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Sony PS4 Features Modified FreeBSD 9

Sony's PlayStation 4 with DualShock Controllers and PlayStation Camera | Wikipedia

Sony’s PlayStation 4 with DualShock Controllers and PlayStation Camera | Wikipedia

It was reported that the operating system for Sony’s PlayStation 4 is a FreeBSD 9. Information regarding the OS was shared at VGLeaks, which is based on the second-gen development kit for the upcoming game console.

As it turns out, the console is running on Orbis OS, which is the company’s spin of FreeBSD 9.0. The use of FreeBSD over Linux is not surprising, partly because of the more liberal licensing. What makes it easier to use FreeBSD is the fact that the PS4 is x86_64 based instead of Cell-based.

But the fact that Sony is using an AMD eight-core APU with Radeon graphics on PS4 is what piqued the interest of gaming enthusiasts. There is no available Catalyst driver for any BSD OS as of the moment, while the open-source driver ported from Linux with Radeon KMS and Gallium3D is still in primitive state.

That’s why it is possible that Sony cooperated with AMD to develop a graphics driver for PS4. It is also possible that they’ve ported the Catalyst code-base to BSD.

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