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Re: PLAYSTATION 3 to Arrive in Early November 2006 with Linux

  • Subject: Re: PLAYSTATION 3 to Arrive in Early November 2006 with Linux
  • From: Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:34:02 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ Au79 ] on Sunday 19 March 2006 05:52 \__
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> __/ [ Au79 ] on Saturday 18 March 2006 23:38 \__
>>>> LinuxElectrons - Cedar Park,TX,USA
>>>> ... Ken Kutaragi, the head Sony's video games division, also said that
>>>> that the PS3 will require a hard drive, which will have a 60 GB capacity
>>>> and run Linux. ...
>>>> <http://www.linuxelectrons.com/article.php/2006031511012712>
>>> I thought it was truly excellent that the hard-drive was made a
>>> requirement. There were rumours before, but more official statements
>>> spread around the weekend.
>>> The hard-drive used to be perceived as an add-on peripheral that would run
>>> Linux. Sony could not use their direct competitor's operating system, so
>>> about 4 months ago, words began to circulate that the accompanying
>>> hard-drive will bring Linux to many homes. In Sony's agenda, Linux
>>> penetration has its benefits because it weakens the XBox series rather
>>> indirectly.
>> Also, Playstation has always been more successful in the gaming market than
>> MS, which sells every xbox unit at a loss.
> Good  point.  It's a strategic choice, which _not_ anyone can afford.  Had
> lockins not been indirectly involved, I wouldn't have minded at all.

I guess this is an attempt by MS to seed a new world of Microsoft
lock-in.  Clearly they can afford to expend several millions on this
without turning a hair.

> On  the contrary, one could argue, that any boost to gaming consoles makes
> games  less  dependent on a particular operating system. This raises  con-
> cerns  and begs for the question: what have Microsoft got concealed deeper
> in their sleeve? I guess that regardless of the existence of XBox /et al/,
> the  Playstation was bound to prevail. So income might as well be collect-
> ed.  Same situation with iTunes/iPod/Apple Music Shop, which Microsoft at-
> tempt  to extinguish using an alliance with MTV and some irrelevant Justin
> Timerlake appearance.
> Returning to topic, the impact of DirectX is yet to be seen. OpenGL is pe-
> nalised  in  Windows Vista already (performance degradation due  to  wrap-
> pers).  This  ought to encourage more developers to opt out of  interoper-
> ability (e.g. Nintendo, Playstation, even Linux and OS X).

Mark junior 1 and 2 will go for PS3, not Xbox.  

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
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