Archive for June, 2005
Sony, IBM, and Toshiba have ported Linux to the Cell processor. IBM’s developerWorks has published a detailed article about the port. Sony’s Kutaragi has said that the PS3′s HDD will come with Linux installed. That way the PS3 will be recognized as a computer. I think that’s for red tape purposes getting machines across borders, if I remember correctly.
Back to Linux. I don’t like it. It’s too much like Unix. I’ve had to use Linux, and develop on Linux, and it was not a pleasant experience. Linux is antagonistic to people named Henning. Just installing software is often a chore. One of the few things I liked about using Linux is WindowMaker. WindowMaker mimics NextSTEP, the OS developed by Steve Jobs, bought by Apple, and morphed into Mac OS X. Too bad I came home with bruises and lacerations on the day I installed it.
That said, if you don’t try anything fancy Linux can be tolerable. And just for the geekiness factor I think it would be cool to give PS3 Linux a try. I hope when the time comes it’ll have been improved since the last time I used it. Since my PS3 will be hooked up to my HDTV, when I download a trailer for a game or movie, I’ll be able to watch it nicely on my home theater instead of on my 19″ monitor. I’ll also… um… well… there must be something else Linux is good for. But I’m drawing a blank.
I just hope it runs WindowMaker.
EA is the big boy, the main man, the big pig, of the gaming world. It’s strange to be writing those words today, because I just got an e-mail from EA asking me to contact them about employment opportunities in Vancouver. I’d love to create PS3 or 360 games, but I wouldn’t love the Vancouver rain so much. Or the overtime. I prefer to put in a good day of work and then go home, spend time with my family, and then play games or write or whatever. As a matter of fact, tonight is games night at my place and I rented Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. I hope it’s good. Hmm, what a coincidence. The game is by Ubisoft. Isn’t EA trying to buy them out or something?
EA is doing something right, however, even without me. And they plan to be number one for quite some time. Warren Jenson, CFO of EA, said that EA’s number one priority right now is to deliver great entertainment. The second priority is to be ready for the next generation. Being a leader when a new round of consoles hits is very important. Mr. Jenson said: “If you look at our shares the last go-round in transition, our segment shares improved very dramatically by really being the leader.”
Of course, this means EA will have some games ready for the launches of the 360 and PS3, and maybe even the Revolution as well. We’ll get to see how many and of what quality, and how they fare against competitors. Will their lineups solidy their position as king, or will it weaken it?
A coworker of mine took the new Audi A3 for a test drive and he was quite impressed. The power and handling in the rain was fantastic. He’s also smitten with how good the car looks. Personally, I’m not a big fan of hatchbacks, but it’s still a great car. I don’t think I’ll be able to afford a ride like this anytime soon, so the closest I get is a game like Need for Speed.
I took a look at the Need for Speed: Most Wanted trailer today and it looks mighty fine. I’m a big fan of racing games, especially four-player ones. So I’m really looking forward to seeing what this one can do, and it better be four-player. Todd, you listening? I hope you buy this one. Although the trailer showed lots of flying and not so much driving, it did get to show off some great environments this way. The movement of the cars near the end of the trailer looked a little off, but hopefully they’ll fix that for the final release. EA is releasing this game in the fall for the Xbox 360, and I can only hope it’ll make its way to the PS3 as well. Given EA’s track record, this is quite likely.
Project Gotham Racing 2 is my favourite racing game, and it’s on the Xbox. Bizarre Creations is hard at work on PGR3 for the 360, and has a couple amazing screenshots to show off.
I just had to laugh when I saw this one. It’s a picture of someone holding the new (and yes, silly looking) PS3 controller. Except that the controller looks really really small. So small it’s unusable. The hand holding the controller is gloved, so I think there’s some trickery going on here, because only really small children could comfortably hold the controller.
Thanks anyways guys, that was a good one.
Showing that the PS3′s brain is good for something other than games, IBM has signed Mercury Computer Systems to build computers based on the Cell. Mercury Computer Systems traditionally builds systems for image and signal processing applications.
Under the terms of an agreement, Mercury and IBM (nyse: IBM – news – people ) will codevelop products with powerful graphics-processing needs, for which the Cell processor chips were specifically designed. IBM has said it has no plans to sell the chip on the merchant market directly, but instead will custom-design versions of the chip aimed at specific applications. Neither IBM nor Mercury described exactly what they will develop, but they say the chips could be used in computers aimed at several types of customers, including Mercury’s traditional defense and medical-imaging precuts, plus telecommunications and seismic research.