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Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Sony To Bring Playstation Games To Home Computers?
9:09 AM | Cord Kruse | 17 comments

According to Macsimum News, Sony has applied to patent a new compiler capable of rendering Playstation games playable on both Intel and Motorola processors. Whether or not the patent indicates a chance for the new technology to benefit Mac users remains to be seen.

The big question that can’t be answered by this patent is perhaps the most important. That is, being that the system is described in such a manner that a PowerPC system will be able to run CD’s written for an Intel based system and vice versa, will their “dynamic compiler” be restricted to Sony based Systems? Meaning – is their new emulation scheme simply designed to allow Sony desktop and notebooks to run Playstation games and Intel productivity software to run on the PlayStation – or – will Sony be opening up their PlayStation games to be run on any PC systems such as Intel Macs?

Being that Apple joined the Blu-ray Disc Association board on March 10, 2005; you have to wonder if Apple and Sony could come to some sort of an agreement on video games that would benefit both parties. Back in March I posted a report which included a photo of Steve Jobs with a Sony Bravia HDTV being prominently displayed in one of his slides. Again in March, I posted another report that touched on Intel’s truly amazing Conroe gaming demo that reached speeds of 111 frames per second (fps). By combining Conroe with Sony’s advanced emulator and a top line Nvidia graphics card – Apple’s Intel Mac would be one stunning gaming platform in time for this Christmas. Sony on the other hand would like nothing more than to be able to penetrate the PC market with PlayStation games in order to strike back at Microsoft in their own back yard.

For the rest of the story, which includes a more detailed description of the compiler concept, follow the link below.

Macsimum News: Sony Patent

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