The DS-Xtreme (DS-X) works exactly as described.
Drag & Drop ROM support, means no patching or editing. The DS-X is treated as a USB drive, so just plug it in (with the included standard mini-USB cable) and copy the ROMS over. I have been using 'DS-X Manager' which is homebrew ROM management software with trimming built in. Without the trim I could fit about 10 games on the DS-X. With the trim I added about 3 more. It holds a total of 512MB but a little bit is used up for the OS.
The OS is simple. It allows skinning but the skinning tools are not out yet. Basically, it has 4 options. Apps, Music, Settings, and About.
- Apps - Lists the ROMs and homebrew
- Music - Lists your Music files, and can be played with the built in Music Player
- Settings - A few options, such as 'Instant Boot' On/Off. You can instantly boot last loaded ROM or DS-X OS. I prefer the DS-X OS so I leave it off. You can also enable Dancing LEDs. Basicall, when you are listening to music you can have the 2 LEDs on the DS-Xtreme dance to the beat. Kinda neat but I have it disabled, my son likes things that flash. The 2 LEDs are tri-colored so you can also adjust the brightness of all 6 lights individually.
- About - Lets you know which firmware you are using. Currently only 2 firmwares released. 1.0.1 or 1.0.2. I updated my 1.0.1 to 1.0.2 with an easy update. After the update you have to format the DS-X in FAT16. Can be done from 'My Computer' and then copy a new skin folder over. Easy enough.
Saving is awesome. Every NDS game uses eeprom for saving, so the DS-X on every re-boot backs up the eeprom to a *.sav file. * = name of the ROM it came from. Everytime I plug the DS-X into my PC I backup all of my *.sav to a folder on my PC. You can revert to any by simply replacing the file on the DS-X.
If you want to watch movies on your DS, you need to use a program called Moonshell. It plays *.dpg files which are GBA movie file. They run at about half the framerate of normal movies so NTSC is 15fps and PAL is 12fps. With the right compression you can get a movie to be ~250MB leaving about half of the free space of the DS-X left for whatever you want.
A minor drawback is lack of GBA support. This is NOT the fault of the DS-X itself. A Nintendo DS has a slot for DS games (Slot-1) and a slot for GBA games (Slot-2). The Slot-1 transfers data slower than Slot-2. So you can put GBA games on the DS-X and access the GBA CPU but information would be asked for faster than the Slot-1 will allow. Causing every game to crash. The only way to play GBA games, as of right now, is with a Slot-2 device. The DS-X does, however, act as a passthru, telling the DS to look in Slot-2. So you will not have to flash your DS firmware or buy another passthru device.
With the DS-X you do NOT have to void any warranties by flashing the firmware. It works right out of the box. Truly Plug & Play.
You can read more at:
Home Page - http://www.ds-x.com/
News - http://news.ds-x.com/
Forums - http://www.ds-xtreme.com/
Any questions, I will be glad to answer. Post them here and I will make an effort to try stuff out for you.
Now from what i understand which seems pretty simple you can just plug the device into your USB port and copy games and homebrew apps aswell as MP3's just loose into the main directory? or is there specific folders?
The DS-X searches the whole device on boot. You do not need folders but it makes organization much nicer. DS-X Mangager needs an 'apps' folder or it crashes, but that is a homebrew program not publicly endorsed by DS-X.
To answer another question of yours, the OS does not have PDA software.
.This post has been edited by throwingks: Dec 13 2006, 05:39 PM