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. ...
>>> 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
>> 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.
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