We have received a few inquires recently, including through these forums, concerning the possibility of retargeting our ahead-of-time Java compiler
to cross compile to Sony PlayStation(R)2.
We had no such short-term plans, but I have nevertheless contacted Sony Tools and Middleware Licensing Group to find out if, from their perspective, there is any interest in the PS2 developer community in having the Java platform available on PS2, and how we should go about retargeting to PS2.
The answers are as follows:
1. Sony Tools and Middleware is not aware of any interest in Java availability for PS2 from the game developer community.
To tell Sony T&M that you want Java on PS2, please visit their Web site: http://www.tmstation.scei.co.jp/
2. If we want to make a development tool for PS2, we should buy the Tools and Middleware license. The price for a three-year license (set in Japanese Yens) translates to about $11,800 at today's rate.
The costs of licensing and development rule out for us the creation of a Java to PS2 native code cross-compiler on our own. Unless a partner emerges willing to invest in its development and marketing, there will be no such tool available from us in the short- to mid-term future.