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Touchscreen Project For PSP

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the hold-me-touch-me-void-my-warranty dept.

Handhelds 27

Croakyvoice writes "Jube, who is an electronics engineer, has today posted 2 videos of his Touchscreen Project for the PSP. Basically, he has replaced the LCD Screen in the PSP with a Touchscreen of the same size. The videos show the touchscreen in action. The project's aims are also to increase battery life and feature a re-designed control pad. The Homebrew Community again leads the way on Sony's Handheld for innovation."

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first post? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24557133)

first post? test, test

Innovation, eh? (2, Funny)

FiloEleven (602040) | more than 5 years ago | (#24557283)

The Homebrew Community again lead the way on Sonys Handheld for innovation.

Riiight.

*goes back to playing DS, a handheld with a touchscreen that's been out since 2004*

Re:Innovation, eh? (5, Funny)

GoombaTroopa (1022351) | more than 5 years ago | (#24557741)

Yep.

*goes back to playing Game.com, a handheld with a touchscreen that came out in 1997*

er...

*puts it away because it's quite bad, and goes back to playing DS*

My take on the PSP (sans homebrew) (1, Informative)

Qbertino (265505) | more than 5 years ago | (#24560537)

I don't remember when the last time was that I bought a consumer electronics device from Sony. It could be never before. Aside from my nearly 10-year old CD480 Headphones which are starting to fall apart and are still the best headphones I've ever listend to music or computer sounds with.

Anyway: Two weeks ago I - after long thoughts, consideration, doubt and evaluation - finally bought a PSP. I had considered getting a DS, since I've got two GBA SPs allreay, but in the end the bizar price-point of the DS (it's barely 20 Euros less that the PSP, despite being a far less powerfull device), the nearly identical pricepoint of technically inferior games and the PSPs compareatively huge screen and a steadyly improving games lineup I settled for Sonys baby.

I must say, it's the best electronics device purchase since I bought a feature-laden high-end mini MD recorder from Sharp 12 years ago. The featureset that comes with a PSP out of the box is astounding (WLAN, Skype, Browser, MP3 Player, MPEG4 Videoplayer, etc.). I didn't even know about half of these before I got it.

The first game I got is "God of War - Chains of Olympus". An absolutely unbelievable game for a portable device. The last time I was so flabergasted by a game was seeing "Incoming" on the first PC with a 3DFX card built in. Sometime in 1996 or so. The game ends with an appropriate orchestral finale, with takes from the game and something like 3,5 minutes of 150+ people who worked on it scrolling by, just like in some large-budget hollywood flick. Just thinking about how back in the days of the Amiga 500 we would have chopped out right arms of to get one of these devices makes me notice how far technology has advanced since then. I'm simply blown away.

Currently I'm playing "Patapon", which is a PSP exclusive 2D vector gfx game which is so well designed, witty and funny, I catch myself giggling when playing it on the train. (and silently singing "Pon, Pon, Patta Pon" for hours after)

All - mostly baseless - bickering about proprietary UMDs aside, I consider the PSP the best portable entertainment device ever. The DS to me more than ever comes across as a total money ripp-off and I've come to see Nintendo with quite a bit more scepsis than before. Same goes for the current iPod Nano, which was on my radars aswell. Note that I'm a Mac (and Linux) user.

The PSP - wether with or without the homebrew stuff considered - deserves far more credit than it gets. If you're thinking about getting one, I can only warmly recommend it as a universal portable multimedia device. With a sizable memory card added, you'll have a long time of lots of fun with it.

My 2 eurocents.

Re:My take on the PSP (sans homebrew) (1)

Gideon Fubar (833343) | more than 5 years ago | (#24562301)

Sadly, you've almost reached the bottom of the good games on the official release list.

I love the console, but if it wasn't for my taste for nippon ichi games, i'd not be using the PSP for anything much.. except perhaps homebrew and converted ps1 games.

Re:My take on the PSP (sans homebrew) (1)

dafing (753481) | more than 5 years ago | (#24564817)

your post made me smile, im glad you are so impressed with your PSP :)

I cant wait till you get a PS3 though, hehe, games like Metal Gear Solid 4 will really impress you with the theatrics, the long cut scenes, the voice acting etc. It has an epic scene or two and one bit where a main character is dead only to come back again and.....I really dont want to spoil it for you anyway. After the credits there is a simply wonderful scene.

Actually, if you play MGS3 Snake Eater first, its simply wonderful, that game was one of my absolute favourites, its so much better than any action movie, everything in it makes any movie look tame, besides, you are actually "doing it" yourself unlike a movie.

All the best friend

Re:My take on the PSP (sans homebrew) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24575679)

I'm glad you're happy with your PSP. However I feel I should also tell of my experiences with the system.

Recently, Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core came out for the PSP. I really wanted to play that game, so after some consideration, I decided to buy one.

Now, the game is great. As an FF7 fan, I'm greatly enjoying Crisis Core, so in the end I'm happy with my purchase. But the PSP hardware itself disappointed me. A lot.

First of all I had a dead pixel out of the box. This happens with a lot of PSPs and Sony's warranty doesn't cover it. In general the screen is a little hard to see out in sunlight; all handhelds suffer from this, but the poor visibility of the PSP screen is second only to the original GBA.

Apart from that, the load times are atrocious for a handheld. It actually takes minutes before I'm playing the game after turning on the system. Compared to a Gameboy (Advance) or DS, this is quite a long time, and when I'm on the road with a handheld, I want to be able to play a quick game.

Finally battery life is really bad. Batteries are drained after about four hours of gaming. That's not a long time. Fortunately you can recharge using a mini USB cable as well as using the power cable, but again, this is not good for a handheld to be used on the road.

As I said before, I don't regret purchasing a PSP, but in my opinion the DS is a much better piece of hardware for handheld gaming. It also has a much larger (and in my opinion, generally better) libray of games.

On the flip side, of course the PSP is a Sony machine, and can (sort of) be used as a multimedia device out of the box. It supports MP3s and some other audio formats, as well as DivX movies. Even with the failure of UMD, it's still a decent multimedia thingy. Of course multimedia capabilities of DS and PSP alike can be greatly improved using homebrew software.

Finally a warning: the store clerk told me a memory stick was included with the PSP, but this turned out not to be true. Without a memory stick you'll be unable to save your game (or use multimedia capabilities). So in addition of the PSP's cost, you'll have to spend a bit of extra money on a (prorietary, overprices) storage device.

Re:My take on the PSP (sans homebrew) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24578735)

Finally a warning: the store clerk told me a memory stick was included with the PSP, but this turned out not to be true. Without a memory stick you'll be unable to save your game (or use multimedia capabilities). So in addition of the PSP's cost, you'll have to spend a bit of extra money on a (prorietary, overprices) storage device.

Depends on the model you get.

If you get a "core" package, it includes nothing but the PSP itself. Any other package includes at least a small memory stick (16 or 32MB) that it big enough to hold save games, a few pictures, or a couple of MP3s but not much else.

Personally, the best addition you can make to a PSP is a 4GB (or larger), Memory Stick. They've dropped in price dramatically, and being able to tote around your saved games, a movie, and a half dozen albums worth of MP3s means never missing your iPod during the morning commute (some days you want to play games, some you want to listen to music, other you'd rather watch some transcoded video goodness). :)

Re:My take on the PSP (sans homebrew) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24581267)

Depends on the model you get.

I did not know that, thanks. The clerk should have told me this...

Personally, the best addition you can make to a PSP is a 4GB (or larger), Memory Stick. They've dropped in price dramatically

Around here they are 50 euros. I assume the price drop hasn't hit Europe yet? I got the 1 GB version which was more affordable and, so far, enough for me.

Re:My take on the PSP (sans homebrew) (1)

Kentaree (1078787) | more than 5 years ago | (#24597333)

All - mostly baseless - bickering about proprietary UMDs aside, I consider the PSP the best portable entertainment device ever. The DS to me more than ever comes across as a total money ripp-off and I've come to see Nintendo with quite a bit more scepsis than before.

This seems to me to be a bit of a baseless statement as you don't give the impression of ever having played a DS, so how can you make this comparison? The DS, although technically inferior in specs, is a great little handheld with some excellent games, and many of them use touchscreen far better than most Wii games use the motion control. The DS has always been at this price, because it's still selling, the PSP when it came out sold for much, much more, you can't really blame Nintendo for not lowering the price when it still sells like hotcakes either.

Pandora (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24561005)

Soooo, it's gonna be just like the Pandora but without a keyboard and closed source and no bluetooth and you have to build it yourself?

Way to go, guys. /ducks /runs

Want to know what i think? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#24587701)

That it is pretty damn sad that this was created by someone who can't even spell "probably" correctly.
PSP2 better be brilliant Sony!

Also, those 2 videos were terrible.
Why were characters vanishing when they typed a new character?

Also, why the hell isn't the sidebar showing in FF1.5 anymore?!

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