We know all about the inner pyrotechnics of the PS3 and Xbox 360, but now the mysterious third console known as the Nintendo Revolution has given us a glimpse under its bonnet.
The details have emerged thanks to chatter in console speakeasies between games studio insiders and website IGN.
The gigahertz and RAM talk offers no big shocks. The Revolution will use an extension of the GameCube’s architecture and an IBM ‘Broadway’ CPU that is almost identical in performance to the original Xbox and over four times slower than the 360.
The 88MB RAM – a little short of the PS3 and 360’s 512MB – also won’t be able to handle high-def graphics.
Performance stats give the impression that the Revolution will be a Morris Miner to its foes’ purring Ferraris, but power has never been the point of Ninty’s baby.
It’ll be significantly cheaper – around the £170 mark – and we can’t wait to wave around its TV-remote controller and hook it up to our DS Lite.
Unfortunately, this may not happen in the UK as soon as we thought. Nintendo’s President Satoru Iwata recently hinted at the Games Developers Conference in San Jose that the console wouldn’t get the simultaneous launch of the PS3 and Xbox 360.
We’re still expecting to see it unveiled at E3 in May ahead of an autumn launch in Japan, but this news could see it slipping dangerously close to Christmas for the UK. Join us in praying to the gods of Mario and maybe we’ll ward off those delays.