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Friday, 22 April 2011 20:23

New Nintendo console reportedly dubbed Stream

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Retro styling with fresh and juicy hardware
Earlier this week we reported on a number of Nintendo Wii 2 rumours, and as more pieces fall into place it appears that all of them were spot on.

Analysts have suspected for quite some time that Nintendo will try to cater to the somewhat more serious gaming crowd with the new console. While the Wii was successfully aimed at casual gamers, its successor, reportedly dubbed Stream, could also appeal to the core gaming community. It will be styled along the lines of Nintendo’s legendary SNES from the early nineties. Nowadays, retro is all the rage, so why not – at least they are not bringing back Vanilla Ice hairstyles.

The hardware front is anything but retro. The console should feature an interesting novelty in the form of controllers with built in touchscreens. Here is the interesting bit, Nintendo plans to use what it calls ‘Screen Stream’ technology to stream games directly onto the screens, which opens up some very interesting options, at least if you have four controllers and as many people willing to join in on the fun.

In addition, the new console should be able to outpace the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Its tri-core IBM PowerPC processor should end up with a higher clock than the one used in the 360, so we can only guess that it will run at 3.2GHz or 3.4GHz. Coupled with AMD R700 graphics, probably in the HD 4770 class, the new console should pack quite a punch, especially in light of Sony’s and Microsoft’s apparent decision to postpone their consoles until 2014.

At this point the really big question is when Nintendo actually plans to introduce the new console. If it manages to introduce it in early 2012, Nintendo could have at least an 18-month technological lead over the competition. However, all the new technology will come at a price and the new console is expected to sell for $350 to $400.

So much for cheap and cheerful. Nintendo is apparently planning to attack a much more serious consumer base and take on the PS3 and Xbox on their own turf.

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+14 #1 yourma2000 2011-04-22 20:45
I remember someone saying there isn't enough room for more than 2 major consoles targeting the serious gaming industry, people instantly think Xbox and Playstation but if Nintendo do take on the serious crowd then they have potential to go top as they're the ones who will have the child and adult gamers in their hands as Nintendo own rights to franchises such as Mario, Zelda, Pokemon etc etc so if there's only room for two major consoles then I don't think Nintendo will be going anywhere
 
 
+21 #2 gsacks 2011-04-22 20:45
Stream? Really. What is it will Nintendo and names that describe pee?
 
 
+12 #3 dicobalt 2011-04-22 22:51
Wow that's some real old hardware to go in a new system.

The 360 uses a triple core 3.2GHz PowerPC chip. How high does the PowerPC architecture clock up to? It can't be clocked too much higher if those images are correct because there is no room for much of a heatsink.

R700 isn't exactly new either.

I am still skeptical.
 
 
+3 #4 Hobgoblin 2011-04-23 02:28
While it'd be nice to see Nintendo once more cater to the core audience, I some how doubt that they would be able to go that far in the core market now, namely because they have alienated most of their third-party developers. There will have to be some serious sucking up to the third party developers again.

That is if this rumour is true at all.
 
 
+9 #5 chyll2 2011-04-23 05:30
Quoting dicobalt:
Wow that's some real old hardware to go in a new system.

The 360 uses a triple core 3.2GHz PowerPC chip. How high does the PowerPC architecture clock up to? It can't be clocked too much higher if those images are correct because there is no room for much of a heatsink.

R700 isn't exactly new either.

I am still skeptical.

wii never really aimed for ground breaking hardware when it was first introduced

nintendo might be thinking of the same concept.
 
 
+8 #6 Boomstick777 2011-04-23 05:32
The Cpu and Gpu are already outdated, this system will be very VERY cheap for Nintendo to build and they will make a huge amount of profit from it. Releasing it now makes it look high end agaisnt the PS3/Xbox 360 but it isn't, I imagine it will sell extremely well if left unchallenged until 2014.. (Personally I think we will see a new Xbox 360 in 2012)

The Xbox 360 and Ps3 will bring out new consoles with much more advanced tech and make this new Wii look old in comparison. Althought it seems like Nintendo are catering to the high end in fact this new Wii is for the mainstream, like the Wii before it...
 
 
+4 #7 guideX 2011-04-23 06:02
Quoting dicobalt:
Wow that's some real old hardware to go in a new system.
R700 isn't exactly new either. I am still skeptical.




Agreed, but if they go with the HD4770 at least that is more of a middle place between RV700 (HD4000) and RV800 (HD5000).. It's also incredibly cheap (cost $100 2 years ago, the HD6670 which performs the same costs $90 today).

The only sad part.. no support for DX11 and probably will remain DX9 because it wont manage 1080P on DX10.
 
 
-38 #8 Warrior24_7 2011-04-23 08:59
Hmmmm... A triple core 3.2 or 3.4 CPU and a DOO DOO filled 4770? That sounds equal to or alot better than 90% of the PC gamer's PCs that they use now! :D
 
 
+25 #9 Boomstick777 2011-04-23 09:20
Moron24-7 Your such a deuce, im surprised you don't irritate yourself with your Doo Doo filled posts.

Why do you hate on AMD but love your Xbox 360 thats AMD Powered? Your a total idiot, moronic beyond words... Meh
 
 
+9 #10 JEskandari 2011-04-23 10:08
I'd liked to see a better Gpu on that system
that system is a little outdated and sadly
the pc gamer community must again pay the
price for these outdated specs in these
matchboxes
 

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