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27. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 14, 2013, 07:49 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Feb 14, 2013, 01:15:
Beamer wrote on Feb 13, 2013, 23:26:
It's not a Windows machine. It's not even x86. It's running a custom IBM PowerPC chip based off of some of the innovations IBM put into the Cell.

Yeah, I thought it was a normal 3 core chip they'd put in, but I guess not. So much for (likely) backwards compatibility...

Speaking of PS2 emulators, can someone recommend a good one? Been thinking about playing some of my old FF games, and my PS2 bought the bucket a year or so ago. Do those emulators allow any form of saving at all?

Creston
There's a book, The Race to a New Game Machine, that is pretty interesting, going into detail about how much time and effort Sony and IBM put into designing the Cell, and then Microsoft called the same team at IBM and said "hey, we'd like that, but less weird." The Xbox chip is largely based on the Cell, only toned down to be symmetrical and more like a regular PowerPC chip. It was a smarter decision, but only possible because years were spent designing the Cell just for the PS3 (and other things that never happened.)
 
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