You might not have heard of the GP2X before – Gamepark’s marketing budget doesnâ€™t extend to much beyond a full page advert in Retro Gamer. The fact that you canâ€™t simply pop down to Gamestation and buy one doesnâ€™t help the publicity side of things either.
For those not in the know itâ€™s a neat little handheld that has gone down a storm with homebrew coders. Indeed many – if not all – of its best games have been knocked together by small bedroom-based teams. Perhaps the main selling point, though, is the number of emulators available. That, and the fact that it can be hooked up to a TV – an idea that Sony recently borrowed for the new PSP Slim & Lite.
After selling 30,000 of the open-source consoles since 2007, a new model has been announced – the GP2X-F200. Mmm, Catchy. Itâ€™s due out in mid-October for Â£119.99, and includes an improved D-pad and a touch screen. Itâ€™s backwards compatible with software for the previous models, and comes with five bundled games. Thereâ€™s no word on which ones, but we reckon the port of the Game Boy Advance GTA-alike Payback is one of them. But who knows – it could end up being five different variants of Pong.