Mike Garcia's Games Development Blog

A hobbyist Mobile/PC/Android/Console game development blog

Links Net Yaroze & PSXDEV related material.

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Development stuff

I use code::blocks I did some videos on how I set it up here:
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The Net Yaroze (which means, Let’s do it in Japanese) is was an official hobbyist programmable Playstation from Sony (SCEE).
It was launch in 1997, and I remember reading about it in a Playstation magazine, it was $750 US about $1400 AUD.
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At that time I just started programming part-time, and I wasn’t sure I could do it.
In 1998 I started a Diploma in programming and in March 1999, I had a Net Yaroze! (I still have my acceptance letter in my CV!)

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Is the future Micro-consoles or Microcomputers?


Overview:
  • The big 3 Console manufacturers have stagnated
  • Mobile hardware and Google Android is advancing rapidly
  • Convergence of Mobile HW/SW into the desktop domain
  • Resurgence of the microcomputers (high-end Android appliance)


Micro-consoles

Below is my reply (based on personal thoughts and experiences) to Rob Weber’s 2014 Predictions for the Mobile Gaming Market.
He writes:

6) Micro-Consoles Will Become Extinct

It was fun to watch projects like Ouya from start to finish on Kickstarter. There was a lot of hype in 2013 but after a few failed attempts to build great micro-consoles, this trend will completely fizzle out and die in 2014.

I also have watched the micro-console space of 2013 and the whole buzz around android gaming.
The first wave of micro-consoles was Ouya and playjam’s gamestick.
Both of which used 2011-12 GPU/CPU, 1G RAM and 8GB of on board storage.
These were interesting to me but I didn’t want to spend $100USD each year on out of date hardware with a throw away controller, I didn’t see the point.
Surprisingly, these two are still being sold at the same price with the same hardware in 2014! wow!
Add to this, their overpriced, limited proprietary ecosystems and you have a recipe for a disaster.

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The top row, Ouya and Gamestick are both low-end micro-consoles.
The Mad Catz MOJO, bottom left, is a high-end micro-console microcomputer.
The Nvidia Shield, bottom right, is a hand-held with HDMI out and obviously not a micro-console by definition.

These two low-end, cheap units (top row) are really only good for running the apps they sell in their stores: games.
Those expecting a fuller and open Android experience would have rooted the device and side loaded apps, ie google play, but obviously this is not it’s intended use.
Unfortunately, you are still bound to that older hardware, so it’s performance and usage would be limiting.
Also, the hardware may have been subsidized by sales in their ecosystem, which means they’re business model is now broken.
This could explain why Ouya 2 still hasn’t been mentioned.

So do these gaming micro-consoles want to follow in the foot steps of the ‘big three’ (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo) console manufacturers?
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Sony Playstation: Net Yaroze.
Official Playstation Hobbyist Development Kit

The Sony Net Yaroze (Playstation) is a hobbyist development PS1. It is a cut-down library of the official development libraries which required serial data communication (no executable running of the cdrom). Yarōze means "Let's do it!". I’ve uploaded my old net yaroze stuff.. which wasn’t much.
I’m trying to find the source files for this project.
But I’ve gone through a few hard drives since 2001, but I still got them.
I remember doing it in a few weeks, (mostly on jolt cola,creaming soda and the purple one) but I can’t remember how I did it! Garrgg!

Good thing I’ve got these notes!

Looking at the sense today, it still looks active:
http://www.psxdev.net/ has annual comps!

Nice write up on the past major members and what they are doing now.

I had the newsgroup archived… somewhere :(


Here you will find my programming notes, screenshots and photos of my Net Yaroze.

Most of my low-res B/W textures were taken on the gameboy camera! This is/was me!


Here’s a good video explaining what it was, remember this is back in 1997, the peak of the Playstation’s life!

Enjoy!

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