If you had any reservations about 3D gaming on the Palm Pre, the above video might change your mind. ZodTTD, the genius that developed many emulators for the iPhone has rooted his Pre, and loaded up his PlayStation emulator onto the device. Many bats are still in need of being flushed out of the cave, but as you can see in the video, the basics are there. Can’t wait for more news from ZodTTD on a final version of the emulator for the Pre.
A few notes on development from ZodTTD:
- There is no sound output (but it’s emulated), as Pulse Audio is required for the Palm Pre, and I have yet to support it. It will come soon.
- I have not figured out hardware rotation or scaling, or whether it is possible. Until then I am using the raw framebuffer device and blitting 320×240 software scaled.
- I figured out how to read the keypad device on the Palm Pre, though there are times it fails to give a keyup event, making keys “stick”. This is annoying and I’m looking for a workaround.
- As things progress I will have fullscreen landscape working as well.
I’m particularly excited about this for one reason alone: The Pre has physical buttons! Don’t get me wrong, I love playing games on my iPhone… But heck, sometimes a guy just needs a few buttons, y’know?