Eurogamer’s take on PS3 Linux

Big black boxes of *teh ultimate* power?

A lot of you guys are probably already enjoying using that big black box as a tinker-happy testbed of sorts for your Linux stuff, probably immersed in the search for the boot-game-from-the-HD holy-grail.

Some of you are probably annoyed that Linux can’t get to the RSX chip, while some of you are probably content with using your PS3 to run MAME and other Emulators. Some of you are probably just happy with the fact that you’ve got Firefox on YDL, and your home entertainment system can now double as a slightly slower PC.

Now that we’re amused and immersed with our PS3 hobby-kit, shouldn’t all this remind us of something? Eurogamer points out:

It will probably be a matter of months before someone develops an operating system, based on Linux, which installs through a simple process on the PS3 and presents the user with a nice, simple interface, controlled by the SIXAXIS pad, for playing a variety of media, streaming from servers on your network, reading webpages, playing emulated ROMs, and so on.

Sound familiar? It is, of course, exactly what the Xbox became when it was chipped, had its hard drive replaced and was updated with a piece of software called XBMC – Xbox Media Centre. The PS3 is a more powerful system, which benefits greatly from things like USB ports, built-in card readers and a wireless LAN card, all of which enhance its functionality as a media system, while a faster processor will make the playback of high-definition content, such as H.264 video, a possibility – so it will be a very valuable system as a media box, just as a chipped Xbox was in its day.

Makes you chuckle a bit huh?

Via Eurogamer

Big black boxes of *teh ultimate* power?

A lot of you guys are probably already enjoying using that big black box as a tinker-happy testbed of sorts for your Linux stuff, probably immersed in the search for the boot-game-from-the-HD holy-grail.

Some of you are probably annoyed that Linux can’t get to the RSX chip, while some of you are probably content with using your PS3 to run MAME and other Emulators. Some of you are probably just happy with the fact that you’ve got Firefox on YDL, and your home entertainment system can now double as a slightly slower PC.

Now that we’re amused and immersed with our PS3 hobby-kit, shouldn’t all this remind us of something? Eurogamer points out:

It will probably be a matter of months before someone develops an operating system, based on Linux, which installs through a simple process on the PS3 and presents the user with a nice, simple interface, controlled by the SIXAXIS pad, for playing a variety of media, streaming from servers on your network, reading webpages, playing emulated ROMs, and so on.

Sound familiar? It is, of course, exactly what the Xbox became when it was chipped, had its hard drive replaced and was updated with a piece of software called XBMC – Xbox Media Centre. The PS3 is a more powerful system, which benefits greatly from things like USB ports, built-in card readers and a wireless LAN card, all of which enhance its functionality as a media system, while a faster processor will make the playback of high-definition content, such as H.264 video, a possibility – so it will be a very valuable system as a media box, just as a chipped Xbox was in its day.

Makes you chuckle a bit huh?

Via Eurogamer

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