Thanks, Sony, Do We Get a Downgrader Next?

fireworks are coolIf you look at the article above this, you will notice some very impressive (yet already done) features that Sony will (finally) add to the one and only PSP. Basically, Sony is blowing their horn with the release of some upcoming additions to their system software (firmware), including a Macromedia Flash Player, GPS Receiver, RSS Channel Support, PSP Camera, and PlayStation emulation support.

At first, my initial reaction was “Wow, that’s cool!” However, upon closer inspection, I came to several conclusions, that most of these ‘additions‘ have already been done by homebrew developers worldwide — because they wanted it, and didn’t want to wait. Going down the list of new features, I first noticed the GPS receiver. For those who don’t recall, a wily programmer by the name of Art has created a homebrew GPS receiver hack and software for the PSP, written in Lua no doubt. Ok, it’s been done, what’s next? RSS Channel Support including internet radio? Oh cool, now I can check out some tunes from my favorite online sites. Then it struck me, Raf and Co. already have PSP Radio (which you should check out if you haven’t already.) Next on the plate from Sony comes a Macromedia Flash player, which has been in hot demand for a very long time. For so long there was demand that in fact, a contest was held for homebrew programmers to create a Flash player for the PSP. While still a bit buggy, it does work with many Flash (.swf files), and can be improved upon. Lastly, Sony wants to have ‘revolutionary‘ support, the ability to play games from your memory stick! (Albeit PlayStation games, which is great news indeed, but also under construction by PacManFan.)

Aside from the PSP Camera (which is very cool, but I am also curious on how it will be implemented), the history of homebrew brought me to the conclusion that Sony may very well be listening to the community. I only say this because the additions have already been accomplished by homebrew enthusiasts worldwide, who want to make the most of their money and do what they want to with it. The additions also just happen to be some of the very hot pieces of homebrew programming out there. My question to Sony is this: where is the downgrader? Ok, I joke.. I know Sony won’t do that, but how about a homebrew friendly console: one that is blocked from the running of any piracy? Tough answer on how it could be done, but I’m sure you can find a way, right Sony? After all, we’re sure you know there is a high demand for it, many people do enjoy playing Super Nintendo you know?
fireworks are coolIf you look at the article above this, you will notice some very impressive (yet already done) features that Sony will (finally) add to the one and only PSP. Basically, Sony is blowing their horn with the release of some upcoming additions to their system software (firmware), including a Macromedia Flash Player, GPS Receiver, RSS Channel Support, PSP Camera, and PlayStation emulation support.

At first, my initial reaction was “Wow, that’s cool!” However, upon closer inspection, I came to several conclusions, that most of these ‘additions‘ have already been done by homebrew developers worldwide — because they wanted it, and didn’t want to wait. Going down the list of new features, I first noticed the GPS receiver. For those who don’t recall, a wily programmer by the name of Art has created a homebrew GPS receiver hack and software for the PSP, written in Lua no doubt. Ok, it’s been done, what’s next? RSS Channel Support including internet radio? Oh cool, now I can check out some tunes from my favorite online sites. Then it struck me, Raf and Co. already have PSP Radio (which you should check out if you haven’t already.) Next on the plate from Sony comes a Macromedia Flash player, which has been in hot demand for a very long time. For so long there was demand that in fact, a contest was held for homebrew programmers to create a Flash player for the PSP. While still a bit buggy, it does work with many Flash (.swf files), and can be improved upon. Lastly, Sony wants to have ‘revolutionary‘ support, the ability to play games from your memory stick! (Albeit PlayStation games, which is great news indeed, but also under construction by PacManFan.)

Aside from the PSP Camera (which is very cool, but I am also curious on how it will be implemented), the history of homebrew brought me to the conclusion that Sony may very well be listening to the community. I only say this because the additions have already been accomplished by homebrew enthusiasts worldwide, who want to make the most of their money and do what they want to with it. The additions also just happen to be some of the very hot pieces of homebrew programming out there. My question to Sony is this: where is the downgrader? Ok, I joke.. I know Sony won’t do that, but how about a homebrew friendly console: one that is blocked from the running of any piracy? Tough answer on how it could be done, but I’m sure you can find a way, right Sony? After all, we’re sure you know there is a high demand for it, many people do enjoy playing Super Nintendo you know?

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