GP2X Wiz

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GP2X Wiz
Wiz logo.jpg
A GP2X Wiz with the main menu open.
Manufacturer GamePark Holdings
Type Handheld game console
Generation Seventh generation era
Retail availability May 12, 2009
Media SD card
CPU 533 MHz Host ARM9
Predecessor GP2X
Successor Caanoo[1]

The GP2X Wiz is an open source hardware[2] handheld game console and portable media player developed by South Korean company GamePark Holdings running a Linux kernel-based embedded operating system. It was released on May 12, 2009, and was also the first console from both Game Park and Game Park Holdings to be also released outside South Korea. It is the successor to the GP2X.

Overview[edit]

An image of the Wiz system was first leaked on the web in late July 2008.[3] Rumors had been circulating that GamePark Holdings was in the process of making a new handheld, since they had abruptly discontinued production of its first handheld, the GP2X, in late June/early July.

On August 26, 2008, GamePark Holdings announced that it was planning to release a new handheld, named the Wiz.[4] Along with the announcement, a brochure detailing a great amount of launch information was released, complete with the system's specs.[5] The brochure stated that new games would be released every month for the system; This is a deviation from the GP2X, which did not have many commercial games. However, the Wiz still appears to be primarily advertised as an open-source system, meant for homebrew development of games and emulators.

On September 2, 2008, it was reported that the GP2X Wiz's button layout was to be revised, and the second D-Pad on the right-hand side of the system was to be removed. In order to make these design changes, the release of the system was to be pushed back to November 2008.[6]

Around the last week of April 2009, GamePark shipped test units of the GP2X Wiz.[7] These are thought to be the final hardware revision before the actual product launch.

Retailers for the GP2X Wiz stated that they planned to begin shipping the GP2X Wiz as soon as October 8, 2008. As of May 2009, retailers are listing the price of the Wiz at $179.99 USD.[8] The GP2X Wiz started shipping as of May 13, 2009.[9]

Official accessories for the GP2X Wiz include the Accessory Kit (which comes with an SD card case, a wrist strap, and a spare stylus), a screen protector, and a Genuine Leather Case.[10]

The successor of GP2X Wiz is GP2X Caanoo.

Myungtendo[edit]

In February 2009, South Korean president Lee Myung-bak had stated that "Korea needs to develop a video game console like a Nintendo DS".[11] This statement was parodied with the "Myungtendo MB", an obvious rip-off of the Nintendo DS.[12] While completely unrelated to the Myungtendo incident, the GP2X Wiz is often nicknamed as the "Myungtendo", due to its release shortly after the statement.[citation needed]

Hardware[edit]

Specifications[edit]

  • Chipset: MagicEyes Pollux System-on-a-Chip VR3520F
  • CPU: 533 MHz ARM926TEJ (overclockable to 900 MHz, however the system can become unstable over 750 MHz)
  • NAND Flash Memory: 1 GB
  • RAM: DDR SDRAM 64 MB
  • Operating System: GNU/Linux-based OS
  • Storage: SD Card (SDHC support)
  • Connection to PC: USB 2.0 High Speed
  • USB Host: USB 1.1
  • Power: Internal 2000mAh Lithium Polymer Battery (approx. 7 hours game/video playback)
  • Display: 320x240 2.8-inch (71 mm) AMOLED Touch Screen
  • Stereo audio DAC: Cirrus Logic 43L22
  • Embedded Microphone
  • Physical size: 121 mm (4.8") wide, 61 mm (2.4") high, 18 mm (0.7") deep
  • Weight: 98 g (without battery), 136 g (with battery)
  • 3D Acceleration (GPU embedded on Pollux)
  • Chipset supports OpenGL ES 1.1
  • 133M Texel/sec, 1.33M Polygon/sec.[13][14]

Based on the specs released by GamePark Holdings, the Wiz appears to have a considerably more slim and compact form factor than that of the GP2X. The Wiz also has a fairly large amount of built in flash memory, which GamePark has stated will be used to hold games that will be included with the system. OLED screens are supposed to have a much faster response time than that of standard LCD screens, as well as increased brightness and an increased viewing angle.

Multimedia support[edit]

Video[edit]

  • Container files: AVI
  • Video formats: DivX, XviD, MPEG4, AVI and others via software: flv, mp4, mkv...
  • Audio formats: MP3, WAV and others via software.
  • Maximum Resolution: 640*480
  • Maximum Frame Rate: 30 frame/s
  • Maximum Video Bitrate: 2500kbit/s
  • Maximum Audio Bitrate: 384kbit/s
  • Captions: SMI

Audio[edit]

  • Audio formats: MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV (more via software)
  • Channels: Stereo
  • Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Power output: 100 mW
  • Sample Resolution/Rate: 16bit/8–48 kHz, in 8bit/22 kHz

Photos[edit]

  • Supports JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP File Formats (more via software)

Flash Player[edit]

The Wiz also has Flash Player 8 with Action Script 2.0 support, allowing it to play popular flash games from the Internet.[15]

Games[edit]

The Wiz can run many emulators, freeware games, flash games, and applications.

The GP2X Wiz comes pre-installed with a number of games on the NAND.

IQ Jump
This is a collection of 5 brain training style games.
  • Look for the same pictures
  • Look for the missing number
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Look for the coin in the saving pocket
  • Crisis Ladder
  • Animatch by Ruckage
  • Square Tower Defence by Alex[16]
  • Wiztern by Chemaris
  • Myriad by WarmFluffyUK
  • Tail Tale by Rerofumi
  • Boomshine2x by PeterR
  • Space Varments by Ruckage
Originally a game called Snake on Dope was shipped with the unit, and may have been removed due to copyright issues relating to the music.
Upcoming Games in 2011
  • SORR (Streets of Rage Remake) A fan made tribute to all SOR Games developed by BomberGames took 8 years to make and was released in June 2011 as freeware. (SEGA Blocked its release *See Below*) [17]
Sega are in current negotiations with BomberGames. For the time being SEGA has blocked the game's release, BomberGames are looking for a speedy resolution

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Engadget article about Caanoo presentation at E3 2010
  2. ^ "openhandhelds.org". 
  3. ^ "Post by Zodttd on his website with leaked Wiz image". Zodttd.com. Retrieved 2009-11-23. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Post about GP2X Wiz announcement on". Gp32x.com. 2008-08-26. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  5. ^ GP2X Wiz Brochure
  6. ^ "Post by EvilDragon on gp32.com forums". Gp32x.com. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  7. ^ "April 2009, GPH ships GP2X Wiz test units". Play-asia-rulez.blogspot.com. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  8. ^ GP2X Store product page.
  9. ^ Play-Asia Product Page.
  10. ^ http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-14-71-d1-49-en.html Play-Asia has listed the prices as $18.90 USD for the accessory kit, $8.90 USD for the Leather Case, and $4.90 for the screen protector.
  11. ^ "대한민국 IT포털의 중심!". Etnews.co.kr. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  12. ^ "[쿠키뉴스] 갓 구워낸 바삭바삭한 뉴스". Kukinews.com. 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  13. ^ Magic Eyes product page for the Pollux.
  14. ^ "Arm9-based SOC targets low-end PMPs". 
  15. ^ GamePark Holdings (2009-03-17). "News post at Game Park Holdings site regarding Flash support". Gp2xwiz.co.kr. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  16. ^ Sqdef. Alxm.org. Retrieved on 2013-10-06.
  17. ^ News for Nov. 11th, 2009, Bombergames.net, retrieved at 2013-09-21

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