Project Cafe: pricing, date, design, and architecture details
posted on 04.21.11 at 05:02 PM EDT by (@salromano)

New details regarding the pricing, release date, console design, architecture, and name of Nintendo’s upcoming high-definition console, supposedly codenamed Project Cafe, have come out by way of IGN sources.

According to the anonymous advisers, the new Nintendo console will cost anywhere between $350 and $400 upon launch, with manufacturing being done in Taiwan by Foxconn. It’ll launch sometime between mid-October and early November, this year. Though, Nintendo may instead opt for an early 2012 release to build up a stable supply of sellable units.

The system will be based on AMD’s R700 GPU architecture, outperforming the PlayStation 3’s NVIDIA 7800GTX-based processor, and boast a custom-built triple-core IBM PowerPC chipset for the CPU, which is the same as Xbox 360, but with faster clocking speeds. It’ll output video in 1080p and there is potential for the inclusion of stereoscopic 3D.

The console itself will look like a modernized SNES. Its size will be comparable to that of the original Xbox 360.

As previously reported, the system’s controllers sport a six-inch touchscreen capable of streaming games from the system. For that reason, one of the console’s many codenames is “Stream”.

As always, the whole situation is still considered a big rumor, but IGN says you should trust their sources.

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  • rockman29

    Honestly, what the hell is this?

    I was hoping for something else from Nintendo, but I think I’m just lost from their new products.

    I just really don’t get why I need a HD screen on my controller for a home console.

  • AdamBoy64

    Trust IGN… pffft. Sorry, I find that hard to do.

    The size thing, would be crazy if true. The original X360 was a pretty big size console. I think it would be Nintendo’s biggest console since the original NES if that were the case.

    The controller thing worries me – I mean, I can see the benefits of having a screen in your controller, but it just makes it so, so less durable. It’d be one of the flimsiest controllers ever.

    Nintendo are always pretty good at surprising, so I guess we’ll see.

  • http://gamingmilitia.com Eric

    And one of the most expensive controllers ever….lol

    • AdamBoy64

      Yes. Lolz. If this all turns out to be true, could be a large portion of the cost of the console is in the controller.

  • http://www.youtube.com/tezchi TezChi

    Seems, as said above, that replacing the controller would be pretty pricey, should you drop it or simply want another one.

    Other than that, I love the idea of the modernized SNES look, and the larger physically sized system. I still cant really get to grips with this ‘screen on controller’ idea – apart from devs mapping individual controls to the touch screen like the DS. That would definately work, but what of price and more importantly – durability!