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The GX4000 was an 8-bit video game console introduced by Amstrad in 1990. The console's specifications were compatible with the CPC 464plus and 6128plus, and theoretically competitive with the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Master System (which were gaining popularity in Europe around this time), though not with the already emerging 16-bit consoles.
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However, the GX4000 only played games from ROM cartridges, and only post-1990 CPCs had a cartridge slot. Most of the games released for the system were ports of games developed for the older CPC hardware, sometimes enhanced but sometimes not.

The console flopped and was discontinued within a year.


Specifications:

Processors

  • CPU: Zilog Z80, 4 Mhz.
  • GPU: Combination of a Motorola 6845 and a custom gate array.
  • Sound: General Instrument AY-3-8912.

Memory

  • 64K.

Display

  • 160*200, 320*200, or 640*200 resolution.
  • 32 out of 4096 colors.

Sound

  • Three channels.
  • Square or noise waveforms.

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Games on cartridge:

  • Barbarian II: The Dungeons of Drax
  • Batman: The Movie
  • Burnin' Rubber
  • Chase HQ II: Special Criminal Investigation
  • Copter 271
  • Crazy Cars 2
  • Dick Tracy
  • Enforcer
  • Fire & Forget
  • Gazza 2
  • Klax
  • Mystical
  • Navy SEALs
  • No Exit
  • Operation Thunderbolt
  • Pang
  • Panza Kick Boxing
  • Plotting
  • Pro Tennis Tour
  • RoboCop 2
  • Skeet Shoot
  • Super Pinball Magic
  • Switch Blade
  • Tennis Cup 2
  • Tintin on the Moon
  • Wild Streets
  • World Sports

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