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AFAIK there is no way you can hack Playstation's games into xBox due to different architecture of xBox (Intel) and PS2 (RISC), hence different software design and optimization; as you most probably know there are versions of the same game for xBox and PS as well as some for game cubes. I am getting PS2 (FREE, I already bragged about it in another post here) plus I am planning to get linux kit for PS2 on the money I saved on PS2 deal .
Personally - and this is personally - I would get a PS2 rather than an Xbox cus the Xbox is M$ funded, and you can purchase add-ons for the PS2 that run Linux, although you can't run PS2 games whilst in Linux on the PS2.
How do you compare powerfullness of Xbox to PS2? Stephany, really, you cannot compare the two, one is intel another one is RISC, the only drawback of PS2 is lack of sufficient amount of RAM (32Mb of RAMBUS isn't impressive vs 64Mb of DDR SDRAM for xBox), but I am sure PS2'll handle linux flawlessly.
I am lookin into buying an Xbox (being that I can run Linux on it
You can run linux on the xbox
Is this possible, forgive me for being stupid but I havent got any game consoles, I am planning on buying one soon though so any advice or links is appreciated, a PS2 is a definite no no though, I've better games on my P3 450 than any I've seen on a PS2 IMO, Deus Ex being one of them
So, it's an xbox or nintendos latest, cant remember the name of it
I think there's a prize for if and when you can run Linux on one, unmodded and legally (i.e. not reverse engineering the bootloader or something and hence violating a copyright).
As far as the debate goes... I'm still a big fan of the PS2, despite the fact that I just don't want to feed the Beast anymore, I can't stand the idea of the game network being a wholy owned MS subsidiary... so my ability to play one of their games online is up to MS to keep the infrastructure together. I'de rather deal with whether the game maker keeps their kit up to date in the world of the PS2.
Oh, you know the cheat in GTA3 that turns all of the civilians into well armed psycho-paths? Sometimes referred to as "Beirut Mode", once you learn how to survive in that for half an hour or longer, the game just gets boring, don't ever turn that on.
These are my reasons for PS2 - mostly nothing to do with the fact that it runs linux natively.
1. I heard developers in Japan say that you program closer to the metal with PS2. I like that idea more than building proprietary firmware interfaces and libraries for Xbox.
2. PS2 was a groundbreaker too. For a short while there were (ahem, US imposed) export regulations on the PS2 processor - it is possible to create a cluster with them if you can run linux on them.
3. It's an open development model which can only really be a good thing.
4. The company behind Xbox is behaving very badly towards its modchip customers too (although they're not saints either!) which would make me go for PS2. Everytime.
5. There is the advocacy issue too. It's a great rebuttal to the "linux hasn't got any decent games though ... " tack.
well ps2 is a technically inferior machine, but having said that there are crap all games out there for xbox...
said on the register this morning that if you go online with xbox with a mod chip on your system, then you will be permanently banned from the network, even if you remove the chip and try again... lovely.