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Amstrad GX4000

One of only two home consoles to originate from the UK, the other being the BBC bridge companion.The GX4000 was Amstrad's short-lived attempt to enter the games console market. The machine was released in Europe in 1990. The GX4000 was actually a modified CPC 6128 Plus computer.

Initial reviews were favourable, the console had impressive enhanced graphics, a huge colour palette of 4096 (more than the 16 bit Sega Mega Drive), hardware sprites and hardware scrolling. It retailed for £99 and came bundled with driving game Burnin' Rubber.

Unfortunately, the console was not a success, it arrived late and with little software support, the games that did make it out were usually little enhanced CPC software, very soon the machine was being sold for as little as £29.99, it was simply outgunned by Sega and Nintendo, who were both moving into 16 bit technology, and already had huge success with their 8 bit systems.

The machine is very collectable today, with the rarer games fetching high prices on auction sites.

CPU: 8-bit Zilog Z80A at 4 MHz
Graphics: 16 sprites
Resolution: from 160x200 to 640x200
4096 colour palette - 32 onscreen
Memory: 64 kB RAM, 16 kB VRam, 32 kB ROM
I/O: Audio output, 2 x digital controller connectors, Analog controller port (IBM standard), Light gun connector (RJ11 socket), Audio & RGB video output (8 pin DIN), Scart connector (audio & video), power supply socket from external PSU, power supply socket from monitor.
Sound: 3 channel stereo; AY-3-8912 chip
Game Format: cartridge

Manufacturer: Amstrad
Date: 1990

Other Systems Related To Amstrad GX4000:

Item Manufacturer Date
Amstrad CPC 464 Plus Amstrad 1984
Amstrad CPC 464 Amstrad 1984
Amstrad CPC 464 PPC MP1 Boxed System Amstrad June 1984
Amstrad CPC 664 Amstrad 1985
Amstrad CPC 6128 Amstrad July 1985
Amstrad PCW 8256 Amstrad September 1985
Amstrad PCW 8512 Amstrad November 1985
Amstrad PC1512 DD Amstrad 1986
Amstrad PC1640 DD Amstrad 1986
Amstrad PC1640 HD20 Amstrad 1986
Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2A Amstrad 1987
Amstrad PCW 9512 Amstrad 1987
Amstrad PCW 9512 Amstrad 1987
Amstrad PCW 9512+ Amstrad 1987
Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2A Action Pack Amstrad 1987
Amstrad PC2086 S Amstrad 1988
Amstrad ALT-386SX Laptop Computer Amstrad 1988
Amstrad PPC 640D Amstrad 1988
Amstrad PC2086/30 Amstrad 1988
Amstrad PC1640 HD30 Amstrad 1988
Amstrad PPC 512D Amstrad 1988
Sinclair ZX Spectrum +2B Amstrad 1989
Amstrad PC2286/40 Amstrad October 1989
Amstrad PCW 9256 Amstrad 1990
Amstrad ALT-286 Laptop Computer Amstrad 1990
Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus Amstrad 1990
Amstrad ACL-386SX120 Laptop Amstrad 1991
Amstrad PC4386SX Computer Amstrad 1991
Amstrad ANB-386SX40 Amstrad September 1991
Amstrad 7286 HD40 Amstrad 1993
Amstrad Mega PC 386SX Amstrad 1993

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH39590. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 
Amstrad GX4000


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