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Sony PlayStation 3 \'Cell\' processor to support OS X

updated 12:15 pm EDT, Thu August 4, 2005

PS3 to support Tiger?

A new posting on Sony UK's website indicates that the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) may be compatible with the Mac OS X. The article in Sony's magazine says that the company has not finalized an operating system for the PS3, which is expected next year, but may be . Sony's website says the PS3 is expected to offer optional hard drives of up to 80GB or 120GB, but that it "remains to be decided whether the standard version of the PS3 will come complete with a hard drive. The operating system has also yet to be clarified. The integrated Cell processor will be able to support a variety of operating systems (such as Linux or Apple's Tiger)."




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  1. DannyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Hmmm...

    PS3: expensive console or cheap Mac?

  1. chrisutley

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I don't get it...

    Why is a game console going to support desktop operating systems? What does this mean? You can use your console as a PC too? Why would they support Mac with a PPC processor when Apple is moving to Intel? The purpose of all this is lost on me...

  1. PrettyBoyClone

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Odd

    It strikes me as quite odd, that Sony even cares to mention which OS the PS3 will be running. Even more odd is the mention of Tiger as an option, since everybody knows OSX isn't available to anyone but Apple. Maybe they are considering Darwin? ..But still, why mention it? Weird...

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    interesting

    it is interesting if ps3 would support mac os x ppc, while apple sells mac os x intel...

    no chance at all of running ps3 games on a mac...which is probably why sony is considering this...

    what apple gets from it...not sure, maybe to sneak into the home, and build a customer base for future upgrades...dunno

    fun speculation though.

  1. Eug Wanker

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not the first time...

    Ken Kutagi said 2 months ago that the PS3 could be OS X compatible.

    However, I'm still guessing that if it's a common OS that gets supported, it will likely be Linux.

  1. PookJP

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Powerbook Application?

    Yarrgh, I don't know what I'm talking about!

  1. furrylogic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No Apple comment?

    Something that could have such a huge impact as this would usually come with a simultaneous press release from Apple. Note that the article said "Tiger" and not 10.5's "Leopard". It is fully possible that Apple won't eliminate the PPC from its lineup, but instead expand with Intel and keep all options open. One thing that I had been considering for a while now is that Apple would greatly benefit if they customers could add a "PS3 Card" into their G5/Intel Macs and run all of the PS3 games. That would be a great way to support Sony in getting ahead of Microsoft and it would also be a great way to build some game enthusiasm for the Mac. That is a big sore sport for Apple right now. This may be a way to get even greater acceptance of the Mac Mini and to get a major boost in their weak 3D capabilities.

  1. DannyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re:No Apple comment?

    furrylogic: Yeah, this could mean lots of things: - Apple is ready to give Mac OS licensing another try - Could eventually see Vaios running Mac OS X as an option - Macs will have the ability to play PS3 titles. (just to name a few)

    Despite the speculation, there's an obvious friendship between Apple and Sony. Remember at the 2005 MacWorld Expo San Francisco, Steve had Sony's President Kunitake Ando there to show off their HD camcorder--the freaking president, not some unheard of engineer or salesman. I doubt the president of Sony just goes around the world peddling Sony's wares. There has to be something going on between the two companies. I'm sure we'll know by the PS3's launch.

  1. AllenHuffman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Another shoe to drop?

    I guess we wait for the other shoe to drop.

  1. benhur

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    huge!

    I can't remember which topic it was in this forumn but I forwarded an article a while back from ign.com that said the PS3 would run a version of Linux but it wasn't clear which one.

    I think it would be a huge win for Apple and Sony to work together on this. MS and the Xbox 360 is going to be the home media center of the future otherwise. It is designed as a Trojan horse of sorts. It will tie into the MSN music store, Tivo like features, an online comunity, web browsing, basically everything that the pundits where hoping the Mac Mini or something similar would be from Apple by now. All this in addition to playing next gen high definintion games.

    I think if Apple and Sony can put their differences and egos aside and do this, well it's honestly the only way either has a chance in the next big market. Wouldn't it be cool if the PS3 booted OS X? Apple would be in millions more living rooms, iTunes music and video store integration, etc.

    Should stop dreaming, huh?

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