Japan's first cloud-based game console to cost US$5 per month

Broadmedia will launch the country's first cloud-based gaming service, ahead of new consoles from Sony and Microsoft

By Jay Alabaster

A Japanese streaming content provider will launch the country's first cloud-based gaming console, a small modem-like device that plugs into a TV and offers subscription access to titles from US$5 per month.

Broadmedia, a Tokyo-based company that offers streaming movie and TV channels as well as hosting services, said its "G-cluster" service will go live June 20. The service will launch with dozens of games that are streamed to the console over a wireless Internet connection.

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DaThreats2502d ago

Nice, only for people who chose to play this way and is not forced. This cloud-based game service is a blueprint for the market when the PS4 releases.

SilentNegotiator2502d ago

I would love a gaming-version of Netflix. Netflix has allowed me to check out numerous shows and movies and actors/actresses that I never would have seen.

The comment that "some" games will require extra payment is worrying, though. It makes me wonder if it will only allow free play of crappy games and try to get you to "purchase" anything half-decent. That's why I don't use Onlive...why pay retail just to STREAM a game? I don't have a mobile device capable enough and if I'm going to play games on a laptop, I'm just going to have it downloaded.

GraveLord2502d ago

Streamed over a wireless internet connection? I hope wired is an option!

kingPoS2502d ago (Edited 2502d ago )

This will likely do well in Japan. Onlive tried to this and failed. A large part it was mostly due to America's inconsistent patchwork of ISP speeds. There's a lot of ISP's with backwards policies in the US.

Were stuck for the most part until services like att comcast and timewarner actually make the effort to move forward. They could install new or revitalize old fiber lines, but they won't unless forced.

Because the internet is so monopolized and held back over here. Most people can't expect to realistically afford more than 50mb/10mb throughput. And who can forget about bandwidth caps and the non envious fines that go with them.

At least ISP's such as Google Verizon and newcomer Gigabit Squared are trying to fix to the mess we currently have deal with. It's a really really movement, but it's movement non the less.