Rumour: New Nintendo console to feature 8GB flash memory, support 25GB disc capacity
With the 2011 E3 Expo lingering ahead, just over thirty-five days away now, further rumours have today emerged surrounding Nintendo’s successor to the Wii system.
The console, which is believed to be codenamed Project Café, will include 8 gigabytes of on-board flash-based memory, Kotaku report, citing the information came from “sources familiar with Nintendo’s planned 2012 gaming machine.”
Such a quantity is nearly 16 times larger than that offered with the Wii, yet remains to be dwarfed by the hard drives offered by competitors with both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 providing up to 250GB.
Their sources wouldn’t specify how Nintendo would plan to allow the memory to be used, but it would provide plenty of room for download services such as the WiiWare and Virtual Console software previously seen on Wii. Such an increase in capacity would also allow games to be patched and updated, although downloadable content would undoubtedly begin to quickly fill the flash-based memory.
However, the console will support the ability to save to SD cards – a seeming necessity if Nintendo are to offer larger full-sized games for download as seen through Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Store.
Further to this, the new Nintendo system would match both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in their abilities to render and output graphics in high-definition yet it is unknown as to whether the resolution will be capped at 1080i or 1080p.
Also, sources claim that the disc format for the new console will be able to hold 25GB of data – triple the capacity of that seen with the Wii and Xbox 360, and similar in size to a single-layer Blu-Ray disc on the PlayStation 3.