I’ve been following the progress of PPSSPP.org in creating a PSP emulator for the iOS and Windows. I’m a frustrated programmer and a techie at heart, so when I hear people tweaking and creating new technologies on the grassroots level; I’m always intrigued. Then I heard that they got the PSP emulator to run on several operating systems including the iOS, Windows, Linux and Android. I had to do my own experiment and try the PPSSPP ver. 0.7.5 on my newly acquired Android-based microconsole, the OUYA. The video will show what happened next…
In my daily search for novelty in the gaming world, I came across the PPSSPP, a software that emulates the PSP or Playstation Portable on the iPhone and iPad. Of course, I immediately dug through some YouTube videos and found this one. It’s demonstrating how the PPSSPP is running Wipeout at 60 frames per second. That’s insane! I guess I assumed that emulators were a PC phenomena. You all know what happens when you assume. Right? The PSP was one of my favorite portables because of the great titles developed for it. Playing those games on a seven or nine inch screen would yield a new experience.
I’ve been holding back in writing this article for almost a year now. As an old school gamer, I’m clinging to the past and couldn’t let go of the tangible greatness of dedicated gaming devices such as the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS. But reading about the specs, software and applications of tablets like the iPad2, Xoom, Galaxy and Playbook, I have to confess that I believe the days of the PSP and DS are numbered. This is not because of the technology they offer. It’s the fact that I can get the gaming goodies and multiplayer functionalities without forking out $20 to $40 for a new game. Let’s face it. Tablets are no longer a fad as they were in the early 90’s and 2000’s. Software development is on the rise, chips and hardware are less expensive and the consumer acceptance is high.
As a parent, I’d rather spend $500 on a tablet that my kids can do homework, research and play free games than spending the same amount on a PSP2 that, for the most part, can do one or two things. I don’t need to do a mass scientific study to see that tablets are having an impact on untapped markets. I often watch my 66 year old mother play games with my 60 year old uncle, 40 year old brother, my cousins and their kids using their iPhones, iTouches and iPads. They all live in different parts of the state. Fun and entertainment are what gaming is all about and these tablets are delivering the experience. The technology is transparent. The interface is amazingly intuitive. The price is affordable.
Thanks to game engines from companies such as Epic Games and id Software, new iPhone and iPad games look amazing and this is just the beginning. I can only imagine how game developer like John Carmack will exploit new tablet technologies. All you have to do is look and play Rage HD or Infinity Blade on the iPhone and iPad to see what I’m talking about.
Tablets seem to also hit the pause and refresh button in the gaming market. What does it mean when a $6 2D game with birds, sticks and blocks get more interest and hype that a massive 3D online multiplayer videogame with superheroes that cost $60 plus monthly fees? I have a feeling that current game publishers are realizing that they don’t have to spend millions in developing a game to make money on these new “gaming devices.” Let’s not kid ourselves. This is the secondary function of most tablets and other iDevices.
The bottomline is the bottomline. Why spend money on separate devices for fun, productivity and practically when you can get them all in one. Am I off base here? What’s your perspective on the future of portable gaming?
While the recent announcement of the NGP/PSP2 is attention-grabbing in the gaming scene, the announcement of the Playstation Suite secures Sony’s spot in the future of the videogame industry. Sony realized that the key to grabbing the lead and sustaining it is to leverage original Playstation content across different gaming platforms. With Playstaiton Suite, casual and hardcore gamers can access Playstation games on smart phones, tablet PC’s running the Android OS and of course, portable gaming devices like the PSP via the Playstaton Store. Essestially, the PS store is to become the Apple Store of video gaming. With this concept, Sony also eliminated the age of their technology and hardware as a factor. On the revenue end, Sony just extended the life of Playstation and PSP games for another five, if not, ten years as the games get new life and fans in the new platforms.
I can also see Sony grabbing huge chunks of revenue from Apple’s music and movie offerings. This concept and potential for growth make my head swell. In some ways, the Playstation Suite is like a Trojan Horse pretending to only offer games to the unsuspecting masses. As most PS3 gamers and users know, the Playstation store offers more than just games. The PS store also contains videos and movies. The PS Suite can easily add music to the mix. OK. Now. Think. Sony already has a rabbid and savvy base of followers. Sony also has a pretty good reputation when it comes to cool hardware, technology and content. With the Playstation Suite, all this becomes accesible to millions of new users across several portable platforms. Tell me this is not huge.
One of the gamers I’m following on Twitter recently went through a freak-out moment. He left his iPad on the plane and remembered it after he got home. He got lucky. The plane he was on did not go to another destination and the person who found his iPad called him. As an airline-industry veteran and a gamer, I’d like to give you some dos and don’ts to lessen the chance of losing your precious portable gaming device:
1. Label it!
This sounds so basic but many of you don’t bother to put your contact info in the About section of your device. Airline employees are busy and will not have the time to research and trace the owners. Before packing, make sure your contact info is in the About section. You can use a labeler or just tape an airline name tag to your device. You don’t need to include a ton of info; your name and cell phone number will suffice. The less work the airline has to do the better the chances of you getting a call.