IGN builds the Wii 2 [Video]
The folks at IGN decided to something I’d call a little crazy, and built a PC with specs roughly equivalent to what Project Café is rumoured to pack. They made a video of it in action, which shows off the Frankenstein-like machine and several PC graphical heavy-hitters like Crysis 2 running silky-smooth on it, with comparisons to their Xbox 360 equivalents.
The machine was packed with a 3.2 GHz tri-core AMD processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a Radeon HD 4850 (which uses the R700 series of graphics chips).
Don’t take what you see in the video to be hard evidence of the Wii 2′s true power, though – for one, absolutely none of the rumours about the system have received official confirmation, so there could be anything inside Nintendo’s own system. Second, when games are programmed specifically for a console, developers can optimize it for the hardware to a degree that is simply impossible when coding for computers. That’s how the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 still manage to put out very respectable graphics even though the underlying technology in them is getting close to 6 years old now.
Special thanks to SonOfMrPeanut for sending this one in!
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