Sega prepping new arcade hardware?

Shaggy February 5, 2009 5

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It certainly looks that way. The guys at Siliconera caught a set of patent trademarks for something called “Ringedge” and “Ringwide”, which are both listed as having something to so with arcade game boards. Interestingly enough the trademarks also mentions “prerecorded magnetic data carriers featuring arcade game programs” which could be a fancy way of saying a hard drive (although seriously ot those of you in the arcade hardware industry – why are we still using hard drives which will break down in a few years? I know that the new SSD drives are still expensive but flash memory isn’t that bad, I’m just saying!) or maybe it’s something else. Either way it looks like their powerful Europa hardware is not going to be getting much love and perhaps this Ringwide/edge will be what Sega is going to use to replace Lindbergh. We’ll have to wait and see.

Slight update: I’ve read online that some are thinking that this means that Sega will be getting back into the console business but it seems to me that such an idea is wishful thinking. This hardware rumor is pretty much the same thing we saw with Lindbergh and that did not lead Sega into creating new console hardware (because Lindbergh and their most recent arcade hardware Europa were modded PCs) and I have not seen or heard anything about this new hardware that indicates that it has something to do with consoles. It’s likely that the Dreamcast 2 will have to wait a bit longer.  

[Via Kotaku that was via Siliconera] [Discuss on the Forum]


5 Comments »

  1. Leynos February 7, 2009 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    I think that the problem is that there isn’t really another inexpensive way to offer 80 GB of random access storage. SSDs (which are flash anyway) are a long way off from yielding 1GB/$US, whilst a 50GB blu-ray disc would slow things down too much. Loading the entire game into RAM would mean that the board would have to include a costly amount of on board memory.

    Sadly, hard drives are still the best we have at the moment.

  2. Shaggy February 7, 2009 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    My question is – does any arcade game really need 80 GB of storage? When I checked out the HDD that went bad on my Big Buck Safari recently it had an 80GB HDD – but it only used about 5 GB of space. That seems like an awful waste of space. Seeing how very few console games are even using 50GB of space (such as with a Blu-Ray disc) it’s unlikely that any arcade title will use that much space anytime soon, unless there is something that I am missing here. I would think that a 16GB flash card (you don’t even need to use an SSD, just modify a CF drive to treat CFs like cartridges) would be more than enough for just about any arcade title out there at the moment.

  3. Molloy February 9, 2009 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I’d say SSD is the way things are going to go as well. You don’t need that much.

    Perhaps it might make things easier to pirate?

  4. DaTruthSANANDREAS October 27, 2009 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    itz gonna be a console. LOOK IT UP. EMAIL ME!!!

    • Shaggy October 27, 2009 at 11:57 pm - Reply

      Except that Sega is already using the hardware for arcade releases including the new Daytona remake and they have already released Border Break in Japan with the hardware. No console in sight – this is arcade hardware only.

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