Project Café to have 8 GB of flash memory and 25 GB discs?

SSDKotaku just came out with an unconfirmed report telling us that the Wii’s successor will have HD, but no HDD. Instead, they say it will feature a measly 8 GB of flash memory. For comparison, the Xbox 360 launched in 2005 with a 20 GB hard drive. The system will allegedly be open to additional memory by means of SD cards, just like the Wii, DSi, and 3DS, but I still think it will be inconvenient for purchasers to be forced to buy additional storage just because they want to say, download a large expansion pack or two.

Additionally, Kotaku’s sources have told them that Project Café will not utilize HD-DVD or Blu-ray discs, but will opt for a proprietary disc format with a capacity of 25 GB instead – the same capacity as a single-layer Blu-ray disc.

They also said that they’ve heard conflicting reports on whether the Wii 2′s resolution will cap out at 1080i or 1080p.

I find the rumour of 8 GB of memory rather worrying. Flash memory does have many advantages over hard drives, but considering how cheap the latter has become, I think it would honestly be a little silly of Nintendo to not step up to the plate and give us enough space to, you know, not have to “clean the fridge.” While 8 GB is 16 times the amount of memory the Wii had, Wii 2 games will no doubt be larger in size, so that amount of memory will probably still fill up just as fast.

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  1. Okami

    A bit foolish… DLC and DC could fill that up pretty fast. As dor 1080p vs 1080p? 1080p, of course. Don’t be that guy, Nintendo.

  2. Mason

    If that’s true then I am sorely disappointed. At least do double figures Nintendo.
    Apart from that, nice blog Feld0 :) with this website and david’s stream blog my wii 2 updates are covered.

    • Thanks, Mason. I’m glad you like my blog, and you can be sure I’m gonna keep working hard on it in the future. ;)

      I think it’s good, actually, that you follow both mine and David’s blogs. As tempting as it is to say you don’t need any blogs other than mine, it’s always better to get your information from multiple sources whenever you can.

    • nefisto


      Mason:

      If that’s true then I am sorely disappointed. At least do double figures Nintendo. Apart from that, nice blog Feld0 with this website and david’s stream blog my wii 2 updates are covered.

      This rumor is causing an uproar and anger on the Internet if nintendo are seeing this dissatisfaction has to think to do this E3 as it is very likely to be false but if true will have to think how to solve this, because the consumer does not you think this little strategy of 8GB but remember it’s just rumor until we know the whole truth E3.

  3. Jikayaki

    Honestly this is what I’m expecting. It was always going to be either 8 GB or 16 GB flash memory a hard drive inside the console for various reasons seemed unlikely. The best option open to Nintendo is to allow external HDDs through USB. Perhaps selling one SDK with a proprietary 120 GB external HDD.

  4. nefisto

    This rumor is false.

  5. DaimyoNintendo

    I hope this rumor is fake, I am on my knees hoping its fake. I first read it on Kotaku.com and have been trying to get verification from IGN.com. I usually don’t believe outlandish rumors like this but this makes me furious.

  6. Think about it in the same light as the “Arcade XBOC 360,” with its 2GB installed memory; you can just buy external hard drives. At least that’s how I’m looking at it.

    • Still, 8 GB of internal memory is what the original Xbox shipped with in 2001. I think it’s ridiculous to settle for that little in today’s world, where you can get a 1.5 TB hard drive for under $100.

  7. gamer that makes sense

    anyone expecting a harddrive is in cloud cook-oh land!!!!! nintendo has used flash since the n64 why would they now go backwards to 1950s tech HARDDRIVES ARE 1950S TECHNOLOGY ……

    n64 had flash based memory carts that went into the n64 pad nintendo was in the very first wave of flash users and HATE hard drives…. as there loud hot have moving parts and break easy NINTENDO ISNT IN THE BUSINESS OF MAKING NON CHILD NON TEEN FRIENDLY CONSOLES THAT BREAK AT THE MEREST TOUCH/FALL COUGH X360/PS3…..

    and fan noise and harddrive noise is a painm in the ass nintendo makes cool quit consoles there NOT DUMB like MS solid state drives are the future as are flash cards THATS COMMONSENSE all smart phones tablets net pads and even full fledged computers are now solid state no harddrives at all

    all camcorders and digital cameras etc etc etc etc etc all use flash drives and flash cards HARDDRIVES ARE OBSOLETE

    wii 2 will combine solid state drive with a flash card slot so every single wii 2 owner can have any amount of storage they choose 8gb internal and as many 32/64gb flash cards you want i bet it will ship with a flash card too around say 4/8gb card as 3DS shipped with a 2GB card

    8GB internal pls 64GB card in slot = 72gb i reall dont see how 72gb is something to sneer at

    putting 1950s lod hot unreliable tech in a 2012 console is something to sneer at harddrives are SLOW AND OLD

    • Jikayaki

      There are other options Nintendo could utilize to make up for the memory issue outside just SD cards. They could offer cloud based online storage, allow for the use of external harddrives, perhaps even allowing retro games to be streamed instead of downloaded, but your not going to see a large SSD. Its still one generation too early for them to be cheap enough. Once you get to about 32 GB with a SSD card currently even at mass production levels its more cost effective to buy a harddrive.

  8. gamer that makes sense...

    impression of a pc loading up windows from a harddrive zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    impression of a pc loading up windows from a flash drive ZIP DONE i rest m case !!!!!

    impression of a ps3 game install loading from a ps3 harddrive zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    impression of a ps3 loading game install from a laptop flash drive ZIP DONE i rest m case NINTENDO hate harddrives for obvios reasons

    flash destroys hard drive

  9. RockD79

    Honestly I think this info is not accurate. The system is still 12-18 months away from release so hearing all this disk space and hard drive space chatter sounds too premature. Im sure none of it has been finalized.

  10. james braselton

    hi there yesterday a power glitch took out my xbox 360 and bought the 4 gb ssd xbox 360 and the differance in playing halo is 4 times faster no load time zero lag time dont want too have any hard drive gaming i will always be playing with flash storage with faster read right speeds all i care about is the speed of storage faster acess please no hard drives in wii there too slow for gaming

  11. hi there getting 128 gb sdxc cards 4 128 gb external ssds thats 684 gegabytes flash storage yes there are 3.2 terabyte ocz ssds at best but website go too http://www.bestbuy.com it only cost $16,500