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Re: Is the PSP still the best bang for your buck portable em

by Exhuminator Mon May 22, 2017 10:17 pm

Jagosaurus wrote:I'm still a little baffled by the PS1 on PSP love but no dual analog for PS1... but I guess only a handful of titles required them versus d pad?

Yeah not too many titles actually required dual analog, the only one I can remember needing it for was Ape Escape. The PSP emulator built into the PSP makes it very easy to remap controls. I've never had a game I couldn't work out a comfy control scheme for just by simply remapping the controls.
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Re: Is the PSP still the best bang for your buck portable em

by nullPointer Mon May 22, 2017 11:13 pm

Jagosaurus wrote:What's the biggest PSP memory card? Can you hold more that 1 or 2 PS1 or PSP games?

This is admittedly one area in which Sony's gonna Sony and screwed us over with proprietary memory format in the form of the Memory Stick Pro Duo. So the highest capacity Sony card available is a somewhat respectable 32GB. But this card also commands a kingly price. There are workarounds but like most workarounds there are compromises to be made. Basically this means using a MicroSD adapter. I use one of these in my PSP. In this fashion you can exceed 32GB of storage. I use two 32GB microSD cards in mine which nets me around 59GB of usable space. Now the theoretical maximum for PSP official firmware >= 6.60 is 256GB. Some users have reported success with adapters of that capacity, but I've always been too chicken to try, lol (not to mention that I'm comfortable with my current setup).

The trade off with microSD adapters is that they don't support Sony's proprietary MagicGate technology. In plainspeak this means that that official Sony cards are going to support higher data transfer rates. In terms of impact, I've never noticed any difference in terms of actual game play, but I can definitely tell the difference while navigating through the XMB menu (for content stored on the card), and saving game data. For me it's a worthwhile trade off in terms of having a 'mobile game library' but it's definitely a trade off to be aware of.

Jagosaurus wrote:An Android device will output to a TV in HD. I imagine the PSP will be 240i over component for many emulators and PS1 games. Most TVs won't support this resolution. Then you're tethered to the handheld & cord length versus a wireless BT controller on Android. 1 up for Android there IMO.

This is definitely a huge benefit of an Android emulation solution!
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Re: Is the PSP still the best bang for your buck portable em

by Exhuminator Tue May 23, 2017 1:56 am

I've got three PSPs rocking the Memory Stick Pro Duo solution, with 128 gb capacity each. Never had a problem with data loss or loading times. I only use official Memory Stick Pro Duo adapters and quality MicroSD cards though, no cheap fly by night junk.
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Re: Is the PSP still the best bang for your buck portable em

by nullPointer Tue May 23, 2017 2:07 am

Exhuminator wrote:I've got three PSPs rocking the Memory Stick Pro Duo solution, with 128 gb capacity each. Never had a problem with data loss or loading times. I only use official Memory Stick Pro Duo adapters and quality MicroSD cards though, no cheap fly by night junk.

Is there an official Sony microSD adapter? I didn't think there was due to Sony's love of pushing proprietary tech rather than supporting common standards. I'd love to be wrong on this point though.
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Re: Is the PSP still the best bang for your buck portable em

by JoeAwesome Tue May 23, 2017 9:19 am

Jagosaurus wrote:Confession:
I've wanted a modded PSP for about 10 years :lol:. I get attached to these mod projects and enjoy the tinkering as much as playing. It is fun to just see "what device x can do" :D. It's thrilling (yes... lol I'm a nerd) to find out things like the PS2 has a great Genesis and GB emulator. Who knew! PS2 POPS & OPL BLEW MY MIND. For those reasons, I wanted a modded PSP. Also, bc I was jealous when I saw folks with one circa 2006.


If you still have stuff for trade, text me if you're interested in a rough, but fully working, nice screen PSP 1000 model. Not looking for much, maybe $35-$45 in trade (or outright sale), but always flexible.
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Re: Is the PSP still the best bang for your buck portable em

by Exhuminator Tue May 23, 2017 9:31 am

nullPointer wrote:Is there an official Sony microSD adapter?

Not that I know of. What I meant was an official model of the PhotoFast CR-5400 MicroSD to MS Pro Duo Adapter. That's the best adapter you can find. But finding one that's real and isn't just a shoddy clone can be tricky. Legit CR-5400s go for about $125 these days.
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Re: Is the PSP still the best bang for your buck portable em

by Sarge Tue May 23, 2017 2:46 pm

My CR-5400s are a little dicey these days, I have issues getting the system to recognize them at times unless I insert it just right. They're legit, though. System and cards are probably just a little long in the tooth.
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Re: Is the PSP still the best bang for your buck portable em

by Mozgus Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:18 am

Chiming back in to say Vita only got better.

Temp flash with Henkaku:
https://henkaku.xyz/

Permaflash with Enso:
http://enso.henkaku.xyz/

Install VitaShell for file management and Adrenaline for PSP functionality:
https://github.com/TheOfficialFloW

Order a MicroSD adaptor to save on memory card costs:
http://wololo.net/2017/07/20/setting-sd ... e-windows/

Download all games and content precracked from Sony's own servers via:
https://nopaystation.com/
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Re: Is the PSP still the best bang for your buck portable em

by pierrot Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:00 pm

Mozgus wrote:Chiming back in to say Vita only got better.

Temp flash with Henkaku:
https://henkaku.xyz/

Permaflash with Enso:
http://enso.henkaku.xyz/

Install VitaShell for file management and Adrenaline for PSP functionality:
https://github.com/TheOfficialFloW

Order a MicroSD adaptor to save on memory card costs:
http://wololo.net/2017/07/20/setting-sd ... e-windows/

Download all games and content precracked from Sony's own servers via:
https://nopaystation.com/

Oh, nice. I've had an OLED Vita sitting NIB for a few years now, partly due to being unwilling to buy the memory media for it. With recently getting the copy of Sayonara Umihara Kawase Chirari I ordered, and this compilation of info, I might be busting out the Vita soon.
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Re: Is the PSP still the best bang for your buck portable em

by Anayo Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:30 pm

For handheld emulation I have a PSP 1000 and an Nvidia shield portable. The Shield has better performance in all respects, but there's one thing I like better about the PSP which causes the Shield to always fall short for me.

On modern screens the pixels are all crammed together so you'd need a magnifying glass to distinguish them. On the PSP screen individual pixels are not only visible, there's a small "gap" in between each one. Think back to the mid-pixel "gap" on an 8-bit game boy screen and you'll see what I mean.

For some reason 8 and 16 bit games look much better to me with the PSP's mid-pixel gap than they do on the Shield's modern 720p display. When the PSP displays retro games with a 1:1 resolution it just looks more pure to me. If I'm not making any sense I might need to take a picture to show what I mean.
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