Korean 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: 320Ã—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.
That’s a very neat little platform. I still have the original F100 (w/o touchscreen and 3d chip). And the fact that it’s able to emulate PSX is pretty impressive.
Now that the Wiz has a 3D chip, PSX emulator might be getting to full-speed emulation.
This looks great, but I am looking forward to the Open Pandora, which has a faster ARM cpu, dual SD card slots, and a thumb-sized keyboard. It runs Quake III at full speed.
And another one that’s been out several months…the dingoo A320 (~$83 at dealextreme). Apparently they copied the DSlite’s controls…be interesting to hear more about how well people like/dislike the wiz’s controls.
Rumours about an a380 for $100 that has an analog nub…