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Re: [News] PlayStation 3 Linux Support Augmented by Sony

__/ [ Quantum Leaper ] on Friday 08 December 2006 17:16 \__

> "Mark Kent" <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:e7go44-09k.ln1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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>> amicus_curious <ACDC@xxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> "Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> news:5170061.PhlSkOF2fM@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>> PlayStation 3 support now standard in Linux 2.4
>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>> | Sony-contributed patches aimed at adding machine-specific features
>>>> | for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) have been merged into the stable 2.4.20
>>>> | kernel tree. The patches should greatly simplify maintaining Linux
>>>> | kernels for the PS3, which is already supported under Linux by at
>>>> | least one distribution.
>>>> `----
>>>> http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS6521115697.html
>>> I find that it is very curious as to what might motivate Sony to take
>>> this
>>> course of action.  "Pursuit of Excellence" once suggested that companies
>>> need to "stick to their knitting" and focus on what made them a leader in
>>> their markets.  Sony's success in gaming is due, I believe, to their
>>> visually impressive display and
>>> game play complexity that makes their games
>> They, Sony, don't write the games.  Others do.
> True,  but they get money from every game that is sold.  Its called a
> licensing fee.
>>> so highly rated.
>>> Why would they distract any of their developer talent to
>>> this end?
>> Because their internal developers are different to the ones writing
>> games.  The job of their internal ones is to make the platform as
>> attractive as possible to *all* developers, which is what they're doing.
>> It's not a distraction, they're doing their job.
> Why haven't they released a linux driver for the graphics chip in the PS3?

Who said they would not? Some people have voiced complaints about that. If
the PS3 catches on, which it /will/ once manufacturing/supplies have no
barriers, Sony will see the demand from the customer and react
appropriately. Then, the only worry, to them, is the fact that they
facilitate gaming that's independent from the firmware. Gamemakers might not
be happy, but Sony has a lot to earn from Blu-ray, VoD, etc. Sony could also
tell gamemakers that the appeal of the unit (it's more than just a gaming
console) as a whole broadens the market for the commercial games. And that's
all that matters, IMHO.

Best wishes,


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