Report: Nintendo HD codenamed “Project Cafe”, tech specs and controller details
posted on 04.15.11 at 11:15 AM EDT by (@salromano)

A new report from French technology website 01net says that the recently rumored Nintendo HD platform is currently codenamed Project Cafe. The site, which leaked NGP specs before its announcement, claims to have tech specs and controller details for the console.

According to the report, the console will run on a custom IBM PowerPC CPU with three cores, a ATI R700 family GPU with a shader unit at version 4.1, and at least 512mb of RAM, which is “a bit more powerful” than an Xbox 360.

The site reaffirms that Project Cafe will have backwards compatibility with both Wii and Gamecube titles.

The controller boasts a six-inch touch-screen, a front-facing camera, d-pad, two bumpers, two triggers, and “possibly more,” according to the site. It can also be used as a Wii sensor bar.

The console will release in late 2012. 01net says another “big surprise” about the console will be revealed at E3.

Thanks, CVG.

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  • Adam Meadows

    I’m still very concerned that they’ll charge through the roof for outdated technology. Those specs do sound rather underwhelming.

    • gold163

      That’s exactly my concern. By the time Sony and Microsoft roll new consoles around (if they do), they’ll have better specs. But it’s not as if we’ve reached the limit of what current technology can do already. Nintendo seems to be under the impression that the early bird catches the worm. With unique systems like the Wii and DS, it wasn’t a problem to capture huge markets. But just this once I wish they’d wait a little to see what their competitors are doing.

    • Dokuto

      In actuality, this console will be more up to date than anything else on the market. The rule with consoles and hardware, is that once they decide on what they want it to have and finalize it, it is already outdated. New and better stuff comes along constantly, and they can’t keep updating it or else it will never get out. Depending on how Nintendo manages the data in the console, this could very well become more popular to programmers than a 360. And considering how hard the PS3 was hit for how they strictly managed their memory, it is most likely that Nintendo will not go down that route.

      Of course, even I’m not too pleased with how they are designing the controller. It will probably raise the price up it very high. But we will just have to wait and see.

  • Kurai Warrior

    Ummm. So they are just going to catch up, only to fall behind again when Microsoft and Sony come out with their next big thing? >_>

    • http://xcite79.1up.com Keegs79

      catch up? Nintendo is still ahead in profits. Its possible for Sony and Microsoft to make catch up to them. If your saying just on graphical capabilities, it doesn’t matter. They will win over support until Sony and Microsoft release their next system. Until then, Nintendo’s next system can be the lead platform since it will be superior to the PS3 and 360.

      Either way you want to look at it, Nintendo needs to release first. They are running dry and they need to take advantage of the success with the Wii. Now I would imagine that Sony and Microsoft’s systems will be more powerful but it didn’t matter this generation. That doesn’t mean it will matter in the next.

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

    That controller certinally sounds interesting! I can only imagine what such a thing could look like

  • Zohar127

    If the rumors are accurate, and based on what configuration the R700 GPU they are using, it could be a lot more powerful than the Xbox360. At least as far as the GPU is concerned. The 360 also uses a triple core Power PC CPU. Depending on how advanced the PPC architecture has gotten in the last 6 years (which if going by x86 advancements is probably revolutionary) it could technically operate at a similar frequency, use less power, and be a whole hell of a lot faster.

    512mb of RAM has me a little worried, though. But maybe I’m just letting the tech-head side of me take over.

    Looking forward to seeing what this thing really is!

  • rockman29

    “The site reaffirms that Project Cafe will have backwards compatibility with both Wii and Gamecube titles.”

    I think this is their major goal with a new Nintendo. They want to carry over the brand Wii has established for Nintendo into the next consoles.

    I don’t think Nintendo is going to be playing catch up. I think they will be successful, but not as successful as they were with Wii.

    If Nintendo plans to carry sales into a new Nintendo just through association to Wii, they will obviously already not do nearly as well since the Wii itself is starting to trail off in sales. The excitement over the control scheme and ‘active gaming’ is just not going to be there like it was in 2006.

  • narutomaki

    sounds like the controller is going to be more expensive then the games

    • http://gematsu.com/members/admin/ Sal Romano

      This. The thing sounds like an iPhone with buttons.

  • Rafi

    Hm…….., interesting but i hope developer can push its limit before it dying fast like Wii !