Gamepark GP2X Handheld Plays Thousands of Vintage Games


The $179 Gamepark GP2X is a clever little handheld game console from Korea. What makes it cool? Well, it's an open-source platform based on Linux, designed to encourage homebrew game creation. Someone's already ported a version of the MAME arcade emulator which supports over 1000 vintage games. Other noteable hacks include Commodore 64 / SNES / SEGA Genesis / Atari ST emulators and a credible port of Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe (an open-source game similar to SimCity).

An S-Video TV output cable costs $10 and lets you play games on your big screen at resolutions up to 720 x 480. The handheld itself features dual ARM processors (one core, the other for graphics), 64MB RAM, 64MB flash memory, an SD card slot, USB 2.0, and a 320 x 240 color LCD. It's also capable of playing video in a multitude of formats: MPEG, MPEG4, AVI, DivX, XVid.

Gamepark GP2X Game System (Lik-Sang)
Overview of Homebrew Releases (a long page full of info, also at Lik-Sang)

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