As E3 is nearing the biggest attention drawer to the event, Nintendo, is going full gear with it’s new next generation console. The new console subtly codenamed “Project Cafe” is slowly accumulating a media storm. The folks over at IGN recently acquired some rumored details of what the console may potential have in terms of hardware specs.
From circulating reports, it is said that “Project Cafe” will have:
• GPU – Wii 2’s GPU will be a modified version of AMD’s R700 architecture.
• CPU – The CPU will be a custom-designed triple-core version of the IBM PowerPC chipset.
• Visuals – Project Cafe will run in 1080p, and may be able to utilize Stereoscopic 3D, though it hasn’t been confirmed as a feature.
• Size & Design – The console will be around the same size as the first-gen Xbox 360, and may be designed to look like a futuristic looking Super Nintendo.
• Price – Say goodbye to Nintendo having the “budget” console: “Project Cafe” may cost between 350 and 400 dollars.
• Release Date – Supposedly, the Cafe itself could be ready to ship from the manufacturer to retailers as soon as mid-to-late October, but in order to give developers more time with the new hardware, Nintendo may not launch the console until early 2012.
However this new console turns out it will definitely be a good time for Nintendo to be releasing something that can not only play alongside the big boys at Microsoft and Sony but be ahead of it’s game for a couple years before a new batch of super consoles come out.