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Sony Ceases Production of PSOne

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the psnomore dept.

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Gamespot has the news that Sony is no longer manufacturing the PSOne. From the article: "Despite the news, Sony representatives noted today that the end of production does not necessarily mean the end of availability. PS hardware and software are still selling in countries around the world. Even if original PlayStation systems and games are becoming slim pickings in the US, gamers likely won't be going without for long. As part of its PlayStation Business Briefing 2006, Sony last week announced that it is working on an emulator that would allow gamers to play PS titles on the PSP."

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About time (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996199)


Now when my mobile phone has more RAM and can play more advanced games than a PS1 its time to call it a day

 

think about poorer countries (1)

Potor (658520) | more than 8 years ago | (#14997290)

yeah - but i lived in thailand until this past october and saw the ps1 everywhere - it remains quite popular, and cheap.

Re:think about poorer countries (1)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 8 years ago | (#14997428)

You went there to fuck ladyboys up the ass, didn't you?

Allowing PS titles on PSP? (1, Flamebait)

ASayre8 (612723) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996200)

Knowing Sony, you would have to pay for all the PlayStation titles again for a version that would work on the PSP.

Re:Allowing PS titles on PSP? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996215)

Either that or a hybrid PSOne/Walkman disc player that connects to the PSP through a USB 2 cable, using the PSP as a controller, display, and speakers. But I will admit that PS1 games that use L2, R2, L3, R3, or the right stick might need to be retooled.

Re:Allowing PS titles on PSP? (1)

ZakuSage (874456) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996645)

Stick = shift, so with L + R can be L2 and R2. No analog needed. It's quirkey, but it'd work, and you can bet dollars to doughnuts they'll do it.

Re:Allowing PS titles on PSP? (0)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996221)

Too bad, too. I somehow doubt we'll ever see all my hard-to-find RPGs (Saiyuki, Hoshigami, Persona,etc...) available. Just more ports of FF7. *yawn*

I'll just keep contributing money to Zodttd's gp2psx project.

Re:Allowing PS titles on PSP? (2, Informative)

nbcjr (797555) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996306)

No speculation is needed, from TFA: "As part of its PlayStation Business Briefing 2006, Sony last week announced that it is working on an emulator that would allow gamers to play PS titles on the PSP. Details haven't been released yet, but Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi said the games would be digitally distributed." SO... SONY!

Re:Allowing PS titles on PSP? (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996345)

I think that as far as sony is concerned, you'll probably have to pay. As I understand it, it's possible to play pirated stuff on the PSP. Maybe someone could design an emulator to play PS1, and then you could just put the games on flash memory.

Re:Allowing PS titles on PSP? (1)

Jozer99 (693146) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996391)

Probably you will have to pay, but at least its possible. The PS2 can not only emulate the PSOne, but even do extra anti-aliasing on the emulation. The PSP isn't that much less powerful than the PS2, right? Plus, eventually someone will hack the emulator to play ROMs off of the MS slot.

Re:Allowing PS titles on PSP? (1)

buffer-overflowed (588867) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996401)

The PS2 has PS1 hardware in it, for I/O processing IIRC. There's not really any emulation involved.

Re:Allowing PS titles on PSP? (1)

ZakuSage (874456) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996642)

Mmmhmm, because people loving nintendo totally doesn't already done that.

Told you so (4, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996201)

Sony last week announced that it is working on an emulator that would allow gamers to play PS titles on the PSP."

As I have been explaining since the PSP was first released in Japan, PS1 back-compatibility is the only way Sony can get the number of PSP-compatible titles anywhere near the number of titles compatible with its closest competitor, which can officially run 99 percent of GBA titles.

Re:Told you so (1)

CCFreak2K (930973) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996280)

So uh, what's the other 1%?

Re:Told you so (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996301)

The one game to rule them all and in the darkness bind them.

Re:Told you so (3, Informative)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996575)

The Kirby tilt game probably. It was made for the top loading GBA.

Oh, and any multiplayer GBA game. Of course, that only affects part of the game.

Re:Told you so (1)

Andrew Kismet (955764) | more than 8 years ago | (#14997195)

Boktai. Has a solar sensor that is inappropriately placed for an GBA SP/NDS.

Re:Told you so (1)

ScaryFroMan (901163) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996616)

Not to mention the GBA (still in the lead, IIRC), which can play all those, plus nearly all GBC and GB games, which makes for twenty years or so of games.

I don't think that Sony is capable of beating Nintendo at the handheld back-combatibility game. Especially since you don't have to rebuy the games for GBA and DS.

Re:Told you so (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996918)

Slightly inaccurate, unless you're talking total install base. Nintendo DS is selling more than every other console (home and handheld) combined on a weekly basis in Japan. Completely selling out every shipment as they come in.

Re:Told you so (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996833)

As I have been explaining since the PSP was first released in Japan, PS1 back-compatibility is the only way Sony can get the number of PSP-compatible titles anywhere near the number of titles compatible with its closest competitor, which can officially run 99 percent of GBA titles.

Not the same, though. Being able to play the carts you already own on the DS is a plus, as the DS plays legacy GBA carts. But PSP will not play PS1 disks, you'll have to buy them again on UMD. That'll give them a huge library and exsisting PSP owners will probably buy them, but unless they can start coming up with must-own new titles they won't bring in new customers. Very few people are going to buy a PSP to play games from 1997 (that they'll have to buy over again, at that.)

Re:Told you so (1)

JumperCables233 (916271) | more than 8 years ago | (#14997026)

There's a very simple solution to this, and I wonder if Sony's thought of it: Get into the software business. Pirated UMDs are already available. They can be burnt on a regular CD/DVD burner. Why doesn't Sony create some software that will let you copy from a PS1 Disc (which is just a CD anyway) and then burn it onto a UMD disc in your home burner? Sell it for 39.95 a piece. Make a fortune. Make people happy. Quadruple your PSP game library for the cost of developing one more title. Sound like a plan?

Re:Told you so (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14997291)

I'm not sure what you're referring in regards to burning copied UMDs onto a CD-R. The only way to copy a UMD is to run a program on the PSP that dumps the contents of the disc onto the memory card. Then that file can be run from the memory card as though it were a disc. It cannot however, be put back onto a UMD with any avaliable hardware. If Sony releases a PS1 emulator, there may be a way to rip your current library of PS1 games to the memory stick, and then load them up that way. However, I highly doubt it, as Sony has been none too keen on any software running from the memory stick.

and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996204)

meh!

Newsflash : Almost 50% of male children (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996206)

in the United States are mutilated. This contrasts with less than 20% in the rest of the advanced world. We can see now why Americans are so violent.

PS Jews and Muslims are mutilated too. Explains the Middle East, eh?

Emulation on PSP? (1)

Daneurysm (732825) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996208)

Wow... So, they would be coming up with this handy software to enable emulation of PSone titles on a PSP?

How Thoughtful, and all I have to do is buy another version of the game should my PSone cease to function.

...perhaps a PSP as well...

But that's all... Thanks again Sony.

Re:Emulation on PSP? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996246)

My completely unfounded guess is that they'll have a software package which can copy a PSOne disc to the PSP memory card, and then a UMD which runs the emulator and loads the game.

Okay, that's probably way to sensible for anything Sony would ever do, but it makes more sense than trying to get people to buy old titles all over again.

Re:Emulation on PSP? (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996353)

Doesn't nintendo have a pantent concerning running an emulator on a console. Oh wait, Sony isn't using the patent, because they're running it on a handheld. Which is sufficiently different since Nintendo was granted the patent, and emulators have been around for ages.

Re:Emulation on PSP? (3, Funny)

damsa (840364) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996572)

Nintendo was granted a patent on emulation on handheld console emulating older handheld consoles, this is handheld console emulating something else.

Re:Emulation on PSP? (1)

XStylus (841577) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996922)

It depends on how Sony plans to execute this emulation.

Would it be a matter of copying a PSOne game from your old CD onto a memory stick, or would it be a matter of downloading (for a fee, of course) a MagicGate encrypted copy onto a memory stick?

If it's the latter, thanks for nothing. Just more ways to get you to pay over and over for the same damn thing.

US customers! (3, Insightful)

atari2600 (545988) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996210)

If you want a PS1, go get one at your local gamestop for ~40$ or less depending on the package. I went in and was almost tempted to buy but came out buying the slimline P2 :). Not sure why you would want to buy a PS1 (since the PS2 plays most games i believe) but if you want one for old times' sake, there's always a local store that sells used ones for dirt cheap. There's always Ebay too. Seriously though, time to make the PS1 a collectors' item ;).

Re:US customers! (1)

Neoprofin (871029) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996298)

For one, the PSone is small and had an equally slim LCD\speaker attachment that could be had for, last time I saw, $120 brand new. Add $15 for an official Sony car adapter and you can play FF7 on any road trip without even using your entire lap.

Re:US customers! (3, Funny)

Bacon Bits (926911) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996930)

Wow, now I actually ave something to do when I cast my W-Summon + Knight of Round: I can drive to the store, buy what I need, and then drive home.

Re:US customers! (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996660)

I love the slim PS2. It includes IR port on the front for a remote control. Cool part is, I can use Scientific Atlanta DVR remote (Time Warner Cable) and program in a universal Sony DVD code and it works. No need to by Sony's remote for the PS2.

Re:US customers! (1)

bVork (772426) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996849)

There are a few PS1 games that don't work properly on PS2. I plan to pick up a Japanese PSone soon because of that. I'd like to play Gradius Gaiden (which has a level that runs in slow motion on a PS2), Toaplan Shooting Battle (two of the games included don't work on a PS2), and Metal Gear Solid Integral (which checks for modchips. I have a modded PS2, mainly for imports).

5 words (0, Redundant)

astyanax (8365) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996212)

Metal Gear Solid on PSP!

Nuff said

Re:5 words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996314)

Metal Gear Solid minus L2 and R2? Nuff said, indeed.

Re:5 words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996568)

I'd swear that was 7.

clearly, i am missing something (1)

macsox (236590) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996223)

i had no idea they were still making these. does this mean i can buy a lisa [antelecom.net] ? or at least an amiga [amiga.com] . it would be pretty dope if they always made everything that had ever been made. get me a new coleco! or a mccormick reaper!

Re:clearly, i am missing something (2, Insightful)

Cadallin (863437) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996547)

Apple doesn't sell Lisa's anymore, but you can buy Amiga 1200s. They're pretty cheap. Versalia Computer in Germany has them in stock with US keyboards for about $130, and lots of accessories.

http://www.vesalia.de/ [vesalia.de]

Just emulate it! (4, Informative)

dwbassett42 (752317) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996235)

Who cares if the actual PS one is no longer being sold? There are good emulators for the PSX out there, ePSXe being the best. Everything is freely downloadable and open-source, except for the actual BIOS files. (Which you'll probably end up getting via P2P) Once you're all set up, you can play any PSX game right on your computer, and it even supports linked play via inter/intranet.

Re:Just emulate it! (4, Informative)

Cal Paterson (881180) | more than 8 years ago | (#14997093)

No! ePSXe is NOT open source!

It's closed, and although the team haven't especially ruled out the possibility of making it Free Software, it is currently pretty much win32 only (although there is a GNU/Linux binary: it doesn't work very well).

To my knowledge, the only Free PSX emulator is PCSX, but development has been dead a few years, and I have a feeling compatibility is poor.

Re:Just emulate it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14997409)

it does actually work very well

well enough to play pretty much any game i dunno what else you want to do with a psx emulator

Re:Just emulate it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14997149)

Once you're all set up, you can play any PSX game right on your computer

Wrong, there are plenty of games that won't run in ePSXe (or at least, won't run well). Try getting Chrono Cross to run for example. (of course, if you do manage to, tell me... I never got to play past the first disc, as it was never released in a PAL format)

Re:Just emulate it! (1)

Zaatxe (939368) | more than 8 years ago | (#14997340)

It's just a matter of setting up the emulator properly. Chrono Cross is my favorite PS1 game and last night I decided to play it again. It took me about 2 hours to find the correct setup (specially because ePSXe doesn't let you change the settings after you start the game, which means you have to close it, open again, change the setup, wash, rinse, repeat), but it was worth it.
I even got it working in ePSXe 1.6, when most emulations forums say only ePSXe 1.5.2 can run Chrono Cross!

Anyway, if somebody need the setup information for Chrono Cross to run well in ePSXe 1.6, I can give it.

Any other obsolete products still in production? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996236)

Wow...that came as a surprise. Why were they still making it? Are there any other obsolete consumer products which are still produced that we may not know of? I would love it if I can buy a brand new snes, sony walkman, Zenith Space Command, or an Apple Newton today.

Re:Any other obsolete products still in production (1)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996604)

The Famicom was still in production in Japan until a year or so ago.

Re:Any other obsolete products still in production (2, Informative)

ecc0 (548386) | more than 8 years ago | (#14997416)

I would love it if I can buy a brand new [...] sony walkman
hi there [sonystyle.com]

I can't wait to see this.. (3, Interesting)

radiotyler (819474) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996238)

"emulator that would allow gamers to play PS titles on the PSP."

To me, this means:
1. The games are downloaded and stored on you PSP. (Yay!)
2. The games are repackaged and sold as PSP games. (Boo!)
3. I'm completely missing the point of why this matters. (Likely)

Considering all the titles available for the PSP and the ability to play PSOne games on your PS2 (acronym central) already, this seems kind of like a scare tactic towards Nintendo for offering free games on Revolution [joystiq.com] . The "Look! Look guys! We can do it too!" mentality, I guess.

Re:I can't wait to see this.. (2, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996308)

this seems kind of like a scare tactic towards Nintendo for offering free games on Revolution.

That, or it's a reaction to the Nintendo DS's back-compatibility [slashdot.org] . Or it's a reaction to homebrew emulation efforts [dcemu.co.uk] .

Re:I can't wait to see this.. (1)

radiotyler (819474) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996426)

Whatever their motives, it's the implementation of the games on the PSP that really interests me. I honestly cannot see Sony giving up any games for free, or making an inexpensive adapter to transfer games from PSOne to PSP. All signs point to reselling the games and downloading software emulation onto your PSP to play the games you just bought... again.

Anything short of making the games available for download to the PSP seems like a terribly bad move, especially with third party solutions either already in the works, or new ones sparked by the idea of PSOne emulation for the PSP. This should be a fun one to watch fizzle.

Re:I can't wait to see this.. (1)

buffer-overflowed (588867) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996641)

Even if you could download, convert them, and/or run them from memory-stick, a lot of PS games are big, filling an entire CD(or more).

Re:I can't wait to see this.. (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996664)

a lot of PS games are big

And a lot of them aren't. Particularly, Zoop is about 3 MB, and the rest is CD audio that could be compressed for use on PSP. Sure, that's an edge case, but a lot of PS1 games are similar (under 100 MB data track plus lots of CD audio).

Re:I can't wait to see this.. (1)

DDLKermit007 (911046) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996766)

Yeah...and Sony is going to just give you access to all those games for free? Not to mention all the devolpers that just can't wait to repackage thier games for the PSP?

rip? (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996854)

and Sony is going to just give you access to all those games for free?

In the ideal world, I could stick a PS1 game in my CD drive and rip it, creating an encrypted iso that is locked to my PSP unit.

Re:I can't wait to see this.. (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996559)

"1. The games are downloaded and stored on you PSP. (Yay!)"

One game per memory card. Wee.

"2. The games are repackaged and sold as PSP games. (Boo!)"

The PSP has fewer control buttons than the PS1 controller. It also has a wider-aspect screen and stronger processing capabilities. I'd rather they repackaged it to make it more PSP friendly and smarten up the graphics a little bit.

"3. I'm completely missing the point of why this matters. (Likely)"

Actually, I'm missing the point as well. This smells an awful like like an attempt to syphon some of Nintendo's hype. Sony makes neato gadgets, but they've yet to impress me as a game company.

Oh fawk! (1)

gulfan (524955) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996245)

I just woke up and for a second there I thought it said PSP. I was like no way, I just bought the freaking thing.

Dual Shock and other PS1 Controller Oddities (3, Insightful)

MarioMax (907837) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996252)

Question: How will they be able to emulate the twin Dual Shock joysticks, as well as the L2, L3, R2, and R3 functionality.

PS1 had digital pads before Dual Shock (3, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996324)

How will they be able to emulate the twin Dual Shock joysticks, as well as the L2, L3, R2, and R3 functionality.

In-game remapping for titles that support it, or in-emulator remapping. I'm guessing that Sony will just skip the more complex titles that require analog sticks. Besides, half of the PS1 game library (including such classics as Parappa the Rapper, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, and Final Fantasy VII) was made before the Dual Shock controller and thus doesn't know that L3, R3, and the analog sticks exist.

Re:Dual Shock and other PS1 Controller Oddities (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996338)

How will they be able to emulate the twin Dual Shock joysticks...

By having the PSP controlling a 50k volts adapter that got one set of wires connected to your finger tips and another to your neck. If that doesn't give a shock enough, you can always take a bath with the adapter submerged.

Best regards,
The PS2PSP emulator crew

Sad day for a PS1 collector... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996270)

I knew it was inevitable, but in the end it means more rare titles and accessories in the used bins.

Still a great little system. I've got over 200 titles so I don't have much of a need for the newer systems. However I will be continuing my collecting on the PS2 platform.

Here's to more games!

They're stopping now? (2, Insightful)

Konrad9 (784416) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996275)

I'm confused. When was the last time ANYONE saw a NEW PSone in a store? I haven't seen one in years. :/

Re:They're stopping now? (1)

aichpvee (631243) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996293)

I think they were primarily being produced for sale in countries other than the United States.

Re:They're stopping now? (1)

Neoprofin (871029) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996305)

Screw reading the articles, we're not even going to read the summary anymore!

"PS hardware and software are still selling in countries around the world. Even if original PlayStation systems and games are becoming slim pickings in the US"

Re:They're stopping now? (1)

Konrad9 (784416) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996365)

Wow, so I was entirely correct.
Thankyou for pointing that out.

Re:They're stopping now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996479)

Yes, "ANYONE" apparently means "ignorant, self centred Yank" now.

Re:They're stopping now? (1)

cianduffy (742890) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996505)

I haven't seen one on sale either but I got one free with a Brother printer from Viking Direct recently. Does that count?

Its still in its box. Being kept for ebaying in twenty years time or so.

A more viable product... (1)

thej1nx (763573) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996297)

A better and worthwhile product would be an emulater drive gadget that let me play my PS2 games on PSP. Something the same size as a portable DVD player, that let you mount your PSP on top(say slide it into a PSP shaped cavity or something, and snap shut).

They should realize that their UMD format is not going anywhere :p

Re:A more viable product... (1)

Man in Spandex (775950) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996459)

Sure it will, same place as where Betamax currently is :o

Re:A more viable product... (1)

loki1978 (532644) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996819)

I see no problem with the UMD
Where is the problem? Do you see same problems with Gameboy cartridges?

Scissors (3, Funny)

writermike (57327) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996317)

Sony last week announced that it is working on an emulator that would allow gamers to play PS titles on the PSP.

Reminds me of the old technical support story of the person using a pair of scissors to make the 5.25 inch disk fit the 3.5 inch drive.

Re:Scissors (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996827)

Don't ever do that! I did that years ago with my porn collection and lost everything below the waist. Man, I was so pissed...

Re:Scissors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996976)

Uh, you're a liar. That wouldn't work. Most probbaly the disk would be rendered unreadable.

Re:Scissors (2, Funny)

KuRa_Scvls (932317) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996865)

Really? coz the version I heard only involved folding!

Makes more sense, actually...

ps2 backward compatible (1)

layingMantis (411804) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996320)

get a freaking ps2 for 140 bucks. or apparently, a ps3 when they come out.

if you still insist on a ps1, i can sell you mine call me :P

ps2 not 100% backward compatible (5, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996343)

get a freaking ps2 for 140 bucks.

Not entirely. Several PS1 games do not work correctly on the PS2 [whirlpool.net.au] . I'm guessing this PSP emulator won't be 100% compatible either, just as the Nintendo DS isn't compatible with link-cable-heavy GBA titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords and Pokémon.

It's pretty much 100%. (2, Informative)

Inoshiro (71693) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996881)

That list is about a bunch of games that, frankly, work with models that are SPCH-30001. If you have an SPCH-30001 that's not dead due to the defective lasers that were used in the 1999-2000 production run of 1st gen PS2s that still functions, you're lucky and due for a replacement anyway.

My PS2 plays Final Fantasy Anthology perfectly fine, and brings the load times of the FF6 menus down to something approaching playability, although it's still not as nice as the SNES rom.

From Wikipedia [wikipedia.org] : "Early versions of the PlayStation 2 console were incompatible with both the North American and European versions of Final Fantasy Anthology, although these incompatibilities have since been addressed in later hardware revisions."

Re:ps2 backward compatible (1)

Baloo Ursidae (29355) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996839)

How? You didn't leave a number.

Steve Ballmer declares victory (1, Funny)

BlueScreenOfTOM (939766) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996336)

Upon hearing the news from Sony, Steve Ballmer declared victory, looking back to his pre-XBOX days when he made the following comment:

I've done it before and I'll do it again! I'm going to Fucking Kill(TM) Sony!
-Steve Ballmer, 2002

Ballmer then spoke with his staff, who informed them that Playstation 2 has been out since 2001, thus making the PS1 essentially obsolete since before the XBOX was released. He then vowed to Fucking Kill(TM) his staff as he continued down the list of things to Fucking Kill(TM), booking a plane to Europe to hopefully "deal" with the EU.

Sega (3, Interesting)

Symp0sium (961148) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996340)

Sony last week announced that it is working on an emulator that would allow gamers to play PS titles on the PSP

I'm still holding out for Sega to do the same with the Game Gear and Master System, Alex Kidd in Miracle world here I come!!

Re:Sega (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996429)

Are you kidding? Sega made a device that let's you do that called Master Gear.

Re:Sega (1)

DDLKermit007 (911046) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996774)

Keep your eye on the Revolution. Theres a very good chance you'll get that wish.

Even smaller (2, Funny)

PatTheGreat (956344) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996342)

I think it would be even cooler if they just came out with an even smaller version. Like, a watch or something. That would be hawt.

Ironic (4, Interesting)

rtobyr (846578) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996445)

What's ironic is that Sony is discontinuing the PSOne not long after Atari started reviving the Atari 2600 & 7800 (http://www.atari.com/us/games/atari_flashback/780 0 [atari.com] ).

Re:Ironic (1)

richman555 (675100) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996462)

Wow I hope this means they will drop the price to $99 or lower.

Re:Ironic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996500)

That's not ironic, it's coincidental.

It's not ironic... it's a sign of times... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996631)

After all, 3D Realms are releasing Duke Nukem Forever on Atari 2600 [3drealms.com] , but probably not on PSOne.

Re:Ironic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996911)

It would have been nice if the Atari Flashback had included a built-in cartridge slot, since most Atari 2600 cartridges are cheaper than dirt now.

There are hacks out there that let you add a cartridge slot to the console yourself; but that's beyond most people's capabilities...

Good News Everybody!! (1)

JimXugle (921609) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996483)

I've got like 50 in the freezer down in my basement!

eh... not really.

Somebody needs to start working on cracking the PSone's authentication system... that way the PSP will be able to play homebrew no matter what!

I run epsxe on my laptop (3, Interesting)

Psx29 (538840) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996526)

I can load as many games as I want on my 80GB hd (and now they have 120gb laptop drives even) and the graphics look better. Hell I can even plug in my playstation controller with a nifty adapter. Screw sony and their psp.

Re:I run epsxe on my laptop (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996755)

Except you can't easily play a laptop on a bus, train or just standing/walking around. Also, any laptop using full system resources (ie. 3D accelleration, sound, etc.) is going to have even worse battery life than the PSP.

Re:I run epsxe on my laptop (1)

SigNick (670060) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996895)

I play everyday on the bus, train and subway. My Centrino/Sonoma laptop has 6.5 hours of battery life when reading ebooks and using Gaim/Winamp, 5.7 hours when playing ePSX continuously (1600x1050 resolution, Ati X700, AC97 sound). An extra battery costs as much as a PSOne if I want to double my playing times.

By the way, why would you like to play when walking around? I sure hope you don't live in a place where's other traffic too..

The best thing about using an emulator with a laptop: not having to buy the games AGAIN.

Re:I run epsxe on my laptop (1)

DigitalReality (903767) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996912)

I'm sure that some homebrewer will figure out how to drop the games on a DUO and play them on the emulator. Or they can use that PSP harddrive.

Re:I run epsxe on my laptop (1)

Chemical (49694) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996841)

I dunno about ePSXe. I've not had the best of luck with it. While the higher resolutions are nice, ePSXe's emulation is far from perfect. No game seems to run without it's share of glitches, whether it be sound or graphics, and many games are so glitchy as to be unplayable, or at least unpleasent to play. Also ePSXe seems to suffer from tremendous slowdown, even on my relativly high powered system. In addition development seems to have died years ago, so these problems will likely never be fixed.

I admit ePSXe is an impressive program, but it's not a very good replacement for a real Playstation. If Sony can come up with something for the PSP that can do near perfect PS1 emulation, they'll have a real killer app on their hands.

Re:I run epsxe on my laptop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996907)

Your problems sound mostly related to plugins. The core ePSXe is pretty much perfect, but the plugins that it comes with by default leave a lot to be desired. Try these plugins: Video [pbernert.com] , Sound [emuxhaven.net] , CD [pbernert.com] . You'll need to do some tweaking to perfect it for your system but they work pretty much perfectly.

Price will continue to make the PS1 attractive. (3, Insightful)

6350' (936630) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996539)

In much the same way that Windows 98 became the world's operating system due to it's relatively slim install and memory use (ie, usable on bare-bones inexpensive computers that much of the developing world uses), the Playstation 1 has become the planet's game console.

While the price for a PS2 has dropped considerably, the even cheaper PS1 is still the only real option for a person who has not much cash but want's a good console. Add in the vast pirated library of PS1 titles, and the PS1 will be an oddly vibrant video game platform for quite some time.

Whoops (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14996606)

Yeah, Sony decided to use new XPCP DRM technology to make sure your not stealing it's (awful) BIOS files.

What PSP REALLY means (4, Funny)

Doomstalk (629173) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996676)

Please Stop Porting.

Please... (1)

irimi_00 (962766) | more than 8 years ago | (#14996859)

Please, let me be the first to say what we all are really thinking and feeling.

Good riddance.

What?!?!?!? (4, Funny)

Zaatxe (939368) | more than 8 years ago | (#14997363)

How come the headline isn't "Sony announces a PSOne killer"?

Slashdot is losing its traditions...
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