A trip down homebrew lane: PSPKVM
In the days of the PSP, eager developers ported everything to it but some homebrew stands out in particular. PSPKVM, in my opinion, is one of the most interesting pieces of PSP homebrew to date, not only because you can run J2ME code and games on it but because you can even run useful browsers on the PSP.
PSPKVM is a homebrew that allows the user to run J2ME code on their PSP or if you prefer, the .jar applications that a good number of us used to (still?) run on their older feature phones. These applications were mostly games, simple utitilies or browsers. PSPKVM allowed almost all J2ME applications to run and even chunkier J2ME apps such as Opera work on it. Development stopped quite a few years ago but that doesn’t really matter as PSPKVM is quite stable and useful.
- Ability to install jar/jad files from Memory stick/via Wifi
- Internet Connection for J2ME apps
- Various keyboard options even internal OSK
- Ability to use various profiles in order to get the best experience on your device
- Easy to use application launcher
- Compatible with a whole variety of J2ME applications
Why PSPKVM stands out
PSPKVM is still is a very interesting piece of software to this day is probably because one can run web browsers on it. The PSP’s web browser leaves a lot to be desired but thanks to PSPKVM, one can easily browse the internet with Opera Mini 8 or UC Browser. You can even log into popular sites such as Facebook/Twitter if you really need to check social media which makes the PSP useful in a situation in which you don’t have anything else that can access the internet. Opera Mini does have a few limitations sadly and one of those is not being able to download files to memory stick but that shouldn’t be a very major issue.
You can also play some niche games like Doom RPG and Wolfenstein RPG which could be fun if you take into consideration the limitations of J2ME phones back then.
Nowadays, PSPKVM is more of a novelty but it could be fun to play around with J2ME applications that we once thought were the future. Of course, this homebrew should run fine on a PSVita in Adrenaline so you can mess around without even having to take out your PSP! Make sure you get v0.5.5 which is the latest version for the PSP which is confirmed to work even on FW 6.61. Oh, and you needn’t point out slow news days; everyone knows that developing new homebrew isn’t something done overnight so wait and enjoy the past while waiting to see what’s in store next.
Sourceforge link for download: https://sourceforge.net/projects/pspkvm/
Opera Mini 8 link (it’s fun to mess around on your PSP, if you have the time): http://www.opera.com/mobile/download/versions/