Amstrad GX4000 (1990 – 1991)

The Amstrad GX4000 was a video game console released in Europe by Amstrad in 1990, and was their first and last attempt to enter the video game market.

It was based on Amstrad’s CPC computer system, and shared hardware architecture with the CPC Plus, which was released at the same time, allowing the GX4000 to share most software with the CPC Plus.

The racing game Burnin’ Rubber, a power pack, and two controllers were bundled with the machine, which cost £99.99 in the UK. Initial reviews were favourable, and it was competively priced. In all, 27 games were produced and distributed for the GX4000, the majority made by UK and French-based companies such as Ocean, Titus, and Loriciels.

The GX4000 was a commercial failure, partly due to the lack of games and the lack of marketing power to compete with the likes of Nintendo and Sega, and was quickly discontinued having sold just 15,000 units.

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