posted by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th May 2009 23:20 UTC
IconKorean company GamePark Holdings have finally released the GP2x Wiz portable games console, the successor to the popular, but abruptly end-of-life'd, GP2x. What makes these portable devices special is that they run Linux, and are more or less aimed at the enthusiast and homebrew markets.

Specification-wise, the GP2x Wiz packs a serious punch. Taken directly from Wikipedia (as that's the most complete list I could find):

  • Chipset: MagicEyes Pollux System-on-a-Chip
  • CPU: 533MHz ARM9 3D Accelerator
  • NAND Flash Memory: 1 GB
  • RAM: SDRAM 64 MB
  • Operating System: GNU/Linux-based OS
  • Storage: SD Card (with SDHC support)
  • Connection to PC: USB 2.0 High Speed
  • USB Host: USB 2.0
  • Power: Internal 2000mAh Lithium Polymer Battery (approx. 7 hours game/video playback)
  • Display: 320×240 2.8 inch AMOLED Touch Screen
  • Microphone Input
  • Physical size: 121 mm wide, 61 mm high, 18 mm deep
  • Weight: 98 g (without battery), 136 g (with battery)
  • 3D Acceleration and TV Out
  • Chipset supports OpenGL ES 1.1
  • 133M Texel/sec, 1.33M Polygon/sec.
  • It comes with lots of audio and video codecs built-in, as well as an implementation of Flash 8. However, the real potential for this device - from my perspective, at least - is its ability to run several emulators. This means you can have lots of amazingly good games, all in your pocket. For me, that would mean SNES games, but the possibilities are endless.

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