PSP Flash Development

Here's an introduction to 'Web design for the Sony PSP' - not current enough for the development of Flash 6 on the PSP (coming this spring), but there's some that translates. Main points for Flash - full 480x272 screen resolution to use (overlaid, retractable browser controls), document.write support (for Eolas workaround), no support for XMLHttpRequest (so no Ajax I guess).

The PSP also features a pointing device (I'm coming round to the opinion that future mobile device will look more like desktops), but I'd still recommend making your app fully keyboard accessible for best usability on mobile devices.

Posted by Alexander at March 20, 2006 07:51 PM

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Curious about your comment that the Flash on PSP will be version 6 -- do you have a source? I was hoping we'd see Flash Lite 2, which is based on Flash Player 7 (the key difference being that it would support ActionScript 2.) But I'm just guessing. Thanks for the useful links!

Posted by: christoph@flashforward at March 23, 2006 04:48 PM

I can offer this -

Main difference I see between Flash 6 and 7 is improved video capability, and the speed of some of the players. The AS1 / AS2 difference is mostly in the authoring programs - it compiles down to very similar .swf files. So you should be able to compile your AS2 down to Flash 6, no?

Posted by: Alexander McCabe at March 23, 2006 05:00 PM

Thanks again -- I wonder whether the 1up report is accurate? We'll all know soon!

Posted by: christoph@flashforward at March 23, 2006 05:13 PM

As far as I understand, the PSP already comes with a web browser - so it would make sense that it supports regular 'Flash in HTML' rather than standalone Flash Lite content - so maybe it will play content that is already out there, rather than content having to be specially created for it.

Posted by: Alexander McCabe at March 23, 2006 06:03 PM

More backup for the version 6.0 stuff.

Posted by: Alexander McCabe at March 25, 2006 11:58 AM