Fog Gaming, inspired from Fog Computing, would connect all game centers across Japan and redirect CPU and GPU resources to those who need it the most.
Sega, via the Game no Muzukashii Hanashii column in Famitsu magazine written by Zenji Nishikawa, revealed Fog Gaming. This week’s Famitsu magazine technically isn’t out yet, and the following is from the usual Famitsu leaks. If additional, crucial details are included in the column itself, we’ll be sure to update this story or publish a new one with more information after Famitsu becomes digitally available in a few hours. For now, here is what has leaked:
Like the name suggest, Fog Gaming is a technology similar to Fog Computing. Fog Gaming’s principle is to redirect unused CPU and GPU resources from arcade machines inside game centers in all of Japan, and redirect it to other game centers. This way, it would greatly reduce the operation costs of game centers, and allow players to enjoy higher quality games, with no latency. Moreover, game centers would get revenue from collaborating with Sega and Fog Gaming: They will get revenue even during closing hours.
Famitsu columnist Zenji Nishikawa, who also writes for multiple big Japanese outlets including 4Gamer, teased this reveal last week during a live stream. If you’d like to know more, I strongly urge you to read our past coverage, as we already explained everything about his teasing then.
Last but not least, note that the Famitsu leaks are rarely ever false. However, for a reason I don’t know, they tend to regularly get character names, game system names, and the like, partially wrong. Truncated especially. For example, an upcoming game would introduce in Famitsu a character named Eriko, but the leaks will refer to the character as Riko. I’m bringing up this point to mention the name of this new technology by Sega might actually not turn out to be “Fog Gaming”. I doubt the name is wrong, seeing it’s inspired from Fog Computing, but it’s a possibility.
Personally speaking, hearing “Fog Gaming” reminds me of how I never played Majora’s Mask or Donkey Kong on Nintendo 64 because we couldn’t afford an Expansion Pack. It’ll be interesting to see what Sega will do with Fog Gaming and if besides arcade, it could be used in some way with next-gen consoles PS5 and Xbox Series X. In any case, more information should be coming from Sega in the future. Stay tuned like Ulala would say.
Sega’s Toshihiro Nagoshi recently expressed concern over the state of game centers in Japan amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Sega owns multiple game centers in Japan. As uch, it’s not unexpected to see the company come up with Fog Gaming.