IGN: Wii 2 = Stream, powered by R700 and 3core IBM, $350-$400 [Fixed Thread]

#1
IGN said:
More details of Nintendo's forthcoming console, codenamed Project Cafe aka Wii 2, have been revealed to IGN, including the system's estimated pricing, release, console design, processing architecture, and name.

According to sources with knowledge of the project, Nintendo's next console could have a retail price of anywhere between $350 and $400 based on manufacturing costs, and will ship from Taiwanese manufacturer, Foxconn, this October, putting the earliest possible retail release anywhere between mid-October and early November.

However, Nintendo could also opt to build up a sizable supply of the system and allocate more time for software and games development by launching in early 2012. Similarly, Nintendo could attempt to lower the retail price of the system with lower profit margins to make the price more alluring.

Since the manufacturing is taking place in Taiwan, the earthquakes and tsunami that hit Japan last month will not impact the console hardware as previously expected.

Additionally, IGN has learned that the system will be based on a revamped version of 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.

In terms of the design of the console itself, the overall size will be comparable to that of the original Xbox 360 and the system is likely to resemble a modernized version of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).

As reported last week, it will indeed utilize controllers with integrated touchscreens and be capable of streaming games to each controller, though given the power of the system, could also feasibly provide a virtualized console for each individual unit.

Finally, Nintendo is considering naming the console Stream, though it is potentially one of several names currently being vetted by the company.

We contacted Nintendo representatives, but they declined to comment on "rumors or speculation."

For more on Project Cafe, stay tuned to IGN.com.
Source: http://gear.ign.com/articles/116/1163325p1.html
 

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#6
Stephen Colbert said:
This seems credible enough to warrant a new thread.

IGN just reported that Project Cafe is currently named Stream and will be out either fall 2011 or March 2012. Design will resemble the SNES and be similar in size to Xbox 360. The price could be $349 or $399

http://wii.ign.com/articles/116/1163362p1.html

Some of this has been reported by others.

This is particularly interesting because the name stream adds credence to the earlier leaked image which repeatedly used the term Screen Stream when describing the controls.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/new...pt-Designs-for-Nintendos-Project-Cafe-Surface
I hadn't seen that mockup of the controller before--that looks amazing.
 
#16
Now it needs a Yoga game.

Additionally, IGN has learned that the system will be based on a revamped version of 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
Syntax makes it hard for me to follow here, then again I'm tired... and not tech-savvy at all.
 
#24
Eh probably could have done without the extra thread, its basically the same discussion as the other one.

Those supposed images in the escapist are so fake though.
 
#33
so TECH-GAF, what kind of performance can we expect if these IGN rumors are true?

Or are there still too many variables we don't know to give an accurate guess?

Stream sounds too basic of a name to me.
 
#35
Fall 2011 isn't realistic. In business sense it's way too close with 3DS's release and Nintendo doesn't have resources to pump out enough games for both 3DS and Wii2.
 
#38
Futureman said:
so TECH-GAF, what kind of performance can we expect if these IGN rumors are true?

Or are there still too many variables we don't know to give an accurate guess?

Stream sounds too basic of a name to me.
well the GPU would be heavily modified for better performance etc for a console.

As for performance the 360 GPU does about 240 GLOPS performance. a Mid range R700 on PC can do roughly 960 GLOPS while a high end R700 can be anywhere from 1200-2400 GLOPS
 
#39
Captain Pants said:
As a console plebe, I'm curious, is that R700 a good card? What kind of muscle is that in comparison to what the PS3 and 360 can do?
Well the r700 is two generations ahead of whats in the 360, which uses the r500 I believe. Other than that it depends on how they customize it.
 
#45
Not really helpful information. The R700 ranges from the good (for a console) 4870 to the awful 4350. I'm not sure why they wouldn't use a similarly performing 5XXX instead.