XBMC on PS3?
XBMC, which started out as a Media Center solution for modified versions of the original Xbox, is a part of the open source community and has won the hearts of many as an alternate to Microsoft’s Windows Media Center. This is especially true for Home Theater PC’s (HTPC) which are quickly becoming a central component of the Connected Home. Since then, the XBMC team has dropped support for the Xbox platform due to licensing issues with Microsoft copyright law which makes it impossible to legally produce executable versions of the XBMC platform unless they use Microsoft’s commercial software development kit (SDK). This would make Microsoft the only legal distributor of the XBMC code which obviously goes against what the XBMC team has intended.
However, many familiar companies have forked the XBMC software in order to produce amazing product such as Boxee, iConsole, 9×9 Player for 9x9CloudTV, MediaPortal, and ONEvision who are all supporters of the XBMC development project. If you aren’t up to date on recent developments of XBMC, the popular Media Center software is currently now released on XBMC version 10.1 (Dharma), and is projected to release version 11.0 (Eden) later this year.
Being open source software, the official XBMC team has challenged developers to seek solutions to having its media center placed on any platform they can, but officially only provide support for the iOS (“iDevices” must be jailbroken), Linux, Mac OS X (Snow Leopard, Leopard, Tiger, Apple TV), and Microsoft Windows OS and last, but certainly not least, the bootable Live CD and Live USB standalone version known as XBMC Live. This method allows you to boot the operating system either from a CD or USB drive without having to actually install it on your machine. Cool stuff.
Having said that, there has been a breakthrough on the PlayStation 3 platform by an enthusiast that goes by the name madshaun1984 in which he provides the steps necessary to get XBMC running on the PS3, albeit slowly, via video instructions. At this point the PS3 is NOT a supported platform to run XBMC, however this workaround (please pay attention to firmware version and instructions if you mess with this!) at least shows the possibility of alternative methods of media streaming on the PS3. Who knows, perhaps XBMC via the PS3 may become a reliable option for your home system integration in the near future? Be sure to check out the original article by MadShawn over at PS3Hax.net .
In the meantime, if you haven’t tried XBMC yet, now is as good of a time as any to get started messing around with the latest release of XBMC Dharma (version 10.1) which is officially supported on the:
- Apple TV
- and/or Live(CD/USB Flash Drive) platforms.
Once you’ve tried it, let us know what you think! Which platform performs the best? Please leave a comment and let us know!