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Groovy sound-reactive PSP LED mod

The incredible team at AcidMods has done it yet again: they've ripped apart another PSP (this time, including the motherboard!) to create a totally awesome, innovative mod for the system. Today, they're showing off a sound-reactive PSP, one that lights up according to the beat of the music. By combining the visualizations of 3.0, a funky beat, and the hypnotic LED lights, your PSP can turn into the ultimate groove machine.

Frankenstein mod combines steering wheel + PSP

Neubit from Acidmods sent us an e-mail to let us know that he's got the first video from his mod-in-progress that sees a PSP marrying a steering wheel. He's stated the mod is for all the racing junkies out there, though I won't believe someone is a true racing junkie till I see them using this while riding the bus. But until then, we'll just have to enjoy the video of another unique Acidmods creation.

Video after the jump ...

[ Thanks Neubit ]

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Controlling a PSP using a DualShock controller

Want to see this modded PSP come to life? Well, now you can (after the break). F00 f00 from AcidMods has crafted a PSP that has all the comfort of a full PS2 DualShock controller. How, you ask? By letting you actually attach a PS2 controller to it. Do these system transformations ever cease to amaze?

I wonder what's next? LocoRoco controlled via the SIXAXIS?!

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Watch! A PSP modded, in front of your very eyes!

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If you want it: the PSP cooling fan

The fine folks of Acid Mods have done it again: they've created yet another impressive modification for the PSP. But this one will make you spin your head a bit. It's a cooling fan. Yes, a cooling fan.

While it's true that the system may get a little bit warm when connected via wi-fi, the portable doesn't seem to suffer from overheating issues like its console cousins. However, if you need to play your PSP on a hot summer day, you may want to check this out. Regardless of its practicality, it's certainly an ingenious piece of work.

[Via PSP GadgetZ]

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Coming soon: Chotto Shot night vision

Use regular AAA batteries in this impressive mod

The incredible folks at Acidmods have done it again: they've come up with another ingenious modification that's bound to be helpful for some of you. By carefully opening up a spare PSP battery pack, and then going through a complicated series of technical voodoo, you'll be able to use three standard AAA batteries to power your PSP. Certainly, this will come in handy for those of you that can't seem to find a charger to plug your PSP into while traveling.

While certainly a useful mod, it may prove to be too difficult for most. Maybe a third party will start manufacturing some of these babies for us?

[Thanks, F00 f00!]

The top 5 most creative uses of the PSP

While long-time readers of PSP Fanboy have undoubtedly seen most of these mods and hacks, it's nice to see five truly fascinating uses of the PSP in action. TechEBlog has collected various videos from YouTube, showcasing the PSP's incredible flexibility. Watch someone type away on a PSP keyboard; control a robot; play with an analog stick; add a motion sensor; and finally, make calls with a PSP phone.

Using a SNES controller on your PSP

It was on a dreary night of January, that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils. With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of the PSP around me, that I might infuse a spark of Super Nintendo into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the far superior D-Pad of the SNES function; I breathed hard, as I controlled my snowboarder with convulsive motions, agitatating my limbs.

- Mary Shelly, had she access to the PSP hacking community.


It's the PSP phone! No, it's not

People have been clamoring for a PSP phone for a while, but this is certainly not the way to do it. An aptly-named blog, "I'm bored," appears to have concocted a way to have a telephone headset operate on the PSP. Certainly, far less sexy than the official PSP headset, but it may be the only option for those of you unwilling to shell out the $20.

[Via Kotaku]

Dual analog mod, now 95% less scary

The internet loved seeing the dual-analog PSP in action. Too bad it looked as bad as Britney Spears' you-know-what. Well, the creative people of Next PSP Hacks have come up with a much more attractive solution: dual analog nubs, which are cased internally and symmetrically. Looking at the video they provided, it seems like this is what the PSP should've had in the first place! Of course, I wouldn't rip apart my PSP to attempt what must have been a daunting installation.

[Via PlayStation]

Dual analog PSP becomes gaming's hottest video

With more than 60,000 views and counting, this video of a PSP modded with two analog sticks, is gaming's hottest video on YouTube. Well, at least according to the Joystiq folks. It makes sense, though: this is the single most wanted feature for a PSP revision. Although this modification won't allow for true analog on the right hand (it's simply replicating the actions of the face buttons), it should feel quite natural for DualShock (and Sixaxis) players. However, as cool as this mod is, I wouldn't want my system to look like that.

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Analog stick from the "ghetto"
Beef jerky + magic = PSP analog stick

Quiet those kids with a in-car video server

Robert Cringely from PBS has built a video server in his minivan to have his kids stop bothering him. For only $190, he built a custom computer that would encode video in H.264 (AVC) codec and stream it to a PSP he had installed in the back of the vehicle. Why the PSP? Because it "plays movies beautifully."

While Bob doesn't go into details on how one would be able to fashion a video server for themselves, he does give a very interesting tidbit: "Though not advertised as such, the PSP is EXTREMELY water-resistant."

Of course, I haven't verified that claim. Nor will I try to.

[Via DCemu]

Mesmerizing PSP disc tray mod shines light

Psyberjock from DCemu has put together an impressive looking modification for the UMD disc tray. Apparently, this transformation took 30 hours of work and quite possibly a post-graduate degree in mechanics:

"I probably won't make a how-to. Considering the difficulty level of this mod, if you can't figure it out yourself, you'll probably just break your PSP or UMD tray."

It looks awesome, and I do want to know how to do this. Unfortunately, considering how I have the Brain Age of a 60 year old, it probably won't do me much good.

[Via Joystiq]

How-to: Make your PSP shoulder buttons light up

It seems like you guys didn't like Engadget's analog stick makeover. Maybe you'll like this detailed guide to making light-up shoulder buttons instead. Everett, the modder, explains his reasoning quite eloquently: "Sony decided to make the PSP shoulder buttons transparent, leaving modders an excellent opportunity to make the device look way cooler with lighting."

I have to admit, the idea does sound pretty enticing: seeing your PSP shoulder buttons light up every time you press them. Cheesy? Maybe. Cool. Hellz yeah. It won't be easy to get these lights into your system, but Everett does a fantastic job of explaining how to rip open your PSP. If you're a bit too afraid of exposing your system's innards, you can actually request Everett to mod your system for you. For money, of course.

[Via PSP Hacks]

Beef jerky + magic = PSP analog stick

Okay, so maybe I've been too busy playing all the new releases that have been coming out for PSP in the past few days. Whoops. There's a deluge of stories that slipped our grasp in the past few days, and now, we're going to catch up on them. Our sister site, Engadget, continued the whole add-an-analog-stick-to-your-PSP tutorial a week ago, and it got a bit crazy. If you ever wanted to know how to use beef jerky to make a terrifying analog stick attachment for your PSP, you know where to go. While it's awesome to see such inventiveness at work, I can't help but think that the other analog stick modification was a lot more... elegant.

Analog stick from the "ghetto"

About a week ago, Engadget posted a brilliantly detailed write-up on how to add an analog stick to your PSP. It wasn't attractive, so DCemu forum member Joe Stranger made a better mod. This version of the analog stick modification allows you to plug in the device through a new mini-USB slot he's created, so there's no messy wires hanging out of your system. Another bonus: you'll be able to freely add/remove the hack any time you want, so your PSP doesn't have to look like some weird Frankenstein. Color me impressed. Mr. Stranger talks about the potential for other peripherals to use the mini-USB slot, like a steering wheel... or better yet, a Steel Batallion controller.

[Via Joystiq]

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