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3D Accelerated Graphics Are Coming to PS3 Linux


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283w ago - The new Mesa 7.5 has been [Register or Login to view links] recently.

The interesting thing about it is that it is first release to contain [Register or Login to view links] architecture for "OS-independent and API-independent 3D drivers" which in turn contains drivers for various devices such as:

• softpipe - a software/reference driver
• i915 - Intel 915/945 driver
• Cell - IBM/Sony/Toshiba Cell processor driver
• nouveau (for NVIDIA GPUs) and R300 for (AMD/ATI R300)

You can read about state of Cell driver [Register or Login to view links].

This in fact will bring accelerated 3D graphics to PS3 where the graphics processing won't be done by RSX but by employing SPUs. This would vastly enhance usability of Linux running on PS3 by providing one of the things it's lacking now...



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#12 - setTopbox - 283w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Coolie4 View Post
Protection against pirated games. what else

Linux is able to read burned games, whereas GameOS is not.
Only problem is that linux cannot play any 3d games because its not fast enough (hypervisor).

I'm not sure if blocking off the RSX was for piracy. Even if you could access the graphics card in linux, it doesn't help you run unsigned code under GameOS.

Some people have said it was to prevent any competing games from poping up on the linux side. But even that is kind of ridiculous, how many people are going to play tux racer instead of wipeout

#11 - Coolie4 - 283w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by semitope View Post
Why isnt there 3d access to the rsx in linux? whats the security benefit?

Protection against pirated games. what else

Linux is able to read burned games, whereas GameOS is not.
Only problem is that linux cannot play any 3d games because its not fast enough (hypervisor).

ARGGGG

#10 - setTopbox - 283w ago
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Might I suggest that everyone rush over to the boxee/xbmc forums and encourage the devs to get to work on a PS3 port ASAP?

This was the only reason some of the XBMC dev's claimed there would never be a PS3 port.

#9 - gaferion - 283w ago
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I wonder how soon the different linux distributions will get this in their repositories. I haven't played around with Linux on the PS3 recently, but with wireless controllers working and now 3D acceleration it may be time to get it setup again with emulators to test it out.

What I would like to know is how many SPUs will this utilize, and since there are multiple SPUs in the PS3 couldn't some be used for 3d acceleration and others for CPU power? Or maybe I don't have a good understanding of how they are utilized when booted in linux?

#8 - Malignant - 283w ago
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Now this is wonderful news.

Maybe there will be some progress in a mediacenter app running from linux, like xbmc.

 

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