> Just a few questions/thoughts about SONY's black PlayStation
> (Designed to help us poor guys & gals learn development for their syst
> at a reduced cost)
> 1) Why do you only get a very basic set of libraries?
> (Are they waiting for talented programmers to find new ways of accessi
> the hardware and push the envelope of what the machine can do?)
I'm not sure it's possible to go lower level with Yaroze, there are
plenty of programmers finding 'new ways' of accessing the hardware with
the full price dev kits.
Quote:> 2) Why must the CD drive be used for boot up when programmers might wi
> to use CD audio in their programs?
Just part of the protection system.
Quote:> 3) Why do SONY say so little about the license agreement in the FAQ's?
> (I believe that you lose the development bits when the agreement lapse
another part of it.
Quote:> 4) How many people here have been using a Yaroze?
I have no idea, it depends how many people fell for it, I thought it was
pretty amusing, 'in the old days, people could sit in their bedroom and
write games for their old 8 bit computers, consoles have made this
impossible but we at Sony have made Yaroze so it's now feasible again,
all you need to do is buy a PC to plug it into...', at the time they
announced it it sort of made sense, as you could just about buy a cheap
PC and a Yaroze for less than a similarly powerful PC games development
setup, but cheaper 3D accelerators, properly working openGL and D3D and
cheaper versions of Watcom, MSVC++ and a win32 compatible Gnu compiler,
combined with the usual falling PC prices mean this is no longer true.
Quote:> 5) Could you see yourself being able to develop a decent product with
Apparently the libraries they provide were used for the original ridge
racer, which also loaded in one go and just used the CD for music, so
yes you can, but not to the standard of today's best.
Quote:> 6) How keen are developers these days to pay for partially finished
> projects from a home-based programmer?
> (It's unlikely that a lone programmer would have the time/skills to ha
> everything just right)
It's possible I guess, it's more likely that a Yaroze programmer could
use a demo to get a job, I know we have one in the office just in case
anyone sends a Yaroze demo with his CV/Resume but I don't know if this
has actually happened yet
> What is REALLY going on here?
I Think Sony saw it as a way of getting access to a lot of game demos
while making a small profit on the hardware, not quite the philanthropic
gesture they claimed but not the con trick that some paranoid types
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