The PSVita has received quite a lot of homebrew and plugins over the last few months but I simply feel that the system could do with some more interesting homebrew. The Vita is a pretty capable system BUT there’s no hardware acceleration for homebrew yet so my wishlist will reflect this limitation.
1. Basilisk II
Basilisk II booting up Mac OS 8
For those unfamiliar with it, Basilisk II is an open-source 68k Macintosh emulator. There’s a port for the PSP but the Vita would probably handle it much better due to a larger screen, more processing power and more RAM. On the PSP, you can run System 7.5.5 decently so the Vita shouldn’t find it too difficult to handle a Mac OS 8.1 installation. This homebrew is even easier to port because the PSP (and PC) versions are based on the core of UAE, which the PSVita has a port of.
2. A Solitaire port
KPatience; an open source version of Solitaire from the KDE games set.
Yes, you read it correctly. A port of one of my favourite time wasting games, Solitaire in all its glory! Not talking about an HTML5 version of solitaire you can find online but a proper homebrew that can be launched directly off LiveArena. A full fledged port with various versions of Solitaire like Spider Solitaire and Klonkide would be very nice in my opinion. Various open source ports could be found so one can easily pick it up if they have adequate SDL knowledge.
3. A plugin to use the browser in portrait mode
Call me weird, wanting to use a Vita in portrait mode but I would like to do it more often. I personally do most of my web browsing in portrait mode so being able to hold my PSVita as I would a regular smartphone is a nice feature for me. Reading news pages and Wikipedia articles become more pleasant as you won’t have a big chunk of text per line. This would also be a good way to show off taiHEN’s abilities if one of the skilled Vita devs can pull it off! No pic for this one because everyone knows how holding a PSV upright looks like. It would also be an awesome way to read Webtoons/comics on the Vita.
4. A plugin to reduce the minimum brightness level
This is mostly for Vita 1k users. OLED displays can’t be very dim. Yes, I get it BUT I don’t see why the lowest brightness mode can’t be enabled. When you have your Vita on the lowest brightness setting and you leave it there for a few seconds, it dims even further; that’s the mode I wish to unlock. Unlocking the lowest brightness mode would allow PSV 1k users to use it in the dark (i.e in bed) without hurting their eyes or being forced to use the ‘LCD3x’ filter in Adrenaline.
This game is an opensource game that’s like SimCity. You manage a city and all its issues while trying to make it bigger and sustainable. While city buliding games have decreased in popularity lately, having a native port that you can play on the go with a touchscreen (or even with a cursor via the analogue stick) would be amazing. The Vita could probably pull it off as it’s not a very demanding game. A port of Lincity would also be nice as it’s simpler since it’s a 2D game a la SimCity Classic.
As you can see, my list doesn’t contain the most well known programs but they’re quite interesting nonetheless. The PSVita, in my opinion, has the potential to become an open-source game/app powerhouse like the Pandora. Make sure you tell everybody your thoughts on what should be developed for the Vita (within reason of course) in the Comments section!