Although Nintendo has yet to officially announce precise details of its next-gen console, still codenamed the Revolution, games website IGN has compiled a likely set of figures from “a variety of trusted development sources”. These don’t hold many surprises and confirm what Nintendo has been saying all along – that the new console isn’t trying to engage itself in the high tech battle that Microsoft and Sony are throwing themselves into, instead focusing on a quiet, inexpensive and compact.
Without going into the nitty-gritty of clock speeds and so on, the new console makes a fair comparison to the original Xbox in terms of numbers, although obviously the architecture of each system differs greatly and that’s what really counts from a developer’s perspective.
In fact the Revolution runs on an extended version of the GameCube’s architecture which has made it very easy for development studios to get stuck right in without having to learn everything from scratch again, which should mean that games will not only run better but are cheaper to make too.
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