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#1 Ironman273

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 16:48

Rumor: "Nintendo Fusion" Is Nintendo's New Next-Gen System
ANDY CHALK | 21 JANUARY 2014 3:30 PM

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A rumor has surfaced claiming that Nintendo is hard at work on its next generation of home and portable consoles, collectively known as "Fusion."

 

An anonymous source claims that Nintendo, which is reeling after an absolutely disastrous year, is working on the successor to the much-maligned Wii U. Called Nintendo Fusion, it's a collective name for Nintendo's next generation of both the home and portable consoles.

 

Nintendo actually purchased the nintendofusion.com domain in 2003 in support of the Nintendo Fusion Tour, a rock and video game music festival that ran for four years, but it has since gone dormant. And while news that Nintendo isn't just watching its money evaporate is not in itself remarkable, it is noteworthy that there are actual "possible" specs for the hardware, suggesting that development is relatively far along.
 

Fusion DS:

  • CPU: ARMv8-A Cortex-A53 GPU: Custom Adreno 420-based AMD GPU
  • COM MEMORY: 3 GB LPDDR3 (2 GB Games, 1 GB OS)
  • 2 130 mm DVGA (960 x 640) Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Slide Out Design with Custom Swivel Tilt Hinge
  • Upper Screen made of Gorilla Glass, Comes with Magnetic Cover
  • Low End Vibration for Gameplay and App Alerts
  • 2 Motorized Circle Pads for Haptic Feedback
  • Thumbprint Security Scanner with Pulse Sensing Feedback
  • 2 1mp Stereoptic Cameras
  • Multi-Array Microphone
  • A, B, X, Y, D-Pad, L, R, 1, 2 Buttons
  • 3 Axis Tuning Fork Gyroscope, 3 Axis Accelerometer, Magnetometer
  • NFC Reader
  • 3G Chip with GPS Location
  • Bluetooth v4.0 BLE Command Node used to Interface with Bluetooth Devices such as Cell Phones, Tablets
  • 16 Gigabytes of Internal Flash Storage (Possible Future Unit With 32 Gigabytes)
  • Nintendo 3DS Cart Slot
  • SDHC "Holographic Enhanced" Card Slot up to 128 Gigabyte Limit
  • Mini USB I/O
  • 3300 mAh Li-Ion battery

Fusion Terminal:

  • GPU: Custom Radeon HD RX 200 GPU CODENAME LADY (2816 shaders @ 960 MHz, 4.60 TFLOP/s, Fillrates: 60.6 Gpixel/s, 170 Gtexel/s)
  • CPU: IBM 64-Bit Custom POWER 8-Based IBM 8-Core Processor CODENAME JUMPMAN (2.2 GHz, Shared 6 MB L4 cache)
  • Co-CPU: IBM PowerPC 750-based 1.24 GHz Tri-Core Co-Processor CODENAME HAMMER
  • MEMORY: 4 Gigabytes of Unified DDR4 SDRAM CODENAMED KONG, 2 GB DDR3 RAM @ 1600 MHz (12.8 GB/s) On Die CODENAMED BARREL
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wireless
  • Bluetooth v4.0 BLE
  • 2 USB 3.0
  • 1 Coaxial Cable Input
  • 1 CableCARD Slot
  • 4 Custom Stream-Interface Nodes up to 4 Wii U GamePads
  • Versions with Disk Drive play Wii U Optical Disk (4 Layers Maximum), FUSION Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD) and Nintendo 3DS Card Slot
  • 1 HDMI 2.0 1080p/4K Port
  • Dolby TrueHD 5.1 or 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Inductive Charging Surface for up to 4 FUSION DS or IC-Wii Remote Plus Controllers
  • Two versions: Disk Slot Version with 60 Gigs of Internal Flash Storage and Diskless Version with 300 Gigs of Internal Flash Storage

Nintendo News claims it has an "impeccable reputation" with regard to rumors but also notes, as do I, that none of this is substantiated and is subject to change and/or outright denial at any time. And while it's only been a little over a year since the Wii U was released, it's been such an unmitigated disaster that I wouldn't be surprised if Nintendo is in a rush to get a successor out the door. Whether or not it will do anything to restore its credibility is another matter entirely, but at this point, anything is better than nothing.

 

Source: The Escapist




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Posted 22 January 2014 - 16:56

I think if Nintendo could build in Handheld-to-TV functionality similar to Sony's Vita-TV, but as part of the real console, that could be huge. The "fusion" name certainly lends itself to the thought of some combined gaming experience. It'll be interesting to see what they come up with. As long as they give the console a non-stupid name and actually market the thing, I think it could do well.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 16:56

They should just forget the Wii-U Ever happened and bury it a Mexico landfill next to ET.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 17:02

Looks interesting.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 17:07

This was posted in another thread earlier, really doesn't have the credibility to warrant being reported.

 

An HVD drive, really? Come on people.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 17:13

This was posted in another thread earlier, really doesn't have the credibility to warrant being reported.

 

An HVD drive, really? Come on people.

The HVD makes this a "real" Nintendo rumor, as they're the ones who used mini-DVD's and DVD's read backwards to prevent piracy. An HVD drive is another perfect example - tested tech, massive storage space, impossible to pirate with dorm room tech.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 17:31

The HVD makes this a "real" Nintendo rumor, as they're the ones who used mini-DVD's and DVD's read backwards to prevent piracy. An HVD drive is another perfect example - tested tech, massive storage space, impossible to pirate with dorm room tech.

 

HVD NOT HD-DVD. HVD is Holographic. They have several terabyte storage capacity on the standard drive with potential for much much more. they also have theoretical read speeds far in excess of any optical or magnetic drive, potentially rivalling todays SSDs. HOWEVER today it only exist as limited production backup systems and are extremely effective, and there are NO plants capable of pressing HVD disks with retail data, heck I don't think they even can be pressed but have to be written one by one. which theoretically could be an advantage as each disk could have a unique serial number. but even with the read and write speeds of HVD. writing each disk instead of pressing, on top of no plants having the equipment to handle them spells one word: EXPENSIVE. 



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 17:36

There's to many wet dreams in those specs to be real. 

 

Also why would they support cablecard. an american standard that's barely used and would require custom US hardware, while Europe would need at least three models

DVB-S: with CAM reader and satelite tuner

DVB-C: with CAM and Cable tuner

DVB-T: with cam and terrestrial DVB-T tuner and MPEG2 and MPEG4 decoder depending on country. well MPEG 4 for all for future proofing actually. 

 

and even then it'd be pointless and for most people this would be interesting, they would already have PVR's with multiple tuners. Built in tuner make no sense, MS' solution is a lot better than a built in tuner. it gives you all the benefits of both and then some. 



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 17:37

name  = Wii Y ???



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 17:37

This is completely false, nintendo always has leaks from various developers...

Plus using an IBM POWER8, LOL, I THINK NOT.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 17:43

There's to many wet dreams in those specs to be real. 

 

 

 

Yes, its obviously written by someone who just started writing down the most awesome stuff they could think of. The HVD thing is pretty much a give-away, like they went to a search engine and typed in "what comes after Blu-ray" to find out what kind of fantasy disc-drive they could put down.

 

And why mention Dolby TrueHD in the specs, what the point of that, other than Blu-ray movie playback-  In which case it would be a given to meet BD spec and would also have DTS HD-MA.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 17:52

It would be an awesome machine, but it would also be ridiculously expensive, the game disks as well. and even if any third party devs made games for it, they wouldn't make them look any better than on the other "next" gen consoles anyway. and with the other two going for easy to use X86 hardware, why would they wan to spend resource develping for a yet another niche system with a different architecture. 

 

if Nintendo did make a new next gen system, it would be x86, anything else would be suicide today. 



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 18:01

This is BS, there is no such thing as 'custom Adreno 420', this GPU is not OEM-configurable like the Mali or PowerVR series. Qualcomm doesn't share its GPU IP with anybody unlike ARM, additionally this GPU is exclusive to the Snapdragon 805 SoC family. Reason for which there has never been any sort of Adreno GPU on a non Qualcomm-based SoC.



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 18:02

yea  i dont buy it at all . all Fake tho nice sounding system  what i do think Nintendo may do or could do cause i know they wont just stop  with Wii U support  sorry but it will keep going but what they could do  is release a Firmware update  that could increase the clock speed  of the  Tri-core chip in the current system  and when you are gaming  they could increase  it to say 1.6 to 2.2ghz or so cause i am sure the  CPU or well the  MCM board Nintendo uses  is very much capable of those speeds  this  may help  and i don see why  that when you are not doing gaming but  just  using the OS or web browsing   or netflix or maby multitasking they can lower it down to a lower level till ya return to a game 

 

 

The only thing this will do is increase the watts  during gameplay and some other possible scenarios  but still when just running  Wii games  or  using any  of the apps  you downloaded from the eShop it run default clock and stay at the watts it does now 



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 18:06

Even if these rumours are true, and I'm highly sceptical, Nintendo is going to have to do a lot more than simply throw specs at consumers.

 

Third-party support for Nintendo consoles is virtually nonexistent; it hasn't had much in the way of mature games for decades (in fact it has actively shunned them); it has no major IPs that are graphically innovative (it has no Halo, Killzone, Forza or GT); it has no online service to rival Xbox Live or PSN and needs more than the 60GB of storage listed for the basic model to handle digital distribution (even the 300GB version is way below that of the XB1 and PS4 (which are also very storage limited)).

 

If it's going to use the Wii U GamePad controller (the specs mention it can handle four of them) then Nintendo might as well give up now, as that was one of the main reasons the Wii U failed (it was gimmicky and massively increased the cost of the console).

 

Nintendo just doesn't have the reputation of Sony or Microsoft when it comes to console gaming, nor does it appeal to core gamers. A new console with better specs isn't going to fix anything.





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