I'm happy to announce the expanded public release of the PSPVECX 1.01 Vectrex emulator.
The Vectrex was a home console released in 1982 that included a vertically oriented vector monitor which was a desktop-sized Asteroids/Tempest-type display. The original console was also unique in that it included a built-in Asteroids clone (Mine Storm) and used a four-button control with an analog joystick. The Vectrex still has a very loyal following of fans and a healthy community of homebrew game programmers. Despite the age of the console, commercial games are still released once in a while.
PSPVECX is a port of the VECX Windows emulator written by Valavan Manohararajah. This version plays the built-in Mine Storm game.
How to play:
Turn your PSP 90 degrees so that the analog control is at the top (because the emulator is rotated to use as much of the screen as possible). Use either the analog control or D-pad to rotate the ship. Use X to fire shots, Circle to move using thrusters, and Square to hyperspace out of danger (or into it!). Gameplay is very similar to Asteroids with a few surprises. See if you can get to level 14 and see the infamous glitch of the original game.
- No sounds. The original VECX emulator also didn't emulate sound, but I plan to add support later.
- Text and numbers hard to read.
- No menu, so no other roms supported.
- Not random enough.
- No phosphor decay emulated.
This is a work in progress. Future releases will add support for other games, sounds, better video emulation, etc. It has been tested on firmware 1.5 and 2.0 using Fanjita's loader version 0.8.5. It should also work on 1.0 but has not been tested.
It is available for download (while my server lasts) here.