The rumours flowed about what this Wii 2 would bring to the market. Sources told Blu-ray.com that Nintendo’s new system would adopt Sony’s Blu-ray disc technology. Sources reportedly told French site 01net the specs for this new system, saying the console will have a custom IBM PowerPC CPU with three cores, a GPU from the ATI R700 family with a shader unit at version 4.1, and at least 512Mb of RAM. As well as talking about the new controller, originally reported by CVG, to feature a built in HD touch screen.
The consensus at the moment is that Ninendo will reveal this new console at E3 in June, although these recent reports may force them to show their hand a little sooner, that is if they are in fact developing this console at all.
The prospect of a new console is always an interesting and exciting time. New technology means new games and new experiences. It also raises some questions as to what, if anything, Sony and Microsoft will do in response.
Crytek have reported in a recent interview with Eurogamer that they want to see Sony and Microsoft’s next consoles with 16 times the RAM they current hold.
Tiago Sousa says “My finger-pointing at Microsoft/Sony would really be on the memory side, It’s way too low, and the biggest crippling factor from a visual perspective,”.”I would really like to see next-gen console platforms with a minimum of 8GB,”.
So whilst I would bet Microsoft and Sony will not be making any console announcements any time soon, I certainly agree with Tiago Sousa on the RAM increase and would love to hear of the next generation of consoles in a few years time to contain such power.
What do you guys think?