Six days ‘til GP2X gamer hits UK

The GP2X has been bandying around Europe for several months already, and finally it’s about to hit UK shores. Not before time either.Rather predictabl

The GP2X has been bandying around Europe for several months already, and finally it’s about to hit UK shores. Not before time either.

Rather predictably for a new pretender to the handheld gaming throne, the GamePark GP2X will play games, movies and music, view photos and read eBooks. But its choice of operating system is relatively exotic.

Unlike existing handheld monarchs such as the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS Lite, the GP2X runs on the free Linux operating system so all and sundry can fashion games for it.

This means that, once installed, you’ll have access to more than 500 games - Quake, Doom, and Duke Nukem are on the menu - from classic childhood consoles such as the SNES, Megadrive and MAME.

You’ll get these games by hooking your GP2X up to your PC and downloading them whenever the fancy – and not your bank balance – takes you.

It’s a nice little package. You can enjoy the 320x240 backlit LCD on your travels or hook it up to your telly for the bigger picture.

It’s fairly powerful too, with a pair of 200MHz CPUs and 64MB internal memory giving it, apparently, four times the oomph of the Nintendo DS. It also supports SD cards and will play movies without the need for re-encoding - the GP2X scaling chip will resize them to fit your screen.

The GP2X uses a pair of AA batteries to power up. If that’s doesn’t float your boat, maybe the £130 price tag will. You’ll be able to get your hands on one from the 18th May. For more info, click here.