GP2X Wiz (114.99) runs retrogaming rings around mainstream rivals

The latest in a series of handheld gaming consoles made by Korea's GamePark, the GP2X Wiz differs sharply from mainstream competitors like the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.

Online PR News – 14-December-2009 – – The latest in a series of handheld gaming consoles made by Korea's GamePark, the GP2X Wiz differs sharply from mainstream competitors like the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP. Whereas those machines incorporate strenuous measures to stop people writing their own software, the Wiz is completely open: anyone can write new applications and software, either in the machine's native code or using Adobe Flash.

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- Other hardware features include a condenser mic, a stylus, volume control keys and a standard headphone socket. On the right is a Kensington lock, on the left the power switch. Two of the eight buttons are triggers; two are reserved for select and start. It has stereo speakers and hardware-accelerated OpenGL support.

- It doesn't come with the emulators built-in, but they're free of charge to download. Those available for the Wiz are well-tailored to the platform and mostly need no configuration.

- Emulators are available for arcade games (MAME and FinalBurn); consoles including the NES, SNES, Gameboy, Megadrive/Genesis, PC Engine, Vectrex and SMS; and computers including Commodore Amiga, C64 and Atari ST. Interpreters are offered for ScummVM games and Quake packs. The developer scene is busy and growing fast.

- SNES performance is similarly good. Mode 7 titles such as Mario Cart don't have perfect frame rates. Megadrive games were also smooth, and earlier systems impeccable.

- At 4.8" long, 0.7" thick, and 2.4" wide, the Wiz is even smaller than the Nintendo DS, but not so small that it becomes hard to use.

- It runs Flash 8; this could make portable game programming much more accessible to amateur developers. Supported media codecs include DivX/XviD, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV and AVI. You'll want to transcode stuff down to an appropriate resolution before moving it over.

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