Besides playing PlayStation 3 games and other forms of media, PlayStation 3's powerful Cell processor is currently being used to help cure a variety of diseases. Now, it will also help a variety of heart rates in arcades, according to a Reuters report out of Asia.
The news service says that Namco Bandai has struck a deal with Sony to build arcade devices that use the Cell processor. It will apparently be the first time the powerful chip has been used in a device other than the PS3, even though Sony had planned to release workstations using the device by the end of 2006.
A subsequent report in the Mainichi Daily News says that the first game to use the Cell-based arcade board will be Tekken 6. The game is due out in Japanese arcades and on PS3s on both sides of the Pacific later this year.