The console Nintendo plans to unveil at E3 won't offer a traditional hard-drive but will offer high definition graphics, according to sources close to Nintendo. Details about "Project Cafe" have been vague as Nintendo has only confirmed its existence with the promise that we'd see it in action at this year's E3.
Ninteno's next console will include eight gigabytes of built-in flash memory. The Wii only has 512 MB of internal memory. Eight gigabytes is still significantly smaller then the standard Xbox 360 from 2005 which had 20 gb. Eight gigs might be enough space to download a few retro games but a current-gen map pack alone would fill that amount of memory up in no time making support for an expanded virtual marketplace like the PSN or XBM nearly impossible. The new console would support SD cards. Keep reading for more rumored specs.
Kotaku's source also said the new console's games will come on 25gb discs, comparable to the size of a blu-ray. Prior rumors specualted the "Wii 2" would be able to compete with the Xbox 360 and PS3 graphically. It's not clear if it will be full 1080i/p, but even 720i/p would be worlds better than the Wii's current 480.
The defining feature of this console would be its touchscreen controllers. Nitnendo wanted to make sure their next console has a gimmick, something to separate it from other consoles, like the Wii's motion controls. The controllers would resemble the iPad in function, while being less advanced. It was described as a traditional dual-stick controller with a touchscreen built in. A motion sensing bar would accommodate the motion sensing needed for playing Wii games.
The touchscreen would have multiple purposes. One function would be as a standard controller. It would also be able to display in-game menu screens like inventory or a map. The latter would be an evolution of the bottom screen of the DS. Another option would be transferring the game on your TV to the screen for portable gaming.
None of these details have been confirmed by Nintendo and all come from an inside source. While some of it makes sense, like the 25gb disc space, some of it does not. I find it hard to believe that Nintendo would offer only 8 gb of internal memory. The source made no mention of online capabilities or the removal of friend codes.
E3 is only a few weeks away, we'll keep you posted on all the announcements.
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