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History[edit | edit source]

GP2X Caanoo logotype.

Launch[edit | edit source]

The GP2X Cannoo was launched in 2010 for $150,[1] though it was sometimes sold for $169.[2]The system was well received by some open source enthusiasts,[3] as well as a the broader public,[1] though marketing of the device in the west was sparse.

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Due to increasing competition by smartphones, the GP2X Caanoo was discontinued in 2011.[4][5] Retrospective media coverage of the device is sparse, but an AV Club article considered the device a forerunner of sorts to the emerging genre of open consoles that proliferated in the later 2010's.[6]

GamePark Holdings (Then renamed to GPH) folded on March 23rd, 2013.[7]

Technology[edit | edit source]

Compute[edit | edit source]

The GP2X Caanoo is powered by a MagicEyes Pollux VR3520F SOC, which is the exact same SOC powering the GP2X Wiz.[8] The SOC contains an ARM926TEJ CPU clocked at 533 megahertz.[1][8] Like the GP2X Wiz, it has built in 3D hardware capable of 1.33 million polygons a second.[8]

The GP2x Caanoo has 128 megabytes of RAM clocked at 133 megahertz.[8] This is double what is included on the preceding GP2X Wiz.[8] However 16 megabytes of system RAM is reserved for use as video RAM.[8]

Hardware[edit | edit source]

The GP2X Caanoo uses a OLED resistive touchscreen with a size of 3.5 inches and a resolution of 320 by 240 pixels.[1][9]

The GP2X Caanoo has an SDHC card slot, which is more important then it is on the Wiz as the Caanoo has only 128 megabytes of internal storage which is exclusively used for system software.[9][8]

A Wolfson Microelectronics WM1800 digital to analog converter is used for stereo audio.[8]

The GP2X Caanoo contains a lithium polymer battery rated at 1,850 mAh.[8] Battery life lasts between four hours and seven hours.[1]

Software[edit | edit source]

The GP2X Caanoo runs GNU/Linux as an operating system.[8]

External Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. a b c d e Aamoth, Doug (13 December 2010). "Caanoo Emulator Review: Great Hardware, So-So Software". https://techland.time.com/2010/12/13/caanoo-emulator-review-great-hardware-so-so-software/. Retrieved 23 November 2020. 
  2. Biggs, John (23 August 2011). "An Old-Style Arcade in Your Hands". Gadgetwise Blog. https://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/23/an-old-style-arcade-in-your-hands/. 
  3. "Achievement unlocked: Four open consoles for homebrew gamers" (in en). Opensource.com. https://opensource.com/life/11/7/achievement-unlocked. 
  4. "Bad News - General Talk [GPH - GP32X.com - Home of the OpenSource gaming Handhelds"]. 28 January 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20130128011805/http://www.gp32x.com/board/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F60363-bad-news%2Fpage__view__findpost__p__957469. 
  5. Manikas, Pantelis. "GamePark Holdings GP2X Caanoo" (in en). https://gamemedium.com/console/gp2x-caanoo. 
  6. Barsanti, Sam; Hughes, William (22 March 2021). "The rise and fall of the Game Boy's weirdest rivals" (in en-us). The A.V. Club. https://www.avclub.com/the-game-com-cometh-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-game-boy-1846501180/slides/11. 
  7. "Hardcore Gaming 101: A History of Korean Gaming". http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/korea/part3/company-gamepark.htm. Retrieved 22 November 2020. 
  8. a b c d e f g h i j "Irrlicht Engine • View topic - Irrlicht 1.4 GP2x Caanoo". http://irrlicht.sourceforge.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=44301. 
  9. a b "[Retro Review: GP2X Caanoo"] (in en). 9 May 2011. https://tgigreeny.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/retro-review-gp2x-caanoo/. Retrieved 23 November 2020.