The GP2X is an open-source, Linux - based portable console and media player. It was developed by the South Korean company Game Park Holdings and produced. The console came on 10 November 2005 on the market, but only in South Korea. The GP2X is designed for both self- developers and commercial developers. It is usually to run emulators for classic consoles such as Neo Geo, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Nintendo Entertainment System, PC-Engine/TurboGrafx-16, MAME and other uses.

  • 3.1 Video
  • 3.2 Audio


Shortly after the release of the Game Park GP32 in 2001 began developing its next portable console. Because of disagreement of the employees in the arrangement of the system, there was a split in the company Game Park. It was followed by the creation of two new companies, including Game Park Holdings, which then began to develop a 2D-based portable console, which should come as a successor to the GP32 on the market. To identify and support the specifications of the new device, there was collusion by Game Park Holdings with previous GP32 developers. The final appearance of the console was then agreed by some meetings in Seoul. The first name of the console, GPX2, could not be introduced as the final brand name due to a trademark infringement. For Naming a Einschreibwettbewerb was organized, with about 1,500 names were submitted. With the name GP2X Matt Bakse won the competition and was awarded to a console. The GP2X went through several hardware revisions. The most important ones were from the first version to the normal version and later to the MK2 version. On 30 October 2007 the " F200 ", a version was released with touch screen and other, minor changes. Until 16 October 2006, the GP2X was nearly sold 30,000 times. On 31 August 2008 it was finally about 60,000 copies, which sold the company Game Park Holdings. End of August 2008, the successor to the GP2X, GP2X Wiz which was announced, which appeared in May 2009.

Since September 2008, the GP2X in Korea will continue to be marketed by the company Vocamaster, mainly as a kind of language trainers.



  • Chipset: Magic Eyes MMSP2 MP2520F
  • CPU 200 MHz ARM920T host processor, 200 MHz ARM940T programmable coprocessor
  • NAND Flash ROM: 64 MB
  • RAM: SDRAM 64 MB
  • Operating System: GNU / Linux
  • Memory: SD card ( last version supports SDHC cards )
  • USB 1.1 and USB 2.0
  • TV output
  • 2 x AA batteries or an AC adapter cable
  • Display: 320 × 240 TFT-LCD, 65,536 colors
  • L × W × H: 14.3 cm × 3.4 cm × 8.29 cm
  • Weight: 161 g (without batteries)

Expansion options

The GP2X has an EXT extension connector on the bottom of the unit, in which one finds a number of different connection options (such as USB host and TV -output ). Also the connection of a breakout is possible, so that four USB devices are connected and can communicate directly with the GP2X. The only restriction is caused by this interface, the availability of drivers. The port is not proprietary,; the specifications of this port are completely open.

TV output

The console also has a TV output, running with a special cable to the EXT port. This allows videos that are usually adapted to the GP2X screen to be able to be played back at native resolution on a TV. In addition, software can be played back at a higher resolution on the TV than on the GP2X screen. Not all software supports native resolution, but there is a software that supports the TV support for each other. This is then executed by a background process.


The primary storage system GP2X is a Secure Digital Memory Card (SD Card ), which is inserted into a slot at the top of the unit. Older versions only support SD cards up to 4 GB of memory. The SD card must also be FAT16, FAT32 or Ext2 formatted. As internal flash memory, the GP2X has 64 MB, 32 MB of which can be used for user data.

Since version 4.0, SDHC cards can be used, which can save much more with a storage capacity of up to 32GB.


The two ARM processors in the GP2X can be overclocked beyond their rated frequency with the appropriate software. The resulting maximum achievable speed varies from system to system. Only 1 out of 50 devices creates more than 300 MHz, while others barely reach 240 MHz. Many systems, however, provide 240 MHz, but the highest clock rate is usually 266 MHz.

Multimedia support


  • Video Formats: DivX 3/4/5, Xvid (MPEG -4)
  • Audio formats: MP3 and Vorbis
  • Container files: AVI and OGM (WMA and MPG additional software)
  • Maximum resolution: 720 × 480 pixels
  • Captions: SMI, SRT
  • Battery life only video: average 3.5 hours


  • Audio formats: MP3, Vorbis
  • Channels: Stereo
  • Frequency range: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Power: 100 mW
  • Sample-Auflösung/Rate: 16 kHz bit/8-48
  • Equalizer: contains the default settings " Normal", " Classic", " Rock", "Jazz " and " Pop "
  • Battery life only audio: about 6 hours


As the tools for developing software are available for free, there is an abundance of software for the GP2X, most of which are free. Types of software are emulators, games, multimedia player and PDA applications.

The GP2X has already installed more than one software at the factory. These include MPlayer, which allows listening to music and play videos, an image viewer, an e -book reader and a tool for adjusting the LCD frequency.