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Posted 2006-02-26 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
Earlier this month, PSPHacks.net announced the winner of its "Flash Player Coding Contest." A member of the PSPHacks community named 71M developed a semi-functional player for Flash files that runs on PSP handheld consoles with version 1.0 and 1.5 of the official Sony firmware. The unofficial PSP Flash player, which will reportedly be released on February 28, currently supports "a good portion" of Flash 7 ActionScript, but doesn't support complex vector shapes very well. When the software is released at the end of this month, an XML file will be included to allow PSP-specific buttons to activate Flash actions.

While this is not a perfect implementation of the Flash player by any means, it is a noteworthy milestone for independent game developers. Flash is a versatile tool that allows rapid development of rich, cross-platform content. Creating a proof of concept or demo for the PSP might generate industry interest in a full-fledged game, or could pave the way for an indie Flash developer to market their own PSP-compatible games.

In related news, the Nintendo DS is expecting Opera Browser support, opening up official support for web-based homebrew applications, depending on the support for tools such as Flash.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Jos 'Hyakugei' Yule
February 26, 2006 @ 8:27 pm
     
 
"opening up official support for web-based homebrew applications, depending on the support for tools such as Flash." - well, only if your web-based homebrew app's depend on flash. There have always been many web applications which don't need the flash player. If you are more interested in game dev (although you can do game with just HTML), then the inclusion of Flash becomes a bigger deal.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
February 26, 2006 @ 10:38 pm
     
 
Jos, there's no disagreement here. I am well aware that Flash is only one tool. My sentence reads "...depending on the support for tools such as Flash." [emphasis added]
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Jos 'Hyakugei' Yule
February 27, 2006 @ 9:00 am
     
 
Mea Culpa.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by ptorrone
February 28, 2006 @ 2:33 am
     
 
here we go!

http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/02/psp_homebrew_flash_player_with.html
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
February 28, 2006 @ 9:19 am
     
 
Wow, that's really impressive, thanks for the heads-up Phillip :)
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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