What’s next for the PS Vita scene?
We could accept what we have and feel pretty content about it, but come on, we’re the scene, on the day after Christmas we start thinking about the present we’re going to get next year. So in this great spirit of “give me more!”, here’s a collection of what’s still missing in the PS Vita scene:
PS Vita Video out
Yes, The mysterious “video out” port has been debunked multiple times. However, the PSP had some console-to-pc support via remotejoy and the usb port. Surely something similar can be achieved ultimately on the PS Vita? Granted, Rincheat does it to some extent!
This would be super convenient for all the youtubers out there who want to go through a few gameplay sessions, or simply for the fun of scaling it up to a big screen? I know, I know, your PS TV works great for exactly that, but still.
Better custom themes
Customizing themes on the PS Vita still feels it’s in its early stages. Sure, RedSquirrel’s Custom Themes manager does a terrific job, but it’s the underlying possibilities that need to be dramatically improved. Remember the countless possibilities we had with CXMB on the PSP?
A kodi-like media player
Each console has had its own great homebrew media player. The PSP had Pimpstreamer, the PS3 has Showtime. Heck, Kodi started as XBMC. The “X” in there stands for Xbox!
So, all generations of consoles have had their homebrew media player. Let’s be honest for a minute here, the default media player on the Vita is terrible. The console is in desperate need of something much better.
A full fledged N64 emulator
Emulating the N64 has been the scene’s pet peeve for a while. The folks at retroarch announced a while ago that they started working on an N64 emulator for PS Vita, but progress has stalled.
Today the only way to play N64 games on the Vita is still PSP’s own DaedalusX64, which is a bit sad.
A PS Vita emulator
Alright, this one is the weird one of the list. Not an actual thing for the vita scene directly, but with the console full blown open for more than a year, I would have expected a multiplicity of projects starting to look into the console firmware and start implementing a ps vita emulator.
We can already dump and reverse most of the console’s modules. Am I missing something here?
More homebrew games!
Last but not least, we need more homebrew games. The Gekihen competition was a step in the right direction to get the ball rolling, but the Vita scene is still far from producing the same amount of experiments that the PSP was. Obviously, the world has evolved and it’s probably easier to get games created on a phone nowadays, but still, it would be fairly exciting to see people release more fun experiments, tiny games, ports, or even massive scale projects for the sake of it.