An all-purpose handheld: the new portable game console and media player GP2X Wiz, by Game Park Holdings not only offers a 2.8 inch OLED display for the first time in handheld gaming history, powered by a 533MHz ARM9 processor with a 3D chip. It also provides a Linux operating system, and thus open doors for all hobby developers.
OLED displays have, in contrast to conventional LCDs, the advantage that they have a very wide viewing angle and thus a good readability from everywhere. Also they feature high contrasts and significantly darker black, brighter white than ordinary LCDs, thus bringing the video game experience and a completely new dimension. Since the pixels are not covered by an darkening LCD layer this technology consumes significantly less power in comparison to conventional LCD screens.
The sleek, glossy finished device fits with its 121/61/18 mm at 136 g perfectly in any pocket and has an internal memory of one gigabyte and a built-in SD card reader for expansion. The preinstalled operating system plays movies in DivX, XviD (MPEG4) format as well as all common audio formats. The designers have not forgotten to include a TV connector adapter cable. Data can be transferred via USB cable or by swapping memory cards.
The big difference to common game consoles like the Nintendo DSi and the Playstation Portable (PSP) is that Game Park Holdings actively supports independent developers, and therefore offer a legal way of home brewing for handhelds. This was quickly accepted by the developers of GLBasic who extended their BASIC development environment to support the GP2X-Wiz console with the latest version.
The famous developer community for the predecessor model GP2X is expected to supply the GP2X-Wiz with great software and many free games in the next month.
After the delay of the sales launch in the last quarter in favour of an intuitive user interface with multiple languages, the GP2X Wiz can be ordered for about 150,- Euro from www.gp2x.de or www.play-asia.com.
Game Park Holdings has announced a wifi dongle for the summer coeval with an online shop where developers can sell their own programs for low cost.