Monday, May 02, 2005

Nintendo Revolution Details

You can search yourself and probably find better info, but I wanted to document what I've found so far:

1) PowerPC (either 1 or 2) processor, ATI video

2) Gyroscopes & touchy-feely
Apparently the controller will not have traditional buttons and d-pads. Instead, it will feature some sort of twisting/tilting technology and rubbable areas. Jokes aside, I can see how swinging a sword or golf club by swiping an area with your thumb is a cool idea. There is still a need for buttons, but I don't know how that will work. It would also be great if you could twist, tilt and rotate the controller (or the parts of it) to control things.

3) POV revolution?
Apparently this is one of the big revolutions in this console. They have patented a view technology that keeps the focus for the user in a unique way, apparently warping the view to keep everything visible instead of just widening the view area. Not sure about this one...

4) Networking
Wi-fi buit in, free networking system. Cool.

Remember, Nintendo pioneered many features that are now common. Saved games on NES (first Zelda), shoulder buttons on SNES, analog control stick on N64, vibration force-feedback on N64, 3D 3rd person control on N64, camera control on N64, wireless multiplayer on GBA & DS.

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