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Linux & Steam running on the PS4 playing Bastion is impressive

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What you can do what Linux always impresses me, but this has to be what has impressed me the most recently.

People have been hacking away at it and it's great to see how far along this is. This video shows off Arch Linux running on the PS4 using the patches found here.

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TheMagazine 22 May 2016 at 7:52 pm UTC
Woah!
psymin 22 May 2016 at 8:00 pm UTC
Oh man. If I could dual boot SteamOS or Linux on a PS4 that would make it worth getting one!
wolfyrion 22 May 2016 at 8:25 pm UTC
A friend of mine called me that he had a logitech PS3 Wheel to give me for Free because he had no use for it.

http://support.logitech.com/en_my/product/driving-force-wireless

Well I dont know the real reason why he didnt want to use it anymore , maybe he replaced his ps3 with ps4 and was not working? maybe it was not working in Windows ? or maybe he broke his ps3?

Well with my friend we have a small friendly fight Windows Vs Linux every time we meet...
Anyway I invited him to come to my house so we can test the Wheel...

At the start he was teasing me if there are any racing games available for Linux...
I told him that many racing games are available but we can play GRID Autosport since is one of the best racing games available in Linux...

Anyway I pluged in the Wheel ...and launched the game
(He got confused and said , ehh ... arent you going to install any drivers ??? how the heck is going to work???)


With a great surprise everything was working perfectly in the game , even the wheel was vibrating,shaking, etc and without any configuration...

You had to see his face...

I was surprised as well but now I have a racing wheel which I have to learn with it how to drive because is a bit hard atm ...


Last edited by wolfyrion at 22 May 2016 at 8:26 pm UTC
Snowdrake 22 May 2016 at 8:49 pm UTC
Well, the ps4 is basically a PC (and don't forget that ps4's operating system, "Orbis OS", is a modified BSD) so running any modern pc operating system shouldn't be a problem. (I believe, the trickiest part should be installing and getting the boot loader to actually work)
Psycic101 22 May 2016 at 8:49 pm UTC
wolfyrionA friend of mine called me that he had a logitech PS3 Wheel to give me for Free because he had no use for it.

http://support.logitech.com/en_my/product/driving-force-wireless

Well I dont know the real reason why he didnt want to use it anymore , maybe he replaced his ps3 with ps4 and was not working? maybe it was not working in Windows ? or maybe he broke his ps3?

Well with my friend we have a small friendly fight Windows Vs Linux every time we meet...
Anyway I invited him to come to my house so we can test the Wheel...

At the start he was teasing me if there are any racing games available for Linux...
I told him that many racing games are available but we can play GRID Autosport since is one of the best racing games available in Linux...

Anyway I pluged in the Wheel ...and launched the game
(He got confused and said , ehh ... arent you going to install any drivers ??? how the heck is going to work???)


With a great surprise everything was working perfectly in the game , even the wheel was vibrating,shaking, etc and without any configuration...

You had to see his face...

I was surprised as well but now I have a racing wheel which I have to learn with it how to drive because is a bit hard atm ...

Win!
Cimeryd 22 May 2016 at 9:39 pm UTC
Fun that they got it to work, but I'd rather use my PS4 as a PS4 and my computer as the home for Linux. It's the same reason I'd never install Linux on a Mac. It works better than expected, but the software is the only reason to pay such a high price for the hardware, and if you replace the software, you've just bought an overpriced PC.
melkemind 22 May 2016 at 9:51 pm UTC
CimerydFun that they got it to work, but I'd rather use my PS4 as a PS4 and my computer as the home for Linux. It's the same reason I'd never install Linux on a Mac. It works better than expected, but the software is the only reason to pay such a high price for the hardware, and if you replace the software, you've just bought an overpriced PC.

Even with the Mac software, you've still bought an overpriced PC.

Also, it looked like they booted into Linux from within the PS4 interface, meaning both OSes were still installed.


Last edited by melkemind at 22 May 2016 at 9:53 pm UTC
wvstolzing 22 May 2016 at 9:56 pm UTC
Cimerydbut the software is the only reason to pay such a high price for the hardware, and if you replace the software, you've just bought an overpriced PC.

Not all Macs are overpriced for what you get in terms of hardware. I believe even Linus Torvalds uses Fedora on a MacBook Air.

Though for the price, the PS4 makes a pretty impressive little PC. What are NUCs priced at? And at any rate, do they come with discrete graphics?
GustyGhost 22 May 2016 at 10:22 pm UTC
SnowdrakeWell, the ps4 is basically a PC (and don't forget that ps4's operating system, "Orbis OS", is a modified BSD) so running any modern pc operating system shouldn't be a problem. (I believe, the trickiest part should be installing and getting the boot loader to actually work)
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I understand where you're coming from and why you say that, sure it employs x86 and whatnot, but unless something follows the IBM compatible open PC architecture, it is *not* basically a PC.
ElectricPrism 22 May 2016 at 11:08 pm UTC
wolfyrionA friend of mine called me that he had a logitech PS3 Wheel to give me for Free because he had no use for it.
...

Well with my friend we have a small friendly fight Windows Vs Linux every time we meet...
Anyway I invited him to come to my house so we can test the Wheel...

At the start he was teasing me
...
Anyway I pluged in the Wheel ...and launched the game

(He got confused and said , ehh ... arent you going to install any drivers ??? how the heck is going to work???)

.. everything was working perfectly in the game , even the wheel was vibrating,shaking, etc and without any configuration...

You had to see his face...

That Linux Boner you get when things work better than Windows or OSX.

✓ Oh shit, my GUI is locked up, no prob switching to TTY 3.

✓ Not having fatty iTunes gobble up 70% of the Ram and CPU.

✓ Tabs on File Manager

✓ $400 Free Office Suite that kills Microsoft Office - WPS.com (Only free on Linux)

✓ No glass ceiling to your IT skills, the more CLI you know the more limitless control you have on your OS.

✓ SSH connect to other Linux PCs on the LAN for SCP, Rsync, to issue installing updates, power on or off the machine remotely, etc..

✓ Get a New Motherboard, CPU, RAM -- looks like you're going to need to reinstall the Operating System! On Windows you get a BSOD, on Linux the OS boots up switching from LGA 1366 i7 940 to LGA 1151 i7 6700k. No hickups.

✓ That moment when you realize that the US government and Microsoft can come snoop in your files for no reason without consent or a warrant.

✓ Encrypted Filesystems, Encrypted .IMG of Filesystems on Encrypted Filesystems if you want that sorta thing.

✓ My games from 16 years ago will work 16 years later on Linux with minimal hackish fixes usually.

✓ Windows Games on Linux

✓ Better CPU and RAM performance

And in the Microsoft Operating System Camp this is pretty much it

✓ Works better with Specific Software, Photoshop, Illustrator, CAD, 3DStudioMax, etc..

✓ When shit hasn't frozen up it usually doesn't inhibit your professional workflow and you can make $$$ not worrying about the OS needing attention

✓ When it works it works okay, when it breaks it breaks horribly and is usually unfixable without reinstalling Windows. (But hey, more License $$$$ to Microsoft, that's good for them.)
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