Will Wright, the creator of The Sims and numerous other popular games, has confirmed that Spore will be coming to handhelds like the PSP and Nintendo DS. Ever since winning the game of the show award at E3, Spore has been one of the most anticipated titles for PC. A few weeks ago, we reported that EA was looking for designers the handheld version of Spore. EA made no no comment about this but Will Wright confirmed it at a GDC conference on Wednesday.
Personally, I’m really excited about this game. The entire world of Spore is procedurally generated, meaning that everything is created on the fly. This creates an open ended world that you can shape as you see fit. When I say everything, I don’t mean only the physical objects in the world, but also the characters movements and actions; every single verb (yes, every single one including mating) in the game is procedurally generated. You can watch Will Wright’s GDC presentation to get an idea of how groundbreaking this game really is.
Engadget has spotted two patents filed by Sony that look like a cellphone and keyboard attachment for the PSP.
In two filings dated November 10, 2004 (and made public in late February 2006 and only three days ago, respectively), a gaggle of Sony designers submitted applications for both “ornamental design[s]” for a keyboard and phone add-on for the PSP — and trust us, the patent filings couldn’t have been much less verbose. So will we ever see these things get manufactured and released? Eh, even though Sony’s launched some unexpected PSP accessories recently, we’d assume the phone attachment won’t ever take off. However, Izumi Kawanishi has made it no secret that he wants email on the PSP, and a keyboard would be quite a nicety if that’s in the cards.
Not much has been heard of PSP-OSS for a while now but a teaser image of what’s to come has been released. The next iteration of PSP-OSS is codenamed “Hawk” and man does it look cool. The interface looks very sleek and has what looks like an OS X style launch bar. The image indicates that it will integrate several key features into the shell such as audio/video playback, file browsing, image viewer, text viewer, and a built in IRC chat client. So far, there’s only been one mention of Hawk on the official PSP-OSS website.
We are still in need of coders for PSP-OSS.
If you got any experience with coding for the psp and some free time, please contact us :
IRC : #psp-oss @ irc.vgirc.com
EMAIL : “just [ dot ] me [ dot ] elz @ Gmail [ dot ] Com” (remove [ dot ] and the spaces)
Btw; HAWK is real.
No release date has been set but it sounds like they are already pretty far along in the development of Hawk.
Shortly after Griffin Technology’s lineup of new PSP accessories, Bluetake has announced its own add-on. Bluetake specializes in manufacturing Bluetooth enabled products. Unsurprisingly, the i-PHONO mini is a Bluetooth stereo transmitter that allows you to transmit your audio wirelessly.
The i-PHONO mini Bluetooth® Stereo Pod Transmitter (P/N: BT450Px) allows the SONY® PSP™ to transmit the CD quality stereo music wirelessly to the i-PHONO mini Bluetooth Stereo Headphone (P/N: BT450Rx) or the i-PHONO PLUS Bluetooth Stereo Headphone (P/N: BT420Rx) while you are enjoying the games, music and movies with the PSP.
The i-PHONO mini stereo pod transmitter is designed with flat and thin shape that is available for fixing along the bottom system of the PSP. Thus you only need to pair the i-PHONO mini stereo pod transmitter with the compatible Bluetooth stereo headphone, and then plug the i-PHONO mini stereo pod transmitter into the headset connector of PSP. Besides, no driver installation is required.
Sony has announced that World Tour Soccer 2 for the PSP is scheduled to be released sometime in June. Although it’s no match for Pro Evolution Soccer, the challenge mode offers a new twist to soccer gaming by giving you points for stylish scoring and intricate passes.
The game will be split into World Tour and Medal modes, which will allow you to work toward unlocking new teams, game modes and All Star teams, but there are a total of 11 game modes overall – and most of the challenge-esque ones are asking for you to discipline yourself in certain ways.
Classic challenge sticks with the original formula, while all-rounder rewards you for bringing in team-mates; time attack is about scoring points against the clock; checkpoint is about your ball-distribution skills; and shot clock is about scoring quickly. If it’s anything like the original, you’ll compete for bronze, silver and gold medals – and probably get quite addicted to doing so.
Phil Harrison, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President, shed light on a few more details about what’s to come for the PSP. Many of the details were already announced at the Sony Conference earlier this month but a few questions people had were addressed.
Harrison announced that PSP games will be available for download over the internet, this includes PS1 games running via emulator. He also officially announced the PSP EyeToy and GPS device for the PSP. One of the questions concerning the EyeToy camera was whether or not it would be able to take still images as well as do video. In his speech, Harrison mentioned that it will be implemented.
There weren’t that many games that were talked about but one was mentioned. LocoRoco, the odd looking game where you play as a yellow blob, was confirmed for a North American launch. Previously, launch in Japan and Europe was only confirmed.
One major thing that was left out was whether the PSP would be “Hub” enabled. Sony anounced their plan to launch a rival online service, dubbed Hub, for the PS3 a while back. Its supposed to have many of the features Xbox Live has including buddy list and an online store. But they never mentioned whether the PSP would be able to connect to this service. With the PSP’s robust WiFi capabilities and MemoryStick storage, there is no reason why it shouldn’t be able to. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens in the coming months.
Punch Jump is reporting that Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced the development of Justice League Heroes for the PS2, Xbox, and PSP. The game will be released this fall and will sport a completely new and original story.
“In Justice League Heroes, gamers get to play Batman and Superman together along with an amazing team of super heroes wielding unprecedented powers for stand alone action on consoles and the PSP system,” said Jason Hall, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
The game utilizes Snowblind’s innovative gameplay technologies and the respected story writing of Dwayne McDuffie to bring fans and gamers some of the best super hero battles in the universe.
Justice League Heroes is an action / adventure game that will allow players to customize characters like Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Zantanna and more.
So all you JLA fans can rejoice assuming that the game turns out to be good (Hey WB, look at X-Men Legends to see how its done)
The Chicago Tribune (registration required) has posted an interesting retrospective on the first year of the PSP.
I love my Sony PlayStation Portable, which turns 1 year old on Friday. It boasts more than 100 games ($20 to $40 each) that get better all the time (Must-haves include new releases “Daxter,” “Syphon Philter: Dark Mirror” and the still-good “Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories). It has about 350 movies and TV shows (“Chappelle’s Show: Season 1″ makes bus rides bearable). And it stores music and photos, as well as surfs the Web via your home wireless network (psp.connect.com has details) or Wi- Fi hot spots (JiWire.com will find one near you).
Sony has sold more than 15 million PSPs worldwide, and now you can buy one for $199.99. A lot of great accessories are available such as Datel’s 4 gigabyte hard drive/battery pack makes your PSP bulkier but holds so much stuff ($250; datel.co.uk); Pinnacle’s Studio Version 10.5 helps you edit your home movies and store them on a PSP Memory Stick ($49.99 with limited-time $20 mail-in rebate; pinnaclesys.com).
Registration is free (or you can use BugMeNot) and the article is worth checking out.
Gamespot is reporting that Sony has announced they will have PS3 hardware on display at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week.
Sony promised to hold “demonstrations of games that highlight the new and unique features of the PlayStation platform” at its booth. It did not identify any PS3 titles as being present, however, preferring to issue comments of a broader nature. “The Game Developers Conference gives us an opportunity to collaborate with the development community and demonstrate new technology, business models, and our vision that will help fuel the growth of the computer entertainment industry,” said Harrison in a statement. As of press time, Sony had not responded to requests to clarify whether PS3 games would be on display at GDC.
Why is this being posted on a PSP news site you ask? Well, Sony also said several PlayStation Portable games would be on playable display, including Loco Roco, Me and My Katamari, and Field Commander as well as demonstration of some new PSP functionality. This includes the PSP Spot game-download service, and upcoming peripherals such as the PSP headset.
We will post more as we learn it.
GUBA, a leading provider of search tools and web access to Usenet, has launched a new video uploading service compatible with the PSP and iPod. This new service offers content creators an easy way to distribute video clips, short films, and even vodcasts. All you have to do is upload a video and GUBA will convert the video and host it for you! Currently, uploads are limited to 200MB but Macworld reports that the company plans to raise the threshold to 1GB. When you upload a video, GUBA also allows you to add a description of the video to make it easy for other to search for.
PSP Updates reports that McZonk from Team Emergency Exit has released a new homebrew application called the Titan Homebrew Manager for the NeoFlash Spring Coding Competition. This application allows you to download homebrew with your PSP over the internet from a server and install it automatically. When you execute the app, it retrieves a list of different homebrew from the server and allows you to select which ones you wish to download. Currently, the download server isn’t operational but it should be up soon.
PSP Updates reports that 71M, the coder who brought us the homebrew Flash player, has released a new version of his versatile file browser called FileAssistant++. FileAssistant++ is his entry for the NeoFlash Spring Coding Competition. This file browser can do a lot more than browse files though, it allows you to view display pictures, playback audio and video, playback Flash files, and a whole slue of other things.
- Display any pictures (PNG, BMP, TGA, JPG)
- Listen to any music file (OGG, MP3, SID, SAP, SC68, YM, NSF, AHX, MOD) with
- DSP effects and spectrum display
- Playback any video file (AVI, MPEG, MOV)
- Display text files (ASCII TXT)
- Run Flash files (SWF)
- Run PSP homebrew applications (ELF, EBOOT.PBP) and go back to FA++ while exiting
- Run any UMD (umd:/SYSDIR/EBOOT.BIN) and go back to FA++ while exiting
- Run any Lua scripts (LUA) and go back to FA++ while exiting
- Classic file operations (delete, move, copy, create directory, rename,…)
- Fully customisable, use one of the skin pack or create yourself!