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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Revolution specs

IGN has posted some new info from sources in the game development industry who supposedly possess official Nintendo documentation and claim to have run benchmarks on the IBM-supplied Broadway CPU and ATI's Hollywood GPU in dev kits that are similar in design to final production units. Originally we had heard that Revolution would sport a 1.8GHz processor, and possibly as high as 2.5GHz -- the new figure, according to IGN's sources, is a rather pokey 729MHz -- compared to 485MHz on the GameCube, 733MHz for the original Xbox, three 3.2GHz cores on the 360, and the deified Cell processor in the PS3 (although direct comparisons are unfair due to the different architectures). Meanwhile, the supposed 600MHz ATI chip is now speced at only 243MHz (with 3MB of texture memory), which is a decent bump over the 'Cube's 162MHz GPU, and in the same league as Xbox 1's 233MHz. Total RAM is also rather disappointing -- only 88MB -- but all of these numbers, even if true, are totally in line with what the company has been saying all along: rather than fighting a next-gen console war, they want to provide a unique gaming experience based around an innovative controller in a wallet-friendly package.

Yup. That's the Revolution for you. Keep in mind that these might not be the full specs, but are probably close. Well, Nintendo already told us it would be something like this, that they weren't going after Sony and Microsoft, and here's the proof. And they're taking a lot of people with them. You should see all the good comments about these specs from average people. While I don't really like the specs, I can't say I care that much. I just want to see what gaming with that controller is like. Nintendo is definitely going the right way: Gameplay and affordability over power. And one thing about the graphics compared to the other ones, the Revolution won't need to waste any of that power on HD, which puts a little more into the actual graphics. Anyway. I just got an idea. Will the Revolution really be that revolutionary? I mean, won't it basically be the same as using a computer? I don't know, but I still think I'll check it out. What's your opinion on the Revo so far?

[Engadget again]


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