With less than six days before the big show, some rather interesting information has crept up online over Nintendo’s biggest announcement: the Wii 2. Hearing tidbits over the past few months, the console’s hardware capabilities were going to push it ahead of the curve against its competition (at least until Sony and Microsoft caught up and released their next-generation consoles).
Yet last month a little information was released on the CPU and graphics processor, stating that it would be an IBM PowerPC supporting three cores and a special ATI graphics card from the R700 design. Standing alone, these two components give Nintendo the barest of steps up in the console race, and had fans questioning issues like RAM, on-board memory, Blu-ray capability, and everything in between.
Perhaps fans won’t have to work so hard to find their answers anymore, as last night on NeoGAF, an image popped up showing off supposed specs of the Wii 2. Keeping in mind that these could very well be fake and that we at Game Rant are checking on the validity of the specifications, see what you think below:
Custom AMD RV770 Chip “WOLF” @ 766Mhz on 32nm process
Custom IBM Power 6 Chip “FOX” on 32nm process
4 cores, each two way SMT-capable and clocked at 3.5 GHz
175.9 GFLOPS theoretical peak performance (single-precision)
87.6 GFLOPS theoretical peak performance (double-precision)
512 MB XDR2 DRAM main memory
+ 1024 GDDR5 video memory
+ 16 MB eDRAM
2.5-inch SATA hard drive with 250 GB / 320 GB capacity
Expanded storage via SD and SDHC card memory (up to 64 GB)
Custom Bluray-Disc, up to 50 GB
Compatible with 7 cm Nintendo GameCube Game Disc and 12 cm Wii Optical Disc
Video output formats
Composite video: 480i, 576i (PAL)
S-Video: 480i, 576i (PAL)
RGB SCART: 480i, 576i (PAL)
Component (YPBPR): 480i, 576i (PAL), 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
D-Terminal: 480i (D1), 480p (D2), 720p (D4), 1080i (D3), 1080p (D5)
HDMI: 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Looking at the information, it’s not unreasonable to believe that this is Nintendo’s upcoming console. Looking at the CPU, the 4-core is a slight alteration from what was stated previously; yet not out of the question. Also the speed at which the processor can push out is just slightly higher that the two consoles currently out now, not the drastic improvement that we were led to believe initially.
Other interesting pieces to keep in mind are the memory allotment and the storage capacity. Memory-wise the 512 MB of main memory backed up by 1024 video memory is a big step above both the Xbox 360 and PS3. Where the Xbox 360 is at 512 MB and 700 MB while the PS3 is only at 256 MB for both. Storage however, is the kicker. Back earlier this month, a rumor was whispered that the Wii 2 would only have 8 GB of on-board storage, while this release — if it’s to be believed — says there’s the option of a 250 GB or 320 GB SATA hard drive.
Not only is that realistic, but it’s also the industry standard and something that if not invested in at this point in the game, could seriously hurt Nintendo. The rest of the breakdown — Blu-ray support with backwards compatibility and HD-support — have all but been confirmed, and making it that much harder to wait around.
With all of that laying at your feet, what do you think? Is it worth your time to get excited and start planning out, or do you think that there is nothing but slander in the report? Let loose your thoughts and let us know what you think, while we count down the days to E3.