As we get closer to E3 and the promised unveiling of Nintendo's mysterious Project Cafe, the air is thick with rumours. Fortunately, there are people who have carefully collated all the news that's fit to print.
Backwards compatibility, the type and amount of memory, and just what the controller will look like are all being discussed over at NeoGAF, where Cheesemeister invites you all to "sit back, grab a cup of Hot Coffee and discuss any and all rumors" on the topic.
At the moment, "credible" rumours include:
- New console using a R700 AMD GPU
- Also using a TriCore PPC similar to the one in X360
- Minimum of 512MB RAM
- 25GB Optical Disc & 8GB of on-board flash
- No built-in HDD included, SD card dependent
- Controller has a 6.2" touchscreen on it
- Controller also has the standard set of controls & buttons (d-pad, dual analog, 4 face buttons, 2 shoulders & 2 triggers)
- Controller also has a camera & gyros/accelerometers
- Backwards compatible with Wiimote
- More powerful than PS360 (significantly or just a tad bit is undefined)
- Production starts as early as October 2011
Another section lists "reasonable" rumours dealing with dev kits, Rockstar Games, friend codes, launch dates and the potential price point for the console.
Then, of course, there are the things that even the rumour-mongers themselves admit are out of left field. Gamers are getting more than a little excited that one such story circulates around a sequel for Eternal Darkness, which Zelda Informer claims is being developed by Retro.
When you're done reading the multi-page thread, pop over to the Nintendo World Report forums for a different perspective, consolidating all published rumours since September last year. As the posters themselves admit though, you are advised to "bring your own salt".
CC image, courtesy Toby Alter.