Linux-based handheld console launches in UK

The GP2X is an open-source portable gaming machine that claims to offer four times more power than the DS.

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GP32/2x Distribution Ltd has announced that the GP2X is now available in the UK. It is the successor to the GP32 handheld, which sold more than 32,000 units. The console features a 240MHz processor, 64MB of RAM, and 64MB of onboard NAND flash memory. It will retail for £124.99 in the UK.

The GP2X can run games, music, and movies, read e-books, and store photos. The distributors claim that the handheld offers "higher quality audio and video playback" than the Sony PSP and it can also be connected directly to a TV set.

There are over 500 games available for the console--most as free downloads through the official Web site and developers are encouraged to work with the open-source system. There are also 10 commercial games in development.

"We have been astonished by the kind messages and feedback from the early GP2X userbase. The speed at which games and software has been released is amazing. Now it is time that the UK public get to see what a powerful and flexible machine the GP2X is," explained Craig Rothwell, director of GP32/2x Distribution Ltd.

Discussion

43 comments
Sabbath_13
Sabbath_13

Had it for a while now, and still love it

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

actually on closer inspection, I take my words of praise back. They've completely lifted the DS button layout, plus the twin Start n Select buttons too. Grrr. Its like a DS meets psp meets PDA. so, DSpDA.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

anything with Linux on gets my interest. to hell with micro$haft, i say !! unfortunately my portable gaming time is taken up with a DS Lite, GB micro and GBA SP NES edition. Sorry GP2X, but best of luck.

G4MER
G4MER

This is very old news.

Zer-0_Divide
Zer-0_Divide

I actually imported one when it first came out and i love it, by far one of the best investments i have ever made.... it shure gets alot of attention whenever i pull it out at school.

timts
timts

so this is the 2nd version in korean handheld GP32 family? It sounds like another gizmundo, a co-worker of mine actually owns one. why do they put those speaker/volume button/select/start buttons on the bottom? hands will cover those up and touch them accidentally! mame? hmm, those ROMs are not really legal.

trylks
trylks

It may be 4 times more powerfull than NDS but it hasn't 802.11 connectivity nor touch screen. A open source handheld should have both. Maybe the next gp will have. Or maybe microsoft will have a handheld with that before.

pwris14
pwris14

This won't fail like the Gizmondo. People said that about the GP32 but it did not fail. It thrived against the more powerful Zodaic infact for many reasons. I have 2 gp32's and 1 gp2x and the problems are exagerrated. Especially battery life. You just need decent rechargables. Also its not ttrying to battle Sony or Nintendo its on a completely different level.

phinsfan
phinsfan

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/gp2x Here, whiners.

gunstarherouk
gunstarherouk

this is ace news i was going to get the original vers but most of the orginal games where not in English ,i think i will go and pick my self one up

broncosfan
broncosfan

One thing some people here might not realize is that 124.99 pounds is nearly $240. I'd rather pick up a DS and some great games and still spend less.

rvinsc
rvinsc

Maybe its been over exagerated.

rickykemp
rickykemp

hmm, im a bit skeptical about this to tell the truth. looks to be anoter gizmondo in the making. not because the console itself is bad, in fact it is a really desirable piece of kit. but the games..... i can find websites with free flash versions, so i dont have to shell out

bryehngeocef
bryehngeocef

Wow guys, I've had a GPX32 for over 6 months. It's the best emulation machine as far as handhelds go.

luke_wj
luke_wj

Very awesome indeed. Even better, look at the price tag! Only 125 pounds. compared to the psp's huge price tag its a damned bargain. Shows that there are such things as designer priced consoles.

smithy1185
smithy1185

I remember looking into an earlier version of this a while ago but read about of lot of problems people were having back then. Sounds like they've improved upon them since then. It will be interesting to see how well this new one fares.

theKSMM
theKSMM

After taking a look at their website, I have to say that this looks interesting. Obviously they are not going for the typical gaming market. People who like to buy a cartridge or disc, insert it and play are still going to be better served by the likes of the GBA, DS, or PSP for their portable gaming. So will those who are primarily interested in cutting-edge AAA titles like . But for those gamers who are into the mod/emulator scenes, this could be big. Currently, most independent programming talent in the gaming world is focused on creating modifications for big titles (mostly on the PC) or hacking hardware to expand its capabilities (XBOX, PS2, PSP, etc). A standard console with the processing and graphical horsepower to run modern games could allow the aforementioned programmers to spend less time hacking their way into an existing system and more time creating playable content. With all the emulators already running on this thing, it already has a library of hundreds of classic, Hall of Fame games available for free. I suspect would-be game developers will only add to that library with more modern games down the line. No, it doesn't sound like it's for everybody, but the possibilities of the device are rather mind-blowing. Smart move using a well-understood (and free) OS like Linux to power the device too.

VelidS
VelidS

AA7, all of those hendheld you mentioned were crap. Gizmondo sold less then 5K units and I believe they closed their operations. GP-2X is different from DS and PSP as its main goal is open source, large user community and emulation, which is forbiden in DS/PSP. (but still done with hacks and moding) GP-32 had many emulators, and ported open source games. Add to this free movie/media player, and couple other nice utilities, and connection to TV (directly) and you'll see that for all of this you have to pay extra to already expensive PSP/DS. I have couple of friends who have one, and I will most likely get one later this summer.

LCY
LCY

Looks very interesting, wonder it will hit the American shores....

AA7
AA7

Not to sound harsh but why even try? The DS and the PSP cannot be conqured by such minor competators. Ever hear of the Tapwave Zodiac, how about the Ngage or maybe the Gizmondo?

a60wattfish
a60wattfish

I've had one of these since christmas, and it rocks. It's already got emulators for NES, SNES, Megadrive, Master System, Game Gear, Game Boy, NeoGeo, Lynx, Spectrum, Amstrad, Amiga, C64, BBC Micro, Atari ST, PC Engine. A PSX emulator is even well on its way. There are even ports of BOCHS, MAME, DosBox, Quake, Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, Transport Tycoon, ScummVM, Beats of Rage and Duke Nukem 3D. There is also a huge catalog of GP2X specific games available. I'm lovin it!

glowingbrakes
glowingbrakes

It's a cool concept. I bet lots of user-made games for this console will be popping up all over the net.

Master_Morex
Master_Morex

The console has been a huge success in Asia for a long time now. In reality it's mainly used for emu gaming, which is always good. Hope they do worldwide shipping!

SNKrock
SNKrock

This has been out for almost a year now. The device is pretty interesting and there are already a few sites that showcase all it's user made content. Google it, not too hard to find. Surprised Gamespot is even covering this, dont they have interns or something they can make push buttons til they all recover from e3? or is this their work...

Zeali
Zeali

Got it and i'm Loving it. All opensource users should have this.

Zeali
Zeali

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TVR_Fan
TVR_Fan

I saw this product on the back of a mag sold in the UK. I read you can play old Amiga games on it.

Disturbance505
Disturbance505

dude this seems cool ppl 10 years ago would be dreaming of this stuff in a desktop now look image what will happen 10 years from now but still its a great idea and a step foward hopefully it will make a release in the us

Valtiel
Valtiel

These are an emulators dream, they are pretty much built to handle most last gen consoles, allthough im not sure how fast they got a PSX running...

Reetesh
Reetesh

Would have it liked it if there were some PICS., The features Sound Cool:D and didnt the PS2 have some 233Mhz Processor or something? or was it GPU? how powerful is it actually? on the GAMES side, and also HOW do the games play and whats the interface type? any Analogue sticks? or something?

stig_wii
stig_wii

TV Connectivity is exactly what the PSP should have had - maybe then UMD movies wouldn't have been such a terrible idea.

Rtisan
Rtisan

Linux based, sounds very interesting and powerful for a hand-held. I like the TV set compatibility,should be awesome.

silverstar1982
silverstar1982

Open Source means the source code(the programming of the software, before it's compiled into the effect you enjoy when playing games) is open to the world to examine, modify and improve. I know a few people who are really interested in the GP2X because of the inherent emulation capabilities of it. Apparently it runs on a beefier version of the GBA processor, meaning it can literally run a 1:1 processor emulation of GBA games, which in turn means no slowdown when running said games(which requires a beefier PC to run, than for an SNES emulator, for example).

wilkinsg
wilkinsg

What does "open source" mean?

DELTAsnake
DELTAsnake

This wont hurt Nintendo at all, but this has got to worry Sony a bit since the PSP's only really popular with fanboys and hackers. THe hackers will no doubt drop the PSP and move to this quickly.

BhindYu
BhindYu

I'm excited by another name coming into the handheld mix, but I'll reserve judgement until I see some games. btw, open source gaming sounds brilliant as long as there is a community to back it up. good luck GP2X

blackdamage
blackdamage

I heard pretty bad things about the battery's life of the old model. This one looks to be better.

masterchan777
masterchan777

i think it won't have strong support from developers , like the support psp or ds has ...

DreamTwister
DreamTwister

Open source gaming...interesting indeed. I wish them luck. Hopefully we'll get to hear more from this project soon.

rijk0214
rijk0214

Interesting, any screens?