Will the upcoming PlayStation 3 be a gaming system or a computer? Perhaps, it will be a little of both. Sony Executives say that common digital lifestyle applications for photo and video editing will be included with the new PlayStation 3.
Although Sony has yet to decide on an operating system for the PS3, it’s likely to be based on Unix/Linux and not Windows to avoid paying royalties to Microsoft, makers of rival product the Xbox. Sony even mentions Linux and Mac OS X Tiger as potential supported operating systems.
“Sony is expected to offer optional hard drives for the PS3 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. 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).” [Via Sony.co.uk]
The PlayStation 3 hits stores sometime during the Spring of 2006.