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Old 5th October, 2006, 03:16 PM
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PSPTouchMe Concept Images

Harleyg have posted some cool concept images of what the PSPTouchME touch screen might look like. He also confirmed that it will use the USB port instead of the serial port. If the touch screen were to use the serial port, an audio jack would have to be present because the serial port wont be active if not.

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I've thought long and hard about a touch screen on a PSP, but I have to say the screen protector style thing is a very cheap and dodgy way to do it. I would have done a hardmod to the PSP.

You can buy PSP face plates, which basically replace the entire front panel, which is one piece and includes the surrounds around the buttons, and the screen in the middle.

Make a face plate with a digitizer integrated in it, and run wiring internally to piggy back the USB connection fron the internal contacts. Minimal modification, brilliant result.
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Old 5th October, 2006, 03:27 PM
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Yeah, I was thinking the same thing myself. The only reason I can see that they wouldn't have done it would be to keep costs down (an entire face plate is more expensive than just the touch panel), and ease of installation.
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I've thought long and hard about a touch screen on a PSP, but I have to say the screen protector style thing is a very cheap and dodgy way to do it. I would have done a hardmod to the PSP.

You can buy PSP face plates, which basically replace the entire front panel, which is one piece and includes the surrounds around the buttons, and the screen in the middle.

Make a face plate with a digitizer integrated in it, and run wiring internally to piggy back the USB connection fron the internal contacts. Minimal modification, brilliant result.
However, your average punter isn't going to do that. To Average Joe, something that simply plugs in and sits over the top is probably far easier.
So it's not like there isn't a market for this. I think it's a decent idea.
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Its something you could put the unit in to have done though. I would do it myself just fine, and if you wanted to extend the faceplate, you could do the external USB connection thing still, without it looking like an afterthought.

A backplate with the new camera built into it, and perhaps a conversion to remove the UMD drive and replace it with an internal GPS and camera would come to mind as a good idea as well, better yet, use an ipod sized hard disk in the space the UMD drive takes up as well.
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We need the UMD drive to play games. Not everyone wants to use Homebrew.
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Its something you could put the unit in to have done though. I would do it myself just fine, and if you wanted to extend the faceplate, you could do the external USB connection thing still, without it looking like an afterthought.

A backplate with the new camera built into it, and perhaps a conversion to remove the UMD drive and replace it with an internal GPS and camera would come to mind as a good idea as well, better yet, use an ipod sized hard disk in the space the UMD drive takes up as well.
I have seen a hard drive you can buy for the PSP which goes where the battery is. However, it's very bulky.
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We need the UMD drive to play games. Not everyone wants to use Homebrew.
We don't need the UMD drive to play games. Sony is moving to an online service for PS1 games on PSP, and you can already mount load your own games off memory stick. I have only two games on UMD right now, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, and Coded Arms, both of which I can copy to a memory stick and run off that.

UMD is really only taking up space.
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I wonder what security model Sony will use to ensure that downloadable games will be hard to copy? Could this require a further upgrade with new functions required from the kernel?
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I'm more interested in whether or not I'll be able to redeem the massive hoard of PS1 games that I already own for online versions.

Having to pay for something I already own all over again, just for the luxury of using Sony's emulator seams like a bit of a joke.

As far as a form of DRM for downloadable games goes... I'd give it six months before its beaten.

If they make these games cheap, and I mean properly cheap (<$20US) piracy won't be that big an issue. If they decide to rip us off for old games, you'll hear a resounding "ARRR ME'Hearties!" from the homebrew community.
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