GP2X Handheld

2005-09-20 12:33

If I was a bigger gamer and/or had a little bit more disposable income I would seriously consider ordering a GP2X handheld as quickly as possible.

It can play games. It can play your Movies. It can play your music. It can view photos. It can read Ebooks. It runs on just 2 AA batteries — And it can do all this in the palm of your hand or on your TV screen. Yes that’s right, this handheld can connect to the TV, console style. Watch your DivX movies on the TV. Play emulated classics on the TV. Try big screen Quake. Or just play them all on the GP2Xs large 320*240 backlit screen. You get the best of both worlds. It runs the free Linux operating system. This means a whole world of Games, Utilities and Emulators are at your disposal. Quake, Doom, SNES, Megadrive, MAME, Media players and Applications to name just a few.

I wish the screen was a little higher resolution or at least had a wide screen aspect resolution, but the price point ($190 U.S. here), flexibility and openness of the device is very appealing. It doesn’t have wireless support out of the box, but since it does support usb 2.0 so it shouldn’t take long for someone to come up with a way to hook up some kind of usb networking device (wireless or otherwise). It’s also pretty awesome that it runs off two AA batteries as well.

I wonder if I could get work to buy one for me since it has a lot of potential as a souped up PDA as well?