Friday, June 10, 2005

Sony: Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger can run on Playstation 3

Ken Kutaragi, President of Sony Computer Entertainment, has been saying that they may preinstall Linux on the optional Playstation 3 hard drive, to allow the PS3 to function more like a general purpose computer instead of just a console. He also says that it could run Windows or Mac OS X.

While technically true I think he may just be trying to generate buzz with the statements about Mac OS X and Windows, without any sanctioned support from either Apple or Microsoft. Apple traditionally has not liked people running its OS on non-Apple machines, and Microsoft most certainly wouldn't bring Windows to the PS3 before it brought it to the Xbox 360. Microsoft never allowed a full-fledged Windows to run on the Xbox, and there is no indication Microsoft will bring it to the Xbox 360 either. However, the comment about Linux is still intriguing. A PS3 running Linux and Linspire (along with the appropriate peripherals) could easily negate the need for a separate computer for many lower end users.

4 comments:

Jeff Harrell said...

Of course it COULD run Mac OS X or Windows. It's got a general-purpose microprocessor in it. It COULD run anything from OS/400 to the operating system that runs my microwave.

But that doesn't mean you can just install the software and hit the power button.

Yeah, he's just trying to generate buzz for his product.

John said...

Maybe a mod chip would alllow one to do this... I'd give it a month.

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