The Amstrad GX4000 was a video game console made by Amstrad. It was released in Europe in 1990 and was Amstrad's first and only attempt to enter the console market. Despite offering enhanced graphics capabilities, it failed to gain popularity in the market. The GX4000 shared similar hardware with Amstrad's CPC Plus computer line.
Why It Flopped
- The main controller was painful to use.
- Only 27 games were produced for the system, most of them being cartridge ports of the original CPC cassette games without any changes, and more expensive than the original CPC ones.
- The system was also outdated at the time it was released, with inferior technology compared to the one of the Sega Mega Drive.
- There were also problems with software manufacturing, with many companies complaining that the duplication process was taking months instead of weeks, leading to little software available at launch, and some games being released late or cancelled entirely.
- The pause button was located on the console instead of the controller.