Bandai Namco Using PS3 Cell in Arcade

Bandai Namco is developing arcade games using the Cell chip from Sony's PlayStation 3. The deal between the publisher and format holder will mark the first time that Sony's Cell processor has been used commercially outside of the PlayStation 3. "Tekken 6" will be available for amusement parks and other game arcade facilities worldwide, but the company has not decided on the exact launch date for that game or others that will follow, using Sony's latest game technology, Namco Bandai spokeswoman Miki Baba said.

The first arcade game to feature the Cell chip technology will be Tekken 6, the latest in its popular fighting franchise, due later this year. Namco has previously used PlayStation 2 architecture in arcade machines for titles in the Tekken and Time Crisis series.

Namco originally licensed its PS2 arcade technology to other arcade companies, but nothing has been confirmed as yet of the licensing of the PS3 cell technology to anyone else.

News source: MSN Mainichi News

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Sounds good for the arcade. I just have a bad feeling that these game cabinets are gonna be very expensive, so I probably won't see them for a few years in my arcade. They've only just brought in Time Crisis 4.