Playstation 3 to support OSX?

Written by Jason Cundall

August 5, 2005 | 10:30

Tags: #cell #osx #playstation-3 #powerpc #ps3

Companies: #apple #ibm #intel #sony

Sony has let slip on it's UK website that their forthcoming uber-console will support Cupertino's Tiger operating system:

The processor in Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming console will support Apple's Mac OS X Tiger operating system according to a recent posting to Sony's UK website.

The highly anticipated successor to the PlayStation 2 is expected to hit the streets in 2006, shortly after Microsoft releases its rival XBox 360 system.

"Sony is expected to offer optional hard drives for the PlayStation 3 with potential memory capacity of 80 or 120 GB. It remains to be decided whether the standard version of the PS3 will come complete with a hard drive," reads a company statement.

"The operating system has also yet to be clarified. The integrated Cell processor will be able to support a variety of operating systems (such as Linux or Apple's Tiger)."

More from AppleInsider here.

It's not that surprising that the Cell processor in the PS3 could technically support OSX; After all the CPU is derived from IBM's PowerPC chips, which, until some time next year, is the only processor that 'officially' runs Apple's OS... What is interesting is whether this support is still in the offing, despite the posting on the Sony site - after all, Apple has switched to Intel processors, leaving Sony's CPU supplier, IBM, in the cold.

Is this old info that's slipped, or will we really be able to buy a cheap(ish) PS3 and load Tiger onto it? And if we will be able to, what are the ramifications for things like the Mac Mini? From whispers on the net, the PS3 will cost less than an entry level mini, and will be much, much more powerful...

Interesting, eh? Discuss the possibilities of such support in the news forum here.
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