Disappointingly few people know that Sony and Nintendo aren’t the only purveyors of handheld games consoles (no I’m not counting that Gizmondo nonsense). Both of these companies also have a particularly unfriendly view of the homebrew applications, seeing as it tends to go hand in hand with piracy. Gamepark, however, is all about the homebrew scene. It has already released a number of handheld consoles of varying spec and is now gearing up to release a third – the GP3X.
As well as a platform for budding indie developers, Gamepark’s Linux-based handhelds also support commercial development and most importantly, emulators. The latest model has emulator software for the Neo Geo, Sega Genesis, Master System, Game Gear, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, NES, PC-Engine/TurboGrafx-16, MAME.
The GP3X looks smaller and more compact than its predecessor, but nothing is known about the specs yet. The pics were leaked by zodttd and gp32xtreme, and Gamepark subsequently asked them to be removed, so we can assume there’s a kernel of truth in the story, even if this does not prove to be the final version of the hardware. It is also believed that all existing GP2X emulators will only need to be reconfigured to work on the GP3X.
As soon as any official word comes out about these, we’ll let you know. Equally, as soon as a photo turns up that hasn’t been shot in upside-down land, we’ll let you know.
(via GP2X News)