Designed for serious PlayStation developers, programmers and game enthusiasts.
* Only available from PSXDEV.NET *
100% Open Source Hardware and Software^
Last updated: 03/JULY/2013
The old work log for the PSX Blaster SIO Comms Link has been put away for safe keeping.
What is it?
This is basically just an Xplorer cartridge, but instead of using the LPT (parallel) port to connect to the PC, you can use USB (1.1) at a speed of 1 Megabyte per second. This will let your PC communicate with your PSX. So, you can upload your program (PS-EXE) into the PSX's RAM, and allow it execute. This is exactly how the original Psy-Q blue dongle worked seen here. The hardware and software is open source and can be edited and improved by anyone. Overall, the PSX Blaster is a development tool to make PSX games, and without it, you will not be able to run your games, code or programs on a real PSX.
- Extremely fast USB link from the PC to the PSX at 1 Megabyte (1024 KB) per second,
- Supports VRAM dumping and RAM dumping,
- Supports RAM editing / memory snooping,
- Supports virtual hard disk imaging (IE: you can stream files from your PC HDD over USB instead of the PSX CD-ROM)
(Notice: Features may change at any given time as the PSX Blaster is an open source project in development)
No soldering required. Just plug the PSX Blaster into your PSX's PIO port, plug it into your PC over the included USB cable, setup the drivers, development environment (IE: Psy-Q) and you're ready to start uploading your games and programs to the PlayStation 1!
PSX Blaster Version 1.0 (FT245RL)
This design has been scratched.
You may download the EAGLE PCB design files below and do what you like with it. Note that it has never been built nor tested. No software exists for it either, so it is useless. Do not attempt to build it. It is for learning purposes only.
Version 1.0 PCB Dimensions: 70mm x 55mm.
We originally planned for Version 1.1 to be 50mm in height by moving some IC's to the back, changing the regulator and changing the 128 KB DIP Flash to SMD or PLCC. We will leave that up to you to do...
PCB Image 1: http://i.imgur.com/HBW3K.png
PCB Image 2: http://i.imgur.com/cdSwJ.png
EAGLE Schematic and Board file:
PSX Blaster Version 2.0
New designs are planned to be released soon...
^subject may change at any given time.