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Gamepark GP2X F200 released at last

Gamepark GP2X F200 released at last

The new GP2X F200 is available now for around £80.

I love handheld gaming and can regularly be found swearing loudly because I missed my bus thanks to being too enraptured in a game of Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass on my DS. What's best about handheld gaming though is the blooming homebrew scene which is filled with free games and apps for these portable consoles.

The DS and PSP aren't the only gaming platforms with strong homebrew followings though and for a while now there has been another handheld on the scene, just below the radar. The GP2x is a Linux-based handheld platform created by GamePark which has dual 200MHz CPUs, a 320x240 3.5 inch screen and SD Card storage. It also has USB ports and runs on 2x AA batteries, weighing only 161g without power. That was just the old version though and now there's a newer kid on the block.

The new version of GamePark's GP2X portable gaming platform has finally been released, boasting a fair few enhancements over the original model.

The main new feature of the F200 is the touchscreen which offers homebrew developers a new input to fiddle with. The F-200 also comes with five new games, including the popular indie game Cave Story, an improved joystick and new support for multi-tasking. Oh, and it's white too.

The F200 is now available and costs around $169 or £85, which makes it cheaper than a DS Lite or a PSP. Check the official site for resellers and links.

If you've already got a GP2X then you may want to check out some of the new homebrew games available, some of which are very well made.

Fancy picking one up or putting it down on your Christmas list or do you think indie platforms like this are doomed to fail? Let us know what you think in the forums.

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DougEdey 30th October 2007, 09:40 Quote
Sorry, but I don't agree with using Play-asia as the sale link. www.gp2x.co.uk is the official site (although it's being destroyed by too many requests at this point in time) and even though it is 35 pounds more it's not going to be hit by import taxes.
CardJoe 30th October 2007, 10:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by DougEdey
Sorry, but I don't agree with using Play-asia as the sale link. www.gp2x.co.uk is the official site (although it's being destroyed by too many requests at this point in time) and even though it is 35 pounds more it's not going to be hit by import taxes.

Duly noted - I used PlayAsia without thinking and picked it up on the DCEmu community. Replacing it with the official one now.
antiHero 30th October 2007, 12:49 Quote
Seems like a good machine but for me to buy it it would need wifi! dont know why they didnt implement it in this version. Other than that nothing to say.
proxess 30th October 2007, 13:56 Quote
I has USB... maybe you can connect an usb dongle and make/compile some drivers for it... Its linux after all.
UncertainGod 30th October 2007, 14:01 Quote
It doesn't have a usbhost controller so you couldn't run a dongle from it.

Give it a usbhost controller and wireless and I'd love one of these.
sk8ter646 30th October 2007, 14:38 Quote
how ever if you use the addon board which has 3 usbs u can then add a dongle or hdds or what ever you want im getting one of these ive desided and now it has touch screen ive got to get on. i just have to find a ubs GSM adaptop
DougEdey 30th October 2007, 15:37 Quote
Site is back up.

I know with the vanilla GP2X you can add upto 255 USB devices onto it (including hubs obviously). If they get any F200s here at uni, I'll have a look and experiment. I may even buy one for the hell of it!
Zider 1st November 2007, 22:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by UncertainGod
It doesn't have a usbhost controller so you couldn't run a dongle from it.

Give it a usbhost controller and wireless and I'd love one of these.

Actually, it DOES have usbhost, thru the EXT port.
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