Friday, April 22, 2011

Nintendo's next console

 Will it be any good?

ign.com reports on the Japanese giant's next console, allegedly codenamed "Project Cafe", which is a weirder name for a console than Wii was if you ask me. It is said to be marginally superior in hardware to the Xbox360 and PS3, capable of HD gaming, with a fancy controller that includes a touchpad and a camera.

Additionally, IGN has learned that the system will be based on a revamped version of AMD's R700 GPU architecture, not AMD's Fusion technology as previously believed, which will, as previously reported, out perform the PlayStation 3's NVIDIA 7800GTX-based processor. Like the Xbox 360, the system's CPU will be a custom-built triple-core IBM PowerPC chipset, but the clocking speeds will be faster. The system will support 1080p output with the potential for stereoscopic 3D as well, though it has not been determined whether that will be a staple feature.
This all sounds great... if you are still in 2007. Because this sort of hardware is not impressive any more - we can assume the next PlayStation will be twice as powerful as the current one, not only marginally.


The controllers do bring interesting proposals. The camera and touchscreen will probably bring new and innovative ways of gaming, something Nintendo has been always pushing for. I imagine, for example, a multiplayer game where players can play in first person looking at their controllers, and there's a general view of the battle being shown in the TV. But with all this sophistication also comes high cost and frailty. Better not throw those expensive controllers in a fit of rage because a replacement could cost around 100 dollars.

One of the main advantages of the Wii over it's rivals was always it's gentler pricetag. That would be gone with a proposed retail of 350 to 400 dollars, which would put it in direct competition with current generation consoles.

Nintendo's bet could pay out though by bringing their next gen console 2 years before their rivals, as was the case with the Wii, which although less powerful, outsold the competition.

Looking forward to the next 'tendo? Or will it be an epic fail?

Trivia of the day:
Air traveling at high speed generates low pressure

20 comments:

  1. That looks interesting... maybe Nintendo gets back in my living-room with this. What took them so long?

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  2. Nintendo is, if you ask me the gaming platform for the new people since they don't come with such hardcore games as Sony and is much cheapers so its great for people that are unsure if they want to get into consols.

    Ending point is, it will have some success, but I am not sure for what is TwoSkyPath going for.

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  3. I was not a big fan of the Wii, last Nintendo console I loved was the N64

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  4. if they got an wii 2 that got features like Xbox's Natal ( + hdmi and soft calssic tune graph like they always di,,) and the wii 1 remotes just becuase it was awesome when it did come out to the market.... i will buy it easy!! 2 wii 2 to me then just to support..

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  5. You don't want to have too much on a potable system. The easier it is to use the better, adding touch screen + double analog sticks + 4 shoulder buttons is way too much.

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  6. Nice. I would prefer a new xBox though, even though the 360 is still good enough , I guess.

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  7. Nintendo has some impressive marketing skills, for example they manage their Wii stock very well and try to target very young kids and their parents with some family games. With all of that, I'm sure they know their gamers very well. I miss the Sega Nintendo Wars, but I'm old...hum maybe I'll buy a Nintendo, no time for hardcore games anymore XD!

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  8. wow that looks pretty cool, but nintendo isn't for serious gamers any more they just don't have the power for any good games

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  9. That looks hideous in my opinion, I still prefer my computer. Although, if I would get a portable, I would prefer the NGP(PSP).

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  10. This is exciting news! It might start another great console war

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  11. that looks kind of interesting, not sure if i'd drop 400 on it though

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  12. Yeah, I'm not particularly impressed by it. I'd much rather have the new PSP.

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  13. Sources are pretty trustful, but it sounds so fake.

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  14. Looking forward to it only out of curiosity. I'll prolly be saving my hard earned cash for the next Sony tho.

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  15. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm screen looks a bit small

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  16. That thing is sooo ugly. I really hope they go back to the design. like the first ps3 controllers.

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  17. project cafe? if it makes coffee it will buy it at launch!

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