Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Jun 2013 15:20 UTC, submitted by sheokand
Games Pretty cool stuff: the PlayStation 4 apparently runs on a version of FreeBSD 9.0 modified by Sony and renamed to 'Orbis OS'. Second generation developer kits use GNU GRUB to boot, and allow you to boot into a graphical or a console mode. Not much else is known at this point, but it's a fun bit of information, and perhaps a boon to homebrew developer and hackers.
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RE[2]: Best case, worst case
by Lobotomik on Tue 25th Jun 2013 14:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Best case, worst case"
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2006-01-03

Having selected an AMD64 CPU, an AMD GPU and a Unix O/S they can now take advantage of the years of effort of AMD in perfecting their Open GL drivers, and the years of effort of thousands of programmers learning Open GL; or they can spend a ton of money and a long, long time to end up, late, with a half baked POS.

Seeing how the PS architecture has jumped from freaky to almost standard PC, I would be very surprised if they did not cash in on all of the advantages of standardization.

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RE[3]: Best case, worst case
by moondevil on Tue 25th Jun 2013 16:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Best case, worst case"
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2005-07-08

Why wouldn't Sony just keep using the graphics libraries they already have and invested so many years expertise?

Professional game developers don't care about APIs, they use whatever is required to deliver a product.

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RE[4]: Best case, worst case
by Lobotomik on Tue 25th Jun 2013 17:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Best case, worst case"
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2006-01-03

I think because they have the whole opengl for free, maintained for them by AMD, with procedural shaders, gl computing language and the whole works. And because there is a much larger pool of programmers that can take advantage of that.

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