A COMPUTER EXPLORER has managed to take a PS4 and turn it into a Linux box that can be used to play Steam games.
Why? Progress, people, and porting. If you can think it, you might as well give it a go. After all, without such invention we would not have seen Windows on an Android smartwatch or Flappy Birds on a smoky stick.
This one is an equal leap of inventive faith, not least because there are much cheaper ways of creating a Linux system for Steam that do not involve invalidating the guarantee and terms and conditions on an expensive Japanese games system.
A video of the port posted on YouTube in April failed to get the attention it deserved. It shows the thing booting up and working, and offers a link to the GitHub repository where you can follow the same lead if you really must.
"I'm using ARCH Linux on PS4 running 1.76 fw," is the short information from YouTuber OsirisX.
"To get Steam to run, you'll need to compile and install BOTH 64-bit and 32-bit patched Radeon libs from fail0verflow."
Unfortunately, a lot of the comments on the story suggest that this is a pointless and expensive waste of time. These are not the kind of people we would invite to read our list of unusual ports.
"CONSOLES TODAY ARE PCs - SO.. I THINK IT ISN'T INTERESTING," shouted one.
Another added: "This gives us even further proof that consoles are nothing but an underpowered PC. While it's cool to see Linux working on PS4 hardware, this must be the least practical thing I saw in a while now.
"So what? You gonna go through all this trouble to install Linux, possibly risking your console getting banned, or even worse bricked, to play old PC and indie games at low-medium settings with unstable frame rates?"
The port works, for sure, but it does seem to have a rather slow bootup. It's not as slow as Windows 95 on an Android smartwatch, but it's probably enough time to make a cup of tea.
It delivers what you were expecting, which is Steam usurping Sony on its own turf and showing some gaming action. µ
Rare protest is blocked at the source (code)
Galaxy Fold... more like Galaxy F***ed
And the nostril-facing webcam has been replaced
No port in a publicity storm