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The ‘huge scoop’ promised for Sega’s 60th anniversary has turned out to be a cloud gaming service for Japanese arcades. By now you’ve probably already seen the reveal of the Sega Game Gear Micro but that wasn’t the ‘huge scoop’ to ‘rile up the games industry’ that was previously promised by an overexcited Famitsu journalist. The real news was Fog Gaming, which is a cloud gaming service for Japanese arcades. The idea being that it will allow people to play arcade games from their own home (which kind of defeats the point, but there you go). The system will use the hardware of the arcade machines and Sega are promising very low latency, which is essential with the fighting games and shooters that dominate Japanese arcades.
The Japanese arcade scene is still fairly vibrant, with Sega themselves running several locations, but even so this seems a pretty niche concept even for Japan. It’s also very hard to imagine it coming to the West, despite how much some people might want to play arcade games that are never released here. If the technology relies on the arcade machines being relatively local then that seems to make it impossible, since the UK and American arcade scene is now almost entirely run by enthusiasts.
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I suppose this could be pretty neat if you're a Japanese arcade nut stuck at home because of COVID-19, and it's streaming from native hardware rather than emulation so a bit of a leg-up over the average cloud service. Still, stripped of the flashy cabs and the social aspect of Japanese arcades, I'd think they're still looking at a very niche market for this.
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