PS2Faction’s KungFu fired in a linkto a story@ Game Watch(Japanese) which states that Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.of Japan has announced(surprisingly, they mention thepetition we pointed out previouslyas a factor in the decision) that they willbe offering a Linux-based PS2 dev kit(http://www.jp.playstation.com/linux/)for 25,000 Yen (around $200 US) with the followingspecs(shot):
- Linux beta edition installation disk (DVD-ROM)
- External HDD unit (40GB)
- 10 BASE-T/100 BASE-TX Ethernet
- USB keyboard
- USB mouse
- VGA adapter
Unfortunately, it seems that this is just meant for sale in Japan at this point, although the press releasewould seem to indicate (I’m working from a Babelfishtranslation; if anyone that reads Japanese could clarify this, please do so) that it will be offered to the worldat large sometime in the near future. This product will allow Linux game developers to try their handat creating content for the PS2 console; however, I would assume that you would still have to jumpthrough Sony’s various stringent hoops for PS2 software developers (with regards to publishing the games you create)… if this changes, we’ll post about ithere.