“Project Cafe” has been confirmed. As part of their semi-yearly financial update, Nintendo revealed that they would indeed be revealing a new console, completely playable, at this year’s E3. The new hardware is scheduled for sometime in 2012, the Big N releasing no other details on the product.
A new report out of IGN is claiming to have some early specifications on the console, which supposedly includes a modified AMD R700 GPU, a custom triple-core IBM PowerPC CPU chipset, and a $400 price tag. Another new potential name for the console, Stream, also hints at a much more serious initiative into online play than we saw with the Wii. None of these details have been confirmed by Nintendo.
IGN Report – Rumored Wii 2 Specs
• 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.
The Wii 2/Project Cafe/Stream starting to look good, E-Gs? Or are you holding onto some skepticism until the E3 reveal? Comment below!