8/24/2000: Nintendo GameCube will be the most powerful console... in one year
Although it will not be thrown to the market until July, 2001 in Japan, and despite the scarce success of the current Nintendo 64, the famous Japanese company of video - game has already decided to reveal the characteristics of his future Nintendo GameCube (earlier named Dolphin)... and they seem very promising.
The first thing that will impress of this console is his aspect: approximately cubic and very small (15x16x11 cm), in addition to (seemingly solid and resistant, what is the whole need on the infantile market; his control control seems to be made for beings with four or five hands (or for children, that it is the same); and with a practical handle to transport it (or that seems to us to identify in the photos).
And in the technical aspect it seems no to have rival, at least nowadays: a microprocessor 405 MHz Gekko , derivative of the IBM Power PC, with 64 KB of cache memory L1 and 256 KB of cache memory L2; graphic chip to 202,5 MHz, made by ATI, capable of up to 12 million polygons per second; a whole of 40 MB of memory; and a support for games for optical disc Matsushita 8 cm (Panasonic) .
This storage system can be one of the factors that make triumph to the new Nintendo product... or to sink. His enormous capacity (1,5 GB) will allow games much more complex than those of the Nintendo 64, and his size turns out to be practical; but the true thing is that the CD - ROM and DVD-ROM are more standard and easier formats to "practise piracy", what can be a villain for the programmer... but that sometimes it turns out to be beneficial for the manufacturer of the console.
Now "only" he stays to convince in this project the games programmers, to extract it on time and to wait that while it is not overcome by the competition (there be read Sony and, perhaps, Microsoft). Will they obtain it?
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