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[7]: Best case, worst case
by moondevil on Wed 26th Jun 2013 07:39 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Best case, worst case"
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

Nice description.

I really don't get how this legend that everyone else in the games industry besides Microsoft uses OpenGL got started in the FOSS world.

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benytocamela Member since:
2013-05-16

Perhaps because OpenGL is widespread in mobile devices, and even though it is not the API of choice in the PS3 it's still available as an option there as well.

Edited 2013-06-26 08:51 UTC

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RE[9]: Best case, worst case
by moondevil on Wed 26th Jun 2013 09:47 in reply to "RE[8]: Best case, worst case"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Perhaps because OpenGL is widespread in mobile devices


Only thanks to Apple. Before the iPhone, it only existed in a few selected Symbian devices implemented as a software render. If you wanted performance you needed to use something else.

, and even though it is not the API of choice in the PS3 it's still available as an option there as well.


An option that nobody actually uses when they care about performance and the PS3 is just one console among many.

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