Linux part of PlayStation 2 console

Linux part of PlayStation 2 console

Pooh-poohing recent rumours that Sony's much-anticipated PlayStation 2 would run on the open-source Linux operating system, a spokeswoman at Sony last week said Linux is only being used in the development of the company's new gaming console.

"Linux is being used in the development of the PlayStation 2, but the console itself will run on a proprietary Sony OS," said Sony Computer Entertainment spokeswoman Masami Nakamura. Sony Computer Entertainment is the division of Sony overseeing the PlayStation 2 project.

While Sony's competitors - including Nintendo and Sega - have recently announced Internet- boosted versions of their game consoles that may require a more PC-like OS, Sony has yet to commit to a Net-surfing feature on the PlayStation 2, according to Nakamura.

Due to ship in Japan early next year and overseas in the second half of 2000, Sony's PlayStation 2 is being billed as the fastest gaming console yet. The machine's 128-bit, 300MHz processor is being jointly developed by Sony and Toshiba and will be three times faster than Intel's Pentium III, according to Sony.

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