Not to be outdone, graphics chip maker Nvidia announced today a partnership with Namco to provide the company with the next generation of arcade hardware, called the "Nvidia System N2 Arcade Platform Solution."

Following a recent trend in the arcade industry, the System N2 will be based on PC architecture, using the nForce2 chipset and featuring a GeForce GPU. The system will run the Linux operating system, with OpenGL providing the graphics API.

The first game to be available on the system is to be a port of Counter-Strike Neo, a customised version of Counter-Strike that is currently playable only in a few arcades in Japan.