Project PlayStation Input Output aka PSIO - The First PS1 SD Card Hack - Play PS1 Games from SD
The PSIO Team stopped by PSX-Scene today to give us an exclusive announcement about the upcoming release of Project PlayStation Input Output aka PSIO. While not released yet; when it does come out (by 2013), it will allow you to play your PS1 backups on your PS1 from the comfort of an SD card. This is the first time this has been done, and it means several things for the PS1 scene. For instance, users will be able to get more out of their consoles than ever before, now that they don't have to worry about damaged discs, or slow reading times.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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What is (Project) PSIO?
PSIO is a way to back up your PlayStation CD-ROM's, preserve them, and let you play them directly from an SD card. This will decrease load times dramatically, as well as improve the overall performance of the console. Some highly important benefits, are that it will lengthen the life of your CD-ROM drive in the PlayStation 1, and reduce disc read errors, choppy music/audio, freezing, delayed frame rates and loud drive mechanical noises.
How much will it be?
At the moment, we can not say. The team plans to ensure high quality, at the lowest price possible to make everyone satisfied.
When will I be able to purchase PSIO?
Plans are to have it on the market and for sale by 2013.
What OS will be running?
Either a custom menu, or a replicated XMB menu found on the PSP and PS3 with more-or-less features.
Will it have a Virtual Memory Card?
Can I listen to music?
Yes. However, it will be a custom format because the PlayStation 1's CPU can not decode MP3's.
What about multi-disc games. Can I play games such as Abe's Exodus that uses 2 discs?
Yes. This will be supported. While playing your game, you can simply bring up a menu (using a button combination) that will allow you to mount a different CD-ROM or we will simulate a disc swap. This will all depend how the prototype performs after our tests.
Can I watch movies/video?
Possibly. It is a real hard feature to add into the OS and make it work well with the PlayStation 1's CPU. If it can not decode MP3, then it will be near impossible to decode MP4 or AVI.
So, can I use a Hard Drive to play my games?
No. This is was originally planned to happen, but, after careful consideration we have scratched this idea. PSIO will only work with SD cards. However, if there is a big demand for a HDD based version, then we may go ahead with it.
How do I install PSIO?
At the moment, the alpha and beta versions (our test boards that we made) need to be soldered to the PlayStation main/motherboard. However, the prototype (which will be revealed to the public in full detail) will be plug-and-play (it will plug into the PIO port).
Ever heard of an emulator?
Yes, but, emulators are slow, somewhat poorly coded and are not 100% accurate. You can not emulate hardware in software 100%. This is impossible.
What is the point of this. I can play my games fine from a disc on my PS1 and even on my PS2 and PS3!
That's fantastic! In a few years, come back and visit us because those discs will be damaged and or have 'clouding' damage.
Will it have debugging options?
Yes. It will have a USB port for comms to a PC host so you may program games and upload homebrew to the PlayStation 1 (check out our PlayStation 1 Homebrew website here).
Will it have a built in GameShark?
Yes. We will add in a cheat system / hex editor.
Will you post Worldwide?
Yes, of course!