Thursday, August 10, 2006

What's up Sony?

PlayStation 3 must be the first console (slash computer?) that have gotten me excited. Ever.

Take a good look at these quotes:
The "premium" version of the PlayStation 3 will come with an internal 60 GB hard drive, Wi-Fi connectivity, HDMI output, and multiple flash memory card readers, and features a brigter cosmetic silver logo and trim.
The PlayStation 3, unlike the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 systems, is based on open and publicly available application programming interfaces.
The PlayStation 3 version of the Cross Media Bar demonstrated at E3 2006 included options for different user profiles, the ability to explore photos, play music and movies from the hard drive, compatibility for a USB Keyboard and Mouse, a full Internet browser and a Friends menu. In a separate demo Sony presented the "Marketplace" where users can buy and download music.

Linux will be pre-installed on the PS3 hard drive. Currently it is unknown if Linux will be the operating system used to run everything, including the Cross Media Bar, or if the system will operate as a dual boot environment, where Linux would be loaded from the Cross Media Bar menu.
And, the most interesting quote of them all:
Because we have plans for having Linux on board [the PS3], we also recognize Linux programming activities… Other than game studios tied to official developer licenses, we'd like to see various individuals participate in content creation for the PS3.
Izumi Kawanishi on the presence of the Linux in the PS3
Wtf? It's been forever since any "game machine" developer acted like that. It was like... In the Amiga days or something roughly like that. It seems the price will be around €600 at launch, which, after all, isn't all too bad (the PS2 was launched at around €500 if I remember correctly). Especially not when you consider what you get. I don't care much about the games, but as a living room media computer it seems it just might spank. Arse that is.

Source: Wikipedia


laputa_sync said...

Wow...this might be the beginning of a new era of new things prevailing unto mankind and thus meaning i actually use linux!!!

Stefan said...

Yeah. I don't really care about the fact that's it's linux. I care about it being an open system with an open OS (it could've just as well been BeOS, AmigaOS, QNX or whatever). If it's easy to use and develope for it, I expect wonders.

I also find it exciting that it seems like Sony wants to take a chunk of the home computing market by setting up their own niche in it. It really is quite a cheap home computer when you think of it as home computer, game console and htpc all in one.