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Is Java going to move into the Game Platform environments (PS, XBox, GC)?

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syhaas
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I would love to see a Java port to a gaming system. I know there are a few commercial games that use Java on the PC, but that's not my concern. I am very curious when and if Java will make a move to implement gaming platforms outside of the PC market. This would be a huge move for all Java developers, game lovers, as well as the Java community as a whole.

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javakiddy
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There was a blog on a related matter recently. I think there are good opportunities for Java on the next generation of consoles. In the past Sony have tried to open up the PlayStation to 'back bedroom' programmers, by releasing the Yaroze (cheap PS1 development model) and their PS2 Linux (with most of their development libraries). The problem with these efforts was that nothing produced on them could be (easily) run on a bog standard PlayStation - your audience needed the same development kit.

The new generation of consoles are network enabled as standard, and the current 'buzz phrase' pushed by manufacturers is 'user created content'. Obviously this means music and other digital media - but for games this can also mean user created levels and characters, etc. So why not user created games, downloadable from a central on-line resource?

We're talking PacMan and Space Invaders here - not Quake or Metal Gear Solid (both of which had million dollar budgets way outside the possibility of amateurs).

Java's security capabilities, its reasonably friendly syntax, and the fact that it is taught on many high school and college programming courses, makes it a good choice for user *programmed* content on these new consoles. Perhaps someone should bring this to the attention of Sony etc, if they aren't aware of it already?

smartinumcp
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Sony uses C so no reason a java VM couldn't call native methods plus just dump the VM on the CD.

syhaas
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Do you know how developers/companies can get the SDK's from these companies and/or APIs?