Project Cafe: Tech Rumors [+UPDATE]
By AntonCaptainSeagull. Friday, April 22, 2011 9:33:16 PM
I'm going to Claim it's a stupid hoax because it also says: "Easy portability from PC and XBOX 360." Doesn't sound anything like Nintendo to say "hey you can port games you made for that cool system over there to us afterward!" Also slides like this are generally for developer conferences... conferences that are easily noticed and reportable.
It's a slide from something that reads "Project Café is simply the most developer friendly SDK the industry has ever seen. Deliver unparalleled next generation performance at current generation costs. It doesn't get any easier than this." Also, there's a picture of a box. Is it the Wii 2? Probably not.
UPDATE: Read More for the rest of the rumors, as well as another fuzzy image of the possible system and controllers using "Screen Stream"...
Rumors, rumors, and now more rumors. Project Cafe, which I will not refer to as Wii 2 because it will NOT be named that, and also is technically Gamecube 3, N64 4, SNES 5, or NES 5 - so yeah, I'm calling it Cafe. This sure is getting hyped up pretty big pretty quick, and Nintendo hasn't said a word to anyone about anything except that they don't comment on rumors or speculation. I'm here to pile on more that IGN says came from " sources with knowledge of the project":
UPDATE 2: Second image was found at techno buffalo. The image claims that "Screen Stream takes the 1080p image and pushes each rendered quarter to the players personal screen. The TV [can then be] turned off or left on to display [-unreadable-] of the action." That actually sounds like a pretty cool idea, but it may or may not be true, remember it's still rumor.
- Could have a retail price of anywhere between $350 and $400
- Will ship from Taiwanese manufacturer, Foxconn, this October
- Nintendo could also opt to build up a sizable supply of the system and allocate more time for software and games development by launching in early 2012 (they DID stock up with 3DS before it's launch for the same reason)
- Nintendo could attempt to lower the retail price of the system with lower profit margins to make the price more alluring
- The system will be based on a revamped version of AMD's R700 GPU architecture, not AMD's Fusion technology, 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
- The overall [physical] size will be comparable to that of the original Xbox 360
- Likely to resemble a modernized version of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (concept art by N+)
- Given the power of the system, could also feasibly provide a virtualized console for each individual unit (controller).
- Nintendo is considering naming the console Stream, though it is potentially one of several names currently being vetted by the company