Citing anonymous sources, IGN reported yesterday that Nintendo’s upcoming console, code-named Project Cafe, could hit sore shelves as early as October with a starting price of $350 to $400.
For that price, customers will get a 1080p-capable console thats about the size of the Microsofts original Xbox 360 and comes with the R700 GPU from Advanced Micro Devices, IGN is reporting. That, combined with a triple-core IBM PowerPC CPU, could make Nintendo’s upcoming console capable of accommodating games that are visually superior to those on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the sources say.
For years now, reports have been swirling that Nintendo would be launching a new console in 2011. The company’s current hardware, the Wii, has been extremely popular around the world, easily besting the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in total sales. however the device lacks HD gaming and doesn’t offer the same graphical capabilities as its counterparts, which Nintendo is seemingly addressing with its upcoming console.
Nintendo’s improvements won’t just stop at the console. Last week, reports cropped up with information on a new Nintendo controller, featuring a more traditional design with two analog sticks and action bottons. The controller would reportedy include a 6.2-inch touch screen, as weel as a camera.
The reports claim that the touch screen will be used to extend the gameplay experience ausers are engaging in through the console. Players might also be able to play games on that controller while another title is being played on the television, IGN reported that Nintendo’s new controller could retail for as much as $80.