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What do I need to develop for the Playstation 3?

How can an amateur programmer have access to learn programming on PS3, and test the developments on own PS3? Not only use of CPU but also of GPU.

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marked as duplicate by Joe Wreschnig, Nicol Bolas, Noctrine Mar 22 '12 at 7:12

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You need a development kit from Sony to do this legitimately. These are not cheap and are intended for big AAA games companies. – George Duckett Mar 21 '12 at 11:43
Even if the intention is not to make something for selling? – Ezio A Mar 21 '12 at 11:46
Yes (unfortunately). – George Duckett Mar 21 '12 at 11:48
(Incidentally, the PS3 has a totally uninteresting GPU. You're better off on just about any other platform if you want to play with one.) – user744 Mar 21 '12 at 21:09
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You need a development kit from Sony to do this legitimately. These are not cheap and are intended for big AAA games companies.

This is the case regardless of whether you intend to sell what you make.

If you just want to get a game on a console, probably the best bet is the Xbox 360, with their Live Indie Games program.

See also: The true cost to get my XNA game on XBox?

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I was not interested in selling anything, just wanted to learn and test directly on console. I'm attracted to the PS3 by its particular characteristics. But if can't be, won't be :) – Ezio A Mar 21 '12 at 11:56
There are some less legal ways to develop on PS3. – Tili Mar 21 '12 at 17:16
Recently, the Electronic Frontiers Foundation won an exemption from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow for legal jailbreaking of smart phones, amongst other things. They are now pushing for this exemption to be expanded to allow for legal jailbreaking of game consoles to allow homebrew development. Having said that, the PS3 homebrew scene does not seem as well organised as, for example, the Wii or Gameboy scene. – Peter Serwylo Mar 22 '12 at 5:32

If you are interested in programming the PS3's Cell processor with its SPUs, you can download the Cell SDK and the simulator for linux here

If you have access to a blade-machine you can directly compile it for the CELL and execute it natively. It used to work with old PS3 OS versions too, unfortunetely they removed the ability to install linux.

However, its fun and a great learning experience in case you like low level programming :)

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