Playstation 3 Linux

June 9th, 2005 by TimeDoctor

JVM let me know that gamespot has reprinted an interview with Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi, wherein he is quoted as saying that “Of course, the PS3 can run Linux.” I’ll believe it when I see screenshots or run it myself. Sony does have a good track record with their prior consoles; the PS2 had its Linux kit which ran on its hard disk drive, the Playstation 1 had it’s homebrew development kit, the Yaroze.

4 Responses to “Playstation 3 Linux”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    umm… this is a dumb post IBM has announced months ago that they were strongly supporting Linux with the Cell processer.

  2. Trizt Says:

    Wasn’t PS3 suppose to run a hack of linux as default? (haven’t had time to read the interview yet and have to rush to work in a minute).

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I called it before it was announced, on linuxgames.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    It has been my belief in the past that consoles are sold at a loss but that loss is made but by the license fees from game developers. Allowing a full version of Linux (e.g. OGL not disabled) on it would mean they could not sell at such a discount and thus sell for what it costs to make. I understand the PSP is sold at cost (unconfirmed), but IF they allowed Linux on it, dumping the disk to flash would be easier, and thus they don’t want to allow people to run Linux on a dual MIPS hand held computer with USB (this hasn’t stopped hardware hackers from getting the games from the disk though). This tells me that a PS3 might cost ~$400-$600 (US) but for piracy concerns I would think a custom Linux kernel would be needed with an NVIDIA like closed source module for video that cripples 2D/3D down to browsers/text editors. If this was not done then we could make games for free or pirate easily. Yes we paid what it costs them to make the console, but they want to make money, not break even. If they sold the console at a profit (30%?) then we will pay as much as a computer, but Sony wouldn’t care if we made game for it (maybe even promote it).
    All that being said, it would be great to have a ‘standard’ hardware Linux computer like Mac OSX has had for years, and many MANY complains about Linux configuration/install would disappear. It has been my complaint for years that Linux must support 1000’s of video/net/sound cards while OSX supports only a hand full. If full blown unmodified Linux kernel ran on the PS3 for less than $500 I plan to get one.

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