Monthly Archives: May 2005
It’s like David vs Goliath. Sony vs Microsoft. Or is that Microsoft vs Sony? Okay, forget David and Goliath. Maybe it’s more like Hitler and Churchill? No no no no. Um… Mac vs Windows? Nope. Yin vs Yang? Nope. Ok, forget the analogies.
But there’s definitely a battle brewing. Microsoft has spoken brashly about how the Xbox 360 will kill the PS3 and claim the throne for itself. Sony, meanwhile has preferred to speak softly and carry a big stick.
Now, I’ve never been much of a Linux fan. I’ve had to use the system and develop on it, and other UNIX’s as well, and I was never really a fan of them. Still not. Too much of a hassle. Give me a Mac or Windows machine any day. But I was curious about what OS the PS3 was running and it turns out that it’s probably Linux!
Two of the last, important, questions still to be answered about the PS3 are: when, and how much? ‘When’ is currently the ambiguous ‘Spring 2006’, which is quite open. That’s anywhere from four to seven months after the release of the Xbox 360. The ‘how much’ was not announced at the big gala to show off the PS3. But now the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbum has claimed that Sony has spoken on the subject.
[Update 19may05: Well, it looks like it’s worse than I thought. Supposedly, Xbox games have to be recompiled to be usable on the Xbox 360. That means you’ll have to get a new version of the game. And… well, I don’t know how that’ll work. Maybe if you stick your Xbox game into your Xbox 360, Xbox Live will download the playable version of the game down to your hard drive. Hmm. Any other ideas?]
The PS2 was backwards compatible with the original PlayStation. Now, I never own an original PlayStation, so when I bought my PS2 that was no big deal. But I did try out a couple PS1 games on my PS2, and I found the compatibility to be not the greatest. But I didn’t care much – they were just a PS1 games after all. Plus, I always figured that people who really want to play PS1 games probably already have a PS1. So personally, I don’t see the big deal about backwards compatibility.
Nintendo has released some pictures of the Nintendo revolution. Not only will the Nintendo Revolution will be backwards compatible with the GameCube, but it will play DVDs, and have downloadable access to 20 years worth of Nintendo 64, SNES, and even NES games.