X-bit Labs published rumors about the hardware specifications of Nintendo's next-gen console. It's reportedly slated for 2012 and carries the codename "Cafe", it's said to feature an IBM Power processor, AMD DirectX 11 graphics, and a new controller with built-in screen.
The next-generation console from Nintendo is internally called "Cafe" and architecturally resembles Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360, but sports higher amount of compute power, reports 01.net web-site. In fact, the Cafe reportedly resembles Xbox 360 even "anatomically": it is based on custom triple-core IBM Power microprocessor and features ATI R700-like (Evergreen) custom graphics engine. The system will have 512MB or higher amount of memory.
The specifications are likely to be very preliminary and exact levels of performance are unknown. Still, DirectX 11-like graphics capabilities seem to be up-to-date, but in 2012 will rather be outdated. Nonetheless, specifically tailored games running on a triple-core processors and with DirectX 11-class graphics at even 720p resolutions should look significantly better than present. It is expected that Nintendo will show off the console at the E3 trade-show in June, 2011, and will therefore unveil at least basic technical specs.
The new controller seems a little weird though, according to Kotaky it will feature a 6.2" screen as well as eight buttons?
Its main controller, as rumored, will include a touchscreen, two analog sticks and a camera, we've confirmed with our own games industry sources who are familiar with Nintendo's plans for the machine.
That new controller's screen will measure 6.2 inches and the controller will also include eight buttons. It won't necessarily be, however, the controller that every Wii 2 gamer uses. It isn't even being positioned as a replacement for the famous Wii Remote.
The new Nintendo console, which some have been referring to as Project Café, will also support Nintendo Wii remote-style controllers.