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So the project cafe, nintendo's new console has been confirmed. Here are the rumoured tech specs...

"CPU is custom IBM PowerPC with three cores,
GPU should be an ATI from the R700 family, with a shader unit at version 4.1. RAM should be at least 512 MB"

R700 family is of course the Radeon 4XXX family.

So it sounds like a souped up xbox 360

I was kinda hoping for directx 11 and a whole bunch of ram, but oh well.
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how would a console have DX11?
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no consoles besides those made by microsoft have direct x.
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That was to be expected, by using last gen tech they can make a console that everyone can afford, made popular not by it's hardware but its titles.
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So the project cafe, nintendo's new console has been confirmed. Here are the rumoured tech specs...

"CPU is custom IBM PowerPC with three cores,
GPU should be an ATI from the R700 family, with a shader unit at version 4.1. RAM should be at least 512 MB"

R700 family is of course the Radeon 4XXX family.

So it sounds like a souped up xbox 360

I was kinda hoping for directx 11 and a whole bunch of ram, but oh well.
A souped up Xbox 360 is nice. Wii is not even a souped up original Xbox. Nintendo's strategy is mostly about it's IP. I'd love to play a Mario with PS3/Xbox 360 graphics. If you are looking for spectacular hardware specs., wait for PS3 and Xbox 360 successors. But judging from the lack of credible rumors/leaks, they probably won't be announced this year. That means they are at least two years away from launching.
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There's a few keys to this here despite it being "old/weak" hardware.

1. The similarities may open up Nintendo to being able to enjoy some Xbox 360 ports, enjoying more early success.

2. It keeps it affordable. Remember, this is Nintendo here, not Sony or Microsoft, so no need to cry foul like gaming will be held back even worse.

3. When was the last time a developer complained about the CPUs? I'm no developer, but I always get the impression that it seems to be the system RAM and GPUs that are bigger limits, limiting texture size and game scale. In this regard, Nintendo is making the system more balanced, albeit older/weaker, yes, but see the above. This is the key I think some are overlooking. Let's just hope that "at least 512MB RAM" part means at least 1GB and it'll be good.

All in all, it's still a start.
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But judging from the lack of credible rumors/leaks, they probably won't be announced this year. That means they are at least two years away from launching.
Last I heard, those two are aiming for 2014, so it'll be about three years, but nothing is confirmed yet.
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Up do date hardware? In consoles? Not in our life time I'm afraid.
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Up do date hardware? In consoles? Not in our life time I'm afraid.
Damn poor people, they made this happen




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Damn poor people, they made this happen
Can't blame the companies for trying to appeal wider audiences by keeping the console prices as low as needed. The actual bad thing about this is that the PC will have less and less relevance in the development of multiplatform games because developers seem to get more and more profit oriented (remember when Black Ops was the best selling game of all time on launch and yet Activision complained about piracy?). So the PC gamers pretty much have to stick to exclusives if they don't want poorly optimized games with sloppy controls and outdated graphics.
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Damn poor people, they made this happen




Try the majority of consumers made this happen. I take it you don't have kids or probably even a job if you made that statement but when you do you can damn well bet you won't want to spend 1k on a console for your kid.
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