Back when the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were announced in 2013, I recall there was much talk about the “end of console gaming” because both consoles had x86 architecture. In effect, that makes them barely different than most modern PCs. This knowledge hasn’t caused the great, total shift to PC gaming that forum prophets foretold at the time, of course, but a recent video showing a PS4 running Linux Steam games reveals just how closely the device is related to ordinary PCs.
The actual programming is the work of the console hacking team “fail0verflow,” who announced that they’d managed to make the PS4 run Linux at Germany’s Chaos Communication Congress event last January. Back then, they’d only managed to get the system to run an emulator for 2001’s Gameboy Advance, but now that they’ve managed to figure out how to accelerate the PS4’s GPU, we can get a better idea of what this means for more contemporary games.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht