Recent GP2X Posts

October 17, 2006

GP2X Sells 30,000 Units

GameSpot is running a Q&A with Craig Rothwell, Director of GP32/2x Distribution. It is a real shame that the GP2X has not seen more mainstream press.

This is great news for the GP2X community and GamePark Holdings. More people should buy a GP2X, I say.

August 14, 2006

Gp2xtra #01 - Gp2x Mag

Three reviews and two articles in this 16 page PDF. Not bad for the first issue, plus it is free.

June 5, 2006

GP2X Mark II Review

Craig has a review up of the GP2X Mark II unit, the one shipping now. It has a different screen (some say it is better, others say worse) and a new joystick cap that is actually usable. That's quite handy, and would save you from buying one to actually be able to pull of fireball and dragon punches, for example.

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May 9, 2006

GP2X: Alexkidd2x 0.2 Released

I forgot to mention that 0.1 was released a few days ago. Even that was an amazing feat. Alexkidd2x is a Master System/Game Gear emulator for the GP2X. There is another SMS/GG emu out, but this one works much better. Get the zip file strait from the author's site. I find that setting the frame skip to zero is the best, otherwise the game runs a bit fast. Thanks to Puck for such a nice emu.

The new features are:

  • Code completely rewritten from SDL to Rlyeh Minilib obtaining a 15% of speed increase (Alex Kidd in Miracle World runs almost 100% at 166 Mhz).
  • Sound improvements, now runs at 44100 Hz and sounds "clearly."
  • Added volume control.
  • Added optional FPS board.
  • Increased speed in ROM selector.
  • Added personalized game configuration (it is saved automatically when launched).
  • Saved cursor position on ROMs selector so you don't have to start from the beginning when selecting a new ROM.
  • Added option to delete ROMs from the selector.
  • Fixed some minor bugs.

May 2, 2006

GP2X 2.0.0 Firmware Update

If you have a GP2X, you should go download the firmware. But let me give you some advice, because the instructions are not that clear.

When it says push START and SELECT at the same time as you power the unit on, do not let go of START and SELECT. Keep them pressed throughout the entire update process!

If you fail to do this, it will perform part one of the install (sort of) and just sit at the Loading screen for ever. I pretty much thought I had bricked my GP2X. But it all works fine now.

Great instructions guys. Really. Quite clear.

I will be writing an article for BC about this, as the upgrades are immense, such as: faster booting time, less battery consumption, a new web server, FTP server, Samba Server and Telnet Login among various bugfixes.

It also has a cute little startup chime. I reinstalled the firmware and replaced the WAV with a sound I like (Mac starup chime). Fun stuff.

UPDATE: You do not need to keep the two buttons held down, you just need to turn off the device after the first part finishes, hold down the two buttons again, start the unit, and it finishes the install of the 2.0.0 firmware. Yea, convoluted, isn't it.

April 19, 2006

BCRadio for April 17th

This marks my second attempt at contributing to a podcast. In this week's BCRadio I review the GP2X and leave Josh really wanting one.

I think I have improved by leaps and bounds, and I do not need to go cower in the corner. It, umm, could still be better. But hey this is a fun learning experience. You can catch my full review of the GP2X as well, as there is just too much to discuss to fit in a short podcast segment.

I like this little gadget so much that I plan on writing another GP2X piece just on software. I am also keeping an eye on the XGP and XGP Mini, two handhelds coming from GamePark that have specs just as impressive as GamePark Holdings' GP2X.

April 17, 2006

Console Review: GP2X

The GP2X is a Korean-made, Linux-based handheld that shares many features with the PSP. In some cases, the GP2X dances circles around the PSP. But the GP2X is not for everyone. It is not the most accessible handheld, it takes some tinkering to get things working the way you want.

The history of the GP2X is convoluted to say the least. GamePark, a Korean company, released the GP32 in 2001. The company split because of "differences in philosophy," and thus GamePark Holdings was created.

GamePark is planning on going toe-to-toe with Sony and Nintendo with the release of the XGP and XGP Mini, set to launch this year. GamePark Holdings, with the original GP32 design team, released the GP2X to keep with the goals of the GP32 audience.

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April 15, 2006

Blogcritics 'GP2X' Podcast Segment Recorded

I just got done recording the GP2X podcast segment for Blogcritics. That will go up Monday I believe. I will have a link to it then for sure.

This one went much better. And I am glad too, as I think I will be assisting with a podcast for Digital Press later today. That will be more than two people talking, so it might get a little choppy. We will see.

At any rate, I plan to talk about the GP2X on that one as well. We have a number of things we plan to talk about. I guess you will just have to listen to see what those might be.

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