Rumored Tech Specs Give Wii 2 More Power Than Xbox 360

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Rumored Tech Specs Give Wii 2 More Power Than Xbox 360

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Rumored specs for the Wii 2 give it a touchscreen controller and hardware slightly more powerful than the Xbox 360.

Take all of the following information with a big grain of salt, but we may already know the basic specifications of Nintendo's rumored console that could be announced at E3 2011. French website 01net claims to have gotten its hands on some of the details behind the console, including specifics on its controller and internal hardware.

The site says that the Wii 2, for lack of a better term, is called "Project Cafe" inside of Nintendo. The system is said to be considered slightly more powerful than the Xbox 360. It reportedly includes a three-core custom IBM PowerPC CPU, an ATI R700 GPU, and 512 MB of RAM. *Update* 01net only speculates about the amount of RAM and the type of ATI GPU.

Rumored backwards compatibility with the Wii had fans wondering how it would be handled, as Wii Remotes require a sensor bar to be read. Project Cafe's controller will allegedly take care of that problem. The controller is not only said to have a 6-inch HD touchscreen embedded, but a camera, D-pad, 2 bumpers, 2 triggers, and "possibly more," while also doubling as a sensor bar. It sounds like a bit much, but is entirely possible.

Keep in mind that this is speculation about a speculated product. However, if true, it hints toward a console that adds features from handheld gaming to the home console experience. Nintendo could revolutionize the industry once again with Project Cafe, and possibly bring more hardcore gamers along for the ride this time.

Source: 01net, via CVG

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So ? in a year Microsoft will probably release a new Xbox by 2013 so it really doesn't matter.

So where does this leave the PS3 in terms of power?

Also its not good to trust speculation.

It reportedly includes a three-core custom IBM PowerPC CPU, an ATI R700 GPU, and 512 MB of RAM.

Please let this just be a rumour, that is some woefully atrocious hardware. Only 512 mb and an old graphics processor. (Seriously, the R700 was two generations ago.) Personally i'm hoping it contains some of that sexy new AMD Fusion hardware but it's probably to early for those.

Controller with touch screen sounds interesting though.

I should hope it would be more powerful than a 7 year old system.

-m

Definitely needs more RAM. Kick it up to at least 2GB, Nintendo. You don't even have one of these specifications are correct!

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..It's an improvement...Nevertheless...

I like how it went from being more powerful than PS3 and Xbox 360 to being barely more powerful than an Xbox 360 in a single day.

Sounds interesting. Nice to see them try to catch up with hardcore gamers again with improved power, but still try and be creative with this controller. Dunno if it will be work, but never now.

Matt_LRR:
I should hope it would be more powerful than a 7 year old system.

-m

That was my first thought upon seeing the headline. If it's not more powerful than the 360, they are doing something very wrong.

Tom Goldman:
Rumored backwards compatibility with the Wii had fans wondering how it would be handled, as Wii Remotes require a sensor bar to be read. Project Cafe's controller will allegedly take care of that problem. The controller is not only said to have a 6-inch HD touchscreen embedded, but a camera, D-pad, 2 bumpers, 2 triggers, and "possibly more," while also doubling as a sensor bar. It sounds like a bit much, but is entirely possible.

Oh boy, I sure hope that doesn't turn out to be true. I don't want to be paying $100 or more for an extra controller because it has everything but the kitchen sink on it.

On the plus side, if the controller has a touch screen, maybe we could see a DS Player to follow up the GameCube's GameBoy Player?

Put any hardware you have in a top-range PC into the new Wii and there you have it, better than the 360.

"Project Cafe"
OH GOD, it seems hipsters have taken over nintendo

Still won't have any good FPS's.

Well I would hope so since this is the first machine for a new console generation. Then microsoft and sony will release their consoles that will technically kick the wee2's ass. That's the trend anyways.

512mb ram if you read the article is the minimum based on what the processor needs and supports but as long as it's a good Processor I'll be happy i never expect bleeding edge performance from Nintendo but I do expect something more powerful than the current generation

A touchscreen embedded in the controller? No thank you. I don't see what they could use that for, something similar to the Dreamcast's controller maybe?

That hardware is horrible by today's standards. I was hoping for something about twice as powerful as the 360, and this is just a sidegrade really.

Apparently Nintendo learned nothing when their entire hardcore fanbase left them after the Wii.

Great. More Mario, Sonic and Wiisports with slightly nicer graphics to look forward to

Wieke:

It reportedly includes a three-core custom IBM PowerPC CPU, an ATI R700 GPU, and 512 MB of RAM.

Please let this just be a rumour, that is some woefully atrocious hardware. Only 512 mb and an old graphics processor. (Seriously, the R700 was two generations ago.) Personally i'm hoping it contains some of that sexy new AMD Fusion hardware but it's probably to early for those.

Controller with touch screen sounds interesting though.

These are consoles we're talking about, the hardware isn't usually that up to date to begin with.

But yes, controller with a touch screen? Spiffy.

Since this console would be counted as nintendos "next Gen" offering why would they set the bar so low. I mean Hell my computer has nearly 3 gigs of video procession, 12 gigs of ram and a pretty nice cpu. By the time they have the real next gen consoles out itll probably put my pc to shame.

Enter the race looking like what you should have been last gen might just sign the death warrant on nintendo. I miss my console Brand I miss my nintendo, but they sold their souls for a cheap machine marketed to the infantile and the senile. If I wanted to deal with shovelware Id pick up some shifts as a landscaper

This looks like the controller could be a portable gaming device too, so I won't be suprised it Nintendo charges extra for that. But if games for the Wii 2 also carry over onto the controller, then maybe you can unlock special things? Like a pokemon game havign several pokemon exclusive to the controller?

Matt_LRR:
I should hope it would be more powerful than a 7 year old system.

-m

I'm worried about what Nintendo will do to USE this new power though. Sure some of the newer games look rather nice and can run smoothly, but I personally find that Nintendo has never used their consoles to the full advantage.

Making a console that beats a 7 year old system is nice. But making games that utilize that power and outclass/outperform the 360 as a system... Now that is a different story

Sounds like "Project Fail"

Bad joke but It's all I've got.

XT inc:
Enter the race looking like what you should have been last gen might just sign the death warrant on nintendo.

You mean the Nintendo that makes a profit instead of taking a loss on each hardware unit sold and has sold mountains of Wiis and DS systems (and has done pretty decently for 3DS sales so far too)? Yeah, they're in their deathbed alright. Another affordable console that they'll make a profit off of from launch day will be the final nail in their coffin.

That, or they'll have to get a bigger indoor swimming pool to accommodate all that new money they'll get. One of the two, you know.

Matt_LRR:
I should hope it would be more powerful than a 7 year old system.

-m

Well, with Nintendo, it's hard to be sure.

However, this would be a large technical leap compared to last gen. The Wii was supposed to be twice as powerful as the GC, and people more technically mindful than I tore that to pieces....So a leap putting it above the 360 might seem newsworthy just because....It's Nintendo.

Though it also makes me wonder. The controller sounds awful expensive from a company that tends to sell hardware for as little a loss (or even possibly profit) as possible. Wonder how much one of those will run.

Good job Nintendo. You'll still be lagging behind in third place as a console powerhouse when the entire next generation lineup finishes.

You know what the great part is? This bastard is gonna sell more than any PS4 or Xbox 720, regardless of whether it ends up being inferior.

At any rate, all of this crap is still just speculation.

Could any tech heads maybe do a comparison of these specs vs the 360

I see their plan. Release the wii to lower competitions views and then blind side them next console with something that won't suck.

i would have to say this all seems a bit fishy, these details especially the stuff about the controller all seem a bit well odd and jumbled especially when you consider how different it sounds from the wiimote.

as for the compaints about power the 360 has hardware from 5 or 6 years ago inside and it has still managed to keep up. its easy to forget how much power is used by layers of operating system and middleware on PC's. That conbined with the optimisation towards gaming that all consolle have would probably make it more powerful than you think, if the specs are right

I don't believe this for a second, and I'm certainly not gonna bitch at Nintendo based on a rumor.

P.S. Thanks

More than a 360

So? I'd be very, very suprised if it wasn't.

bomblord:
Could any tech heads maybe do a comparison of these specs vs the 360

ATI R700 GPU - These are the GPU's found on your ATI 47XX-48XX series cards. One such example would be to look at the best consumer card that falls under this, the 4870. The 4870 is marginally better than a 9800GT, and the 9800GT was popular(as a high-end card) around the 360's release.

So yeah, a little more powerful than a 360's a fair bet.

That being said, there's way too much that hasn't been properly revealed to assess it properly, 512 megs of RAM is pretty shit no matter which way you cut it, most current PC games need more to run than that without frequent loading screens.

Tri-core CPUs were in the 360, good to see it's in the Wii2 also.

This console will not be known for its graphics, I can assure you.

bomblord:
Could any tech heads maybe do a comparison of these specs vs the 360

really it just looks like they have made a 360, clock speeds seem to be the only possible differenciating factor.
r600 vs r700 in reguards to cut down heat/power saving console components probably adds to very little improvement

That doesn't really say much, as the 360 has some really fucken old tech.

No way will these specs be real as all of it will be 4 years old already. However the next nintendo will curbstomp the 360 and ps3 without a doubt unless Nintendo are morons. Tech has moved on a long long way since 2005.

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