‘C4CPC’ Flash Cartridge For Amstrad CPC464 Plus / 6128 Plus / GX4000 Now Available

C4CPC GX4000 2While both ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 owners have enjoyed the benefits of modern devices to boot classics into memory, Amstrad fans on the other hand have had to make do with makeshift solutions to flash cartridges. That’s all about to change though following the release of an all new flash cartridge dubbed the C4CPC.

Prior to this fantastic news, the only way to load games into the Amstrad’s memory from removable media was through the HxC2001 device - an add-on for a wide range of systems which mimics a floppy disk drive. Although fantastic in its own right and a solid solution, these devices behave almost identically to their mechanical counterparts which unfortunately means slow loading times too.

The reason behind this lack of devices until now if we’re not mistaken is down to Amstrad’s strict and difficult cartridge protection chip known as ACID (Amstrad Cartridge Identification Device). This protective chip which was present on all of the Amstrad GX4000 game carts made any efforts towards producing a flash cartridge for the system unfortunately difficult. Nevertheless, and as you’d expect from the retro gaming scene, the chip has since been decrypted and made devices such as the C4CPC possible.

Equipped with both a microSD card slot and USB port for loading games, the C4CPC slots into either a GX4000, CPC464 Plus, or 6128 Plus systems as if it was a standard game cartridge. Coming with its own file browser built in, the C4CPC allows you to jump through the game ROMs you’ve placed onto SD card and load one into memory with the press of a button.

Priced up at 60 Euros for the C4CPC cartridge, those interested need to get in touch with the device’s creator Gerald at the CPCWiki forums. The initial batch of C4CPC units is currently claimed, with another batch expected to arrive sometime around June.

C4CPC Amstrad Flash Cartridge In Action

Link: C4CPC Amstrad Flash Cartridge Details

Link: C4CPC Development Thread at CPCWiki

Source: RetroManiac


Last Updated ( 15 April 2015 )  

Cauterize

Better known as Adam offline, Cauterize is one of RetroCollect's final bosses with an unhealthy addiction to pixels. When he's not out searching the web for the latest retro gaming news or creating content for RetroCollect, he'll will most likely be found working on his Sensible Soccer skills.

Other recent articles:

Comments 

(Link to this comment) Lorfarius 2015-04-16 11:49
Now this is excellent news! Was looking at picking one up recently but with the crazy prices carts go for it put me off.
(Link to this comment) Marsmite 2015-04-25 22:25
Hmm. Needs a shell. Can you put it in a plastic shell from a real game?
Banner
Banner

Retro Game Database Search

Retro Gaming Podcast

Join the RetroCollect Squad as they discuss our gaming past in the all new RetroCollect FM - Retro Gaming Podcast.


Retro Gamers Online

Retro Games on eBay now



About RetroCollect

RetroCollect is your one stop for everything retro games and retro gaming. Featuring the latest classic gaming news around, informative reviews and an ever active forum, you'll feel right at home with other retro gamers.

RetroCollect FM - Retro Gaming Podcast

Join the RetroCollect Squad as they talk their way through the wonderful world of retro gaming.

Listen to RetroCollect FM - Retro Gaming Podcast

Join RetroCollect on the web