Everyone has been waiting for E3 to just get here already. Many things are lined up and ready for gamers all over the world to begin enjoying. One of the many things expected at this years E3 is the reveal of the Wii 2. Nintendo has yet to release any official statement about the console but a few rumors has surfaced the gamer world.
There are so many questions to ask. Will it have touch screen capability? Will it be better then the Xbox 360 or the Playstation 3? When does it come out? What does it look like? These things we all want to know. Limited information is known right now but after E3, it will all be out on the table.
Nintendo always seems to have a pattern when it comes to naming consoles. The Gamecube was known as “project dolphin” until it was announced and the Wii was known as “Project Revolution.” According to the leaks, the new console is code named “Project Cafe.” Nintendo has not decided on it’s official name yet but it is rumored to be name “Stream.”
The Nintendo Wii was somewhat of a weak system compared to it’s competitors. There was no HD capability and there was less than 1 gigabyte of internal memory. Maybe back in 2006 you would be able to get away with something like that, but in 2011, people want the big guns.
The “Stream” will have a triple-core IBM powerPC chipset that is supposedly designed to beat the Xbox 360, it will most likely have an output of 1080p, may have stereoscopic 3D capabilities and it will be produced by Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn (The producers of the Apple iOS). The console will be ruffly be the size of an Xbox 360 and will resemble a modernized version of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).
Taking note from the specs, the “Stream” will not be another cheap console. Unlike the Wii, which was only $250 at release making it highly affordable compared to it’s competition. The “Stream” will most likely range from a price of $350 to $400.
Apparently the “Stream” will be able to work with the current Wiimote, leading us to believe the system will be backwards compatible. As for the new controllers, Nintendo went back to the basics. You’ll need two hands to play on this console, with double joysticks and a button layout, Nintendo seems to go back to the traditional style game controller. There is something completely different about the new controller though…. It comes with a 6-inch 1080p touchscreen display! Having a touchscreen creates endless potential of gaming. The screen can be optimized for an in-game experience, much like the Nintendo DS/3DS works. The controller itself also has the potential to be a handheld console all on it’s own. Who knows, maybe we will be able to stream or download full-length games on to the controllers. This will definitely revolutionized the gaming experience once again.
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