Thursday, 18 October 2012

G-cluster Wi-Fi Cloud Gaming Console Announced by Broadmedia Corporation at Tokyo Game Show 2012

Japanese Broadmedia Corporation announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2012 in September that they will launch the G-cluster Wi-Fi cloud gaming console in Japan, they call it the "world’s first Wi-Fi cloud gaming console". The launch of the console is scheduled for Spring 2013. The technology for the console will come from one of the group companies of Broadmedia Corporation that is also named G-cluster, which has been making its name in the cloud gaming space especially in France and Japan with plans to expand to the US. Game titles to be offered, service details, and the retail price of the G-cluster Wi-Fi cloud gaming console will be announced soon.

Users will simply be able to connect the G-cluster Wi-Fi cloud gaming console to their TV and Wi-Fi network in their home and enjoy a cloud gaming experience without having to download or purchase game software at a store. This palm-sized device is easily attached to the back of a TV. The console is powered from a USB port on the TV, and an HDMI cable outputs both visual and audio to the TV. As it allows for connecting to Wi-Fi networks, the console and cables are hidden behind the TV. People will also be able to cloud game on their PC, Mac, tablet, smartphone and other devices.

The G-cluster Wi-Fi cloud gaming console resembles the OnLive Game System in functionality and is even smaller, though the OnLive Game System doesn't feature native Wi-Fi connectivity and people have to use wireless bridges.

The G-cluster Wi-Fi cloud gaming console will support gamepads, mobile phones or tablets can also be used as a gamepad. The Broadmedia Corporation even promises some Wii U like functionality where users are able to see a different picture, as on the large TV screen, on their tablets or smartphones and manipulate the game via touch or other controls.

Gamers will also be able to spectate live gameplay of other gamers similar to how the OnLive Arena feature works.

Since G-cluster has partnered with NVIDIA, the data centers running the games in the cloud for the G-cluster Wi-Fi cloud gaming console will most likely be powered by NVIDIA's Geforce GRID cloud gaming technology that includes the GeForce GRID GPUs and the GPU virtualization hypervisor, and other hardware that has yet to be revealed.

It will be very interesting to see how the G-cluster Wi-Fi cloud gaming console will stack up against the established local consoles like the Nintendo Wii U, Sony PlayStation 3 and even the gaijin Xbox 360. The land of the rising sun is the console gaming mecca, though telecom and media corporations like the Broadmedia Corporation also command a large following.

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