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 zima on Fri 28th Jun 2013 23:57 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Best case, worst case"
zima
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The PS3 had an implementation of OpenGL ES available. Nobody used it. Instead, they used Sony's API, which was closer to the hardware, and had much less overhead.

Even on the Xbox 360, the API used isn't really Direct3D 9. It's very similar, but again, it's closer to the hardware with less overhead than the desktop version.

I wonder, this "closer to the hardware and with less overhead" characteristic also applied to the Glide API of the Voodoo 3D accelerators, right?

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