Nintendo Revolution leaks its masterplan

Considering it has the most bombastic codename of the three next-gen games consoles, Nintendo's Revolution has been remarkably coy about revealing its

Considering it has the most bombastic codename of the three next-gen games consoles, Nintendo's Revolution has been remarkably coy about revealing itself in public.

Over the past two days, though, details about the mysterious one have emerged, courtesy of the gaming website ign.com.

The most interesting revelation is that the Revolution will not attempt to compete with the Xbox 360 and PS3 – instead, it will try to attract new gamers with its unconventional controller and an astoundingly low price.

This detail is obviously still uncomfirmed, but rumours suggest that a tag of $99 (£57!) isn't out of the question. Impossible, no? Well, let's just say Ninty won't be stuffing its newbie with raw power – the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is said to only have double the clock rate of the GameCube, while the rumoured 104MB RAM won't be able to handle the high-definition graphics of the Xbox 360, which has 512MB RAM.

Eschewing high-def and opting for a nutsy TV remote-style controller - which works by sensing the movements of your hand - might leave the Revolution lacking in third-party support for games. However, one demo where the controller acts as a virtual fishing rod hints at how alternative it could be compared to Sony and Microsoft's powerful beasts.

We're keeping an open mind. The Nintendo Revolution is pencilled in for a launch at E3 on 9th May next year, with more official details on their way in January.

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