byDarren Murph||August 9th 2006 at 5:42amAugust 9th 2006 5:42 am
While this may not be quite as extravagant as remote-controlling your Honda without even being in the vehicle, using your PSP as a PC joystick is both useful and overtly geeky in its own right. While the PSP has definitely shown its ability to be more than just a gaming system (and media player, UMD viewer, digital audio player, etc.), David Rudie has devised a method to turn your PSP into a "virtual joystick" for your computer. Working with PPJoy, a program used to create a virtual controller within a Windows environment, he created a program that connects a device via WiFi to a server running on your PC. When you fire up the app on your Sony handheld, the program establishes a network connection with the server using an infrastructure mode, and once an IP address has been obtained and the two machines shake virtual hands, your only taks left is to figure how to make good use of your newly discovered controller. Currently, the mod only works with firmware versions v1.00 and v1.50, but if you're not the downgrader type you can certainly press your luck with newer versions. (OS X drivers are on the the to-do list, but we wouldn't hold our breath.) If hacking your Nintendo controller to work on your PC just didn't provide enough buttons for those elaborate combos, or you just prefer the modern flavor over the retro style, this will give you one more excuse to use the PSP for something other than what it was designed for, which is definitely where it seems to excel.