Use console as a computer?

Discussion in 'Games' started by Caezar, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. Caezar macrumors 6502

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    I see that the PS3 can be used as a computer running Linux. Will the Wii and Xbox360 have this functionality as well?
     
  2. clayj macrumors 604

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    The 360 most likely will not, although it's been rumored/speculated that at some point Microsoft may build web and e-mail access into it.
     
  3. 7on macrumors 601

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    The wii OS is supposedly already Linux based. There is also a site that's working on one. Type "wii linux" into google and you might find it.
     
  4. zap2 macrumors 604

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    I'd bet the Wii won't.(atleast supported from Nintendo) 360 might have support from MS But who really knows?!

    Not me:)


    (I'm sure all of them will have a hacked one made just for them, just like xBox, PS2 and NGC all did)
     
  5. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Officially, no. Nintendo is unlikely to support homebrew-type stuff, and Microsoft will have nothing to do with Linux (and Windows would be a pain to port to PowerPC + would be unable to run any regular Windows applications without emulating an x86 processor and we all know how much it sucks at that).

    However, Nintendo is adding PC-like functionality to the Wii all the time. It already has email, photo editing, and according to some user reports the ability to transfer pictures from a bluetooth phone. A web browser and news feed and weather feed are coming soon. And it's got a mouse-like pointer.

    Where'd you hear this?
     
  6. takao macrumors 68040

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    actually the NT kernel was initially developed to get used on many different architectures including PowerPC,MIPS and Alpha processors

    they stopped selling those versions though but i guess they didn't throw the sources away
    and 90% of the kernel is platform independent anyway


    after all the 360 OS is running on a modified windows kernel
     
  7. speakerwizard macrumors 68000

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    also, remember a console may sound powerful, but these specs are geared towards one thing, gaming and fps, not always best for other computing tasks, for example they dont have much ram memory.
     

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