Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2005 20:47 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Games AppleInsider is reporting that Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming console will support Apple's Mac OS X Tiger operating system. "Sony is expected to offer optional hard drives for the PlayStation 3 with potential memory capacity of 80 or 120 GB. 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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unlikely
by on Thu 4th Aug 2005 21:47 UTC

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This is rather unlikely. Sure, it could be made to work.. the PPC core in the Cell is close enough to a PPC 970 that the kernel would probably just need a few tweaks, and if Apple wanted to it could write a boot loader and drivers and such. But it would be a huge amount of work. The PPC core in the Cell uses in-order execution and has a stripped down Altivec unit.

The Cell gets its performance from the SPEs, not from the PPC-like part of the chip. And Mac OS X wouldn't be able to use the SPEs at all. (The SPEs are NOT PPC-compatible.) So Mac OS X would be running only on the PPC core, leaving all those SPEs idle. And 256 MB of RAM really isn't enough for Tiger.

So not bloody likely.

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