Whelp, got my PSIO switch board all installed today
. Kind of a pain, but definitely doable for the determined gamer (not recommended for a 1st project though, those soldering points are fairly small and cutting traces is scary).
It works though. I tested a few games out today and Tempest X3 is the only one that won't work for me (freezes at the title screen
). I have high hopes that it will work in future FW revisions.
I gotta get me some higher capacity SD cards for this thing. The PS1 library (even my own collection) is quite large and 8GB cards just don't cut it.
They seem to be taking orders at the 1st of each month. They sell out pretty quick though (like in minutes), so you really have to plan for the exact minute/hour they are available (and be a little lucky).
Hopefully the demand will go down soon, I may want to order a 2nd at some point (especially if they can offer a PSone version), but I'm very satisfied for the time being.