Project Cafe: pricing, date, design, and architecture details

New details regarding the pricing, release date, console design, architecture, and name of Nintendo’s upcoming high-definition console, supposedly codenamed Project Cafe, have come out by way of IGN sources.

According to the anonymous advisers, the new Nintendo console will cost anywhere between $350 and $400 upon launch, with manufacturing being done in Taiwan by Foxconn. It’ll launch sometime between mid-October and early November, this year. Though, Nintendo may instead opt for an early 2012 release to build up a stable supply of sellable units.

The system will be based on AMD’s R700 GPU architecture, outperforming the PlayStation 3’s NVIDIA 7800GTX-based processor, and boast a custom-built triple-core IBM PowerPC chipset for the CPU, which is the same as Xbox 360, but with faster clocking speeds. It’ll output video in 1080p and there is potential for the inclusion of stereoscopic 3D.

The console itself will look like a modernized SNES. Its size will be comparable to that of the original Xbox 360.

As previously reported, the system’s controllers sport a six-inch touchscreen capable of streaming games from the system. For that reason, one of the console’s many codenames is “Stream”.

As always, the whole situation is still considered a big rumor, but IGN says you should trust their sources.

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