IGN, Computer and Videogames, and literally dozens of other reliable gaming sites have all sent their trusted sources to work in order to bring all of us the latest leaked goods on Project Café, AKA Nintendo 6. To begin with, let’s look at the price. According to what all the sources say, the price range thus far is set between $350 and $400 USD. Foxconn, the city-size work plant that puts together all of Apple’s devices is said to have scored the manufacturing contract from Nintendo. Based on these same sources, the new console will start shipping out of Foxconn beginning this October for a potential launch anywhere starting right thereafter. Obviously Nintendo will want to mass produce the console, but it’s not out of the question to see a potential release sometime later this year. Whether this will be one territory or a global launch is anyone’s guess at this point.
Realistically I would look for a global launch sometime in early 2012 or a staggered launch beginning later this year. I think a global launch would be huge for fans, but it really depends on the logistics Nintendo wants to deal with. By the same token, should Nintendo decide on a lower profit margin it is entirely possible we could see the system priced at $299.99 USD. Considering the 3DS is priced at $249.99, I’m not sure how realistic that is. Personally, if I were a gambling man, I’d say $349.99 USD is the asking price.
In terms of specs, the GPU is said to be a revamped AMD R700. The CPU is based on Intel’s triple-core PowerPC chipset, but will be faster and overall stronger than either the PlayStation 3 or the Xbox 360. The system will easily be able to display games at a resolution of 1080p HD, and stereoscopic 3D, but sources have yet to confirm whether Nintendo will be marketing that feature or not. 1080p HD is indeed going to be a marketed feature.
IGN’s sources have even revealed what the system will look like. Apparently it will be a modern re-imagining of the Super NES, and will be roughly the size of the original Xbox. That seems mighty large considering Nintendo has almost always opted for the unusual or creative and small technology designs with their consoles. I’m not entirely convinced on this rumor myself, but we’ll be finding out shortly.
Now as for the name, apparently Nintendo is throwing around several names, but Stream seems to be one the company is most attached to. It makes sense if the other rumors hold out. Apparently the console will be able to stream games wirelessly to the console’s controllers’ screen, even allowing multiple people to take part in multiplayer games from their own controller. I’m not entirely sure how this is going to work within the realms of console games. Like Ahmed mentioned in the other article I wrote several days ago, perhaps this really is a reworking of the GBA-GCN connectivity. Either way, we’ll know at E3 in just over a month and a week or so.
As always, we’ll be right here to feed you all the rumors and the official news as it breaks. I’ll tell you this though, Nintendo’s latest offering is sure shaping up to be quite the beast and as I’ve said before, that may be all it takes to get me back into them after over five years of having virtually no Nintendo in my life.
Good times await!
It looks like Kotaku also has a rumor up saying the controller will have a 6.2″ screen built into it. It will have eight action buttons as well. The new console will also fully support Wii controllers and games can be programmed so that one player can use a Wiimote and another this new screen-controller. I’m really scratching my head on this one. There’s thinking outside the box and then there’s WTF. This would be one of those moments. To give you an idea of how big a 6.2″ screen is, it’s bigger than the Kindle’s screen. Yes, that’s right. How in the blue blazes could there be an economic way to sell the system for $350 to $400 USD if it includes one of these bad boys? Wouldn’t that make the second controller you buy cost around $200? So far this rumor seems the more far fetched. I just can’t picture any way for that to work. I can fully see a screen build around a controller, but 6.2″…really…WTF?!?!
What do you think?