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Trusted IGN Source Gives More Project Cafe Details, Says It Could Release This Year

by Ernice Gilbert on April 21st, 2011, under Hot, News, Nintendo

Biggest Project Cafe rumor to hit the net has just surfaced, as a trusted IGN source has told the site that not only is Project Cafe real, but the next-gen hardcore console could see a release this year if Nintendo so chooses. Lots more juicy details are also packed in the reveal, including design and pricing.

According to the insider, the console will cost between $350 and $400 based on estimated manufacturing costs, and it will ship from Taiwanese manufacturer, Foxconn. Foxconn is the same company responsible for PS3 Slim and the Xbox 360 redesigned console.

Project Cafe as it’s now called will start leaving the factory in October, which means it could be ready by November. However the source claimed Nintendo might opt to wait until 2012 to allow developers time to make more games.

By doing that, Nintendo might also get the opportunity to “lower the retail price of the system with lower profit margins to make the price more alluring,” tactics used by both Sony and Microsoft.

But that’s now all:

“The system is based on “AMD’s R700 GPU architecture, not AMD’s Fusion technology as previously believed, which will, as previously reported, out perform the PlayStation 3′s NVIDIA 7800GTX-based processor. Like the Xbox 360, the system’s CPU will be a custom-built triple-core IBM PowerPC chipset, but the clocking speeds will be faster. The system will support 1080p output with the potential for stereoscopic 3D as well, though it has not been determined whether that will be a staple feature.”

The source also told IGN that the console’s size will be almost the same as the original Xbox, but will look more like a futuristic SNES. The insider did confirm that the controls will feature integrated touchscreens with the capability of streaming games to each controller while “feasibly provide a virtualized console for each individual unit.”

Many names are being flung around Nintendo, but “Stream” seems to stand out, however there are many other names being considered.

Rumor has it Nintendo will release Stream Project Cafe in June, at E3.

3 Comments

  1. Fri, 22nd Apr 2011 at 4:02 am

    if they do announce it at E3 this year its going to steal the show!
    i hope those specs are not right though.
    whats the point of releasing a Ferrari f430 in the age of the Ferrari 458 italia?

  2. Fri, 22nd Apr 2011 at 6:02 am

    Well they have to be aware of pricing…..what’s the sense to release a ferrari and sell none when you could have released a Toyota Camry, still comfortable, and make billions….?

  3. Fri, 22nd Apr 2011 at 11:42 am

    its ninty, they could charge 600 bucks for it and still have drones lining up around the block days before release!
    why would you buy a wii 2 if you already have a ps3 or 360?
    ok, they have a totally different style of games, but whats wrong with a wii?
    there releasing hardware their competitors released 5 years ago!
    its like bringing out a new gaming laptop, but instead of having a DVD drive it has a floppy disk drive!

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