Sony will release in May a kit that lets Linux run on PlayStation 2.
The company said that it's taking pre-orders for the kit which includes a 40Gb hard disk, an Ethernet adapter, a mouse and a keyboard.
It will cost $200 in the US and around £150 in Europe.
Sony hopes that Linux hobbyists who tinker with the PlayStation will be encouraged to become games designers for the platform.
A Sony spokesman said that the aim of the plan was to recruit an army of PlayStation developers.
He added that this product was not expected to make a profit, just break even.
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