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G-cluster: New Cloud Console

Postby Shou » Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:52 am

Similar to OnLive , G-cluster is an attempt to bring cloud streaming gaming to the Japanese audience. Released on June 20th to an extremely cold response at 13,800 yen for the unit + a Logitech branded controller, it's already being discounted and undoubtedly headed to the graveyard. Konami has backed the unit in a strange way by offering emulated PC Engine games from their and Hudson Soft's back catalog as well as a port of the Rocket Knight reboot. UBI is also supporting with Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands and some legacy titles from 2-3 years ago. Falcom has some very old Ys titles up as well but the pricing is stupidly high.

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Here's a short list of the many things they've done wrong
- Requires constant 3mb downstream (Japanese ISPs throttle so many customers can't play at a satisfactory quality level)
- No ethernet port (have to buy an accessory for $35 directly from the manufacturer, not available in any stores)
- Can't buy games for your account, you can only rent at a year at a time!
- Like OnLive, has a monthly playpack that's $5 a month but only contains Big Fish and Konami owned emulated PC Engine games
- Standalone games like Ys cost about $30 when you can buy the PC version for about 1/3 of the price


The one thing that I do like is that they have an iOS and Android app to use your smartphone as a controller but that's more of a novelty than anything else.

As a collector, I'll happily let it collect dust next to my micro consoles...
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Re: G-cluster: New Cloud Console

Postby Macaw » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:37 am

Fuck yeah I've always wanted to pay 14,000 yen for a system that lets me pay 30 bucks for an old Ys game and allows me rent emulated pce titles all while requiring a consistently good Internet connection.
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Re: G-cluster: New Cloud Console

Postby muki » Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:14 am

Wow, that's some surprising news; Jpns publishers gouging their core market.
I heard the sun would come up tomorrow too :p
Oh well, so much for G Cloud.

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Re: G-cluster: New Cloud Console

Postby Gaijin Punch » Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:33 am

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Re: G-cluster: New Cloud Console

Postby sven666 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:20 pm

where did the name come from, G-cluster?, randomness!
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Re: G-cluster: New Cloud Console

Postby Shou » Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:33 am

Stands for Game-clusterfuck :)
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Re: G-cluster: New Cloud Console

Postby Gaijin Punch » Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:59 am

Shou wrote:Stands for Game-clusterfuck :)


So appropriate. I really would kill to be a fly on the wall in a marketing meeting for this. I mean...seriously. What the fuck?

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