The revolutionary technology-related announcement brought about last week is the announcement of a new cloud gaming service from SEGA. While many believed it would be the Sega Game Gear Micro or a more exclusive partnership with Microsoft.
According to the latest edition of Famitsu, as reported by Serkan Toto, the new service, now known as Fog Gaming, will make use of the CPU and GPU of arcade cabinets to reduce costs and offer ultra low latency. Commercially, this would be great for gaming centers in Japan, as it would make money outside of business hours.
In practice it is like a Project xCloud or Google Stadia from Sega, but it would be for arcade games in Japan.
Article now with info:
– yes, "Fog Gaming" is the "scoop"
– Sega will use arcades in Japan as the technical backbone
– CPUs and GPUs housed in arcade machines are mentioned specifically
– ultra-low latency is touted
– commercial idea is to use arcades outside business hours https://t.co/LWOiYuDAYj
– Dr. Serkan Toto / Kantan Games Inc. (@serkantoto) June 3, 2020
No further information is available on SEGA's Fog Gaming, so it remains unclear whether this will allow players to just enjoy arcade games outside the gaming centers or if it will have a much larger library. Considering how arcade games are not as popular in the West as they are in Japan, we may not even see Fog Gaming in the Americas or Europe.
A few hours ago, SEGA also confirmed that it is returning to the manufacture of consoles with the Game Gear Micro. The console, which will feature a small screen with a resolution of 240 × 160, will be released in four different variants, all with a different game library that will include Sonic the Hedgehog, Puyo Puyotsu, Outrun, Royal Stone, Shining Force and others. The console was announced only for Japan, where it will be launched on October 6.
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