Sony Linux PS2 Dev Kit Announced

April 26th, 2001 by Crusader

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( 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.

5 Responses to “Sony Linux PS2 Dev Kit Announced”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    This isn’t a dev kit. This is a MIPS-based workstation running Linux, using the PS2 hardware + HDD. It includes X11, all the usual system services (even NFS!), etc.

    No OpenGL, though :/.


  2. Krach42 Says:

    Before the fish:
    According to the article the dev kit is Linux running on the Playstation 2 for purposes of programming. It appears that the PS2 source code will be closed. It appears to have proprietary API’s for the GPU and SPU access, along with access to the DVD-ROM’s VU0 and VU1 (what are those? ask a PS2 buff I guess) and it will come with sample programs.

    Clarification after the fish:
    All source code which is required by license to be released will be released, while all proprietary code will not be.
    Hardware specs are going to be given out about the GPU and SPU, along with the DVD-ROM’s stuff.
    Limitations: The external harddrive will not be guarenteed to work outside of the devkit (but we’re all hackers here, that won’t stay long with Linux) and only real PS2 DVD-ROMs and CD-ROMs are going to be guarenteed to work.

    Personally this looks like the port of Linux to the PS2 as we’ve all assumed it would come!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I cant wait to get my hands on one of those, I think I will also buy more PS2’s too

  4. Anonymous Says:

    When they see the PS2 thing EVERYWHERE?


  5. rts Says:

    More info here:

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