BUY THE AMSTRAD GX4000
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!
BEST Amstrad GX4000 GAMES
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.
How to Emulate this system?
Amstrad GX4000 emulation is reasonably well catered for, we recommend taking a look at RetroArch if you are seeking an all in one solution. RetroArch emulates a large number of systems including the Amstrad GX4000. RetroArch is a front end that utilises emulator ‘cores’, it is reasonably easy to use and has lots of good supporting documentation on how to use it. RetroArch is available across a number of platforms including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi and many consoles. Take a look at our quick start guide for RetroArch which can get you up and running in 5 minutes.
Also, check out the other Amstrad GX4000 emulators we enjoy using.
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Amstrad GX4000 emulation using a Raspberry Pi
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.
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