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Tooth and Tail RTS Crossplay is now live

tooth and tail rts crossplay is now live for linux mac windows ps4

Tooth and Tail the multiplayer RTS is now available via Crossplay on Linux, Mac and Windows with PS4. So eager fans and those willing to challenge those PS4 players. It’s time.

Rocket League now has 40 million players

rocket league now has 40 million players across linux mac windows

Rocket League has definitely become popular having amassed 40 million players world wide across Linux, Mac and Windows. Still one of the most enjoyable and most played games. Psyonix have released the on multiple platforms and it is still a hit around the world.

Developer Psyonix, have announced a new milestone on Twitter. Which is of course the games new player count.

PS4 and Arch running native Linux games on the console using older firmware

Recently, there is has been some talk about a YouTube #video #released showing Steam’s Linux client #running on a PS4.
This video shows creator OsirisX browsing the Steam library before launching into Bastion, running at full-speed.

Other Linux games are said to work well, but not with their maximum settings. Plus the video’s description outlines the process was made possible by Arch Linux, libraries from fail0evrflow, and a console running the now much older firmware version 1.76.

The whole concept of running Linux on a PlayStation is nothing new. Originally when the Playstations 3 released there was official supported the installation of the open-source operating system, but this functionality was later removed, outlining that there were concerns of piracy taking place on the console. And lets face it, a Linux machine that can console disc’s would be a given to anyone interested in making “back-ups” of their games.

However, the difference with the PS4 console is that it is powered by an x86 processor, which was typically standard in most desktop PCs. And thanks to the explosion in the amount of games available for Linux, this makes for a relatively cost-effective PC to play games on.
But the practice of using a PS4 to install and run Linux games is limited, due to system requirements for most modern titles, plus the use of an older version of the PS4’s operating system. And as a safeguard, Sony does not make it easy for users to roll-back their firmware, given how this could reintroduce security exploits that have already been patched.

Either way, it is interesting to see how functional the PS4 can be, let alone how veratile Linux is now that we have over 2100 titles available and climbing.


Check out Street Fighter V full length CG Trailer


Just one more week to go before the launch of Street Fighter V and #Capcom on released a #fulllength CG #trailer. The three-minute video highlight characters old and new, using a rather metal backing track to get players hyped. The art style is impressive. Check it out:

Street Fighter V launches on February 16 in North America and Europe for Linux, Windows PC and PS4, supporting cross-play between platforms. Along with a story mode that will launch for the game this summer as a free update.

Are you looking forward to Street Fighter V? What do you make of this new video?


PlayStation 4 homebrew Linux running Pokemon

PlayStation 4 homebrew Linux running Pokemon

When looking at #consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems they are just PCs. Now some #hardware console-hacking group Fail0verflow have cracked the PlayStation 4 and loaded it up with a version of Linux, turning the PS4 into a real PC. Sony took on the PC-style architecture for the PS4 after some experimenting with exotic chips. And now that has come around, to the point where the console is running a desktop operating system, Gentoo.

Fail0verflow have also booted a Game Boy Advance emulator and a modded copy of Pokémon, entitled the “PlayStation Version.”

Check out the full demonstration below:

What is really interesting about the Game Boy emulator, Fail0verflow connected an actual Game Boy Advance to the PlayStation 4 to serve as the controller. Probably not the best way to play old portable games but it does shows that the hacking group has control over the PS4 system.

Getting this deep integration with the PS4 means that Fail0verflow have gathered a solid understanding of the consoles functionality. The group pointed out that any differences between the PS4 and a PC are “crazy”, are even “batshit crazy.” Going on to say that the engineers of semiconductor company Marvell Technology Group were “smoking some real good stuff” when designing the PlayStation 4’s southbridge chip.

Linux on a PlayStation is not really that crazy. Gamers will likely remember the PlayStation 3 launched with a feature called “OtherOS” that enabled anyone to load the system with Linux or another operating system. Sony later removed that feature, but there is community of homebrewers that kept it alive on their own.

What does this mean for Linux and gaming, further capability. Not only does this open doors for the community at large, it shows a further capability for Linux as a gaming OS. Believe it or not we see the direction Valve is aiming for and the possibilities using a stable operating system. And now with the coming of the Vulkan API, this will mark a further advance in the market, giving gamers the potential of having their own custom build, or rather, homebrew Steam Machines. Or custom built super consoles? It’s your choice.

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