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Project Café: What do we know?

A couple of weeks ago, rumours started to circulate that we would be seeing a new home console from Nintendo much sooner than any of us anticipated.

The “Wii 2”, or to use it’s super secret codename “Project Café”, is set to make it’s debut at this year’s E3 expo, with a projected release date of some time in 2012.

So what do we actually know about this new console? Below is a list of what we know to be true, and what at this point is typical internet speculation.

What is Nintendo cooking up?

The Controller

According to numerous sources, the new Nintendo controller will feature dual analog sticks in addition to standard d-pad and trigger buttons. It’ll mirror a Gamecube controller in general function but not in specific form. Sources have confirmed that the new controller will allow players to stream entire games to the device from the console, saying it’s like a miniature television. The screen size on the controller is also confirmed to be six inches in size. The price of course depends entirely on how much Nintendo is willing to invest into the development of this ‘Wii 2’, which will ultimately determine the retail price. Initial reports have suggested that the console will sell for up to $500 (around £300).

Could this be the new controller for Project Café?

The Hardware

Again, there is no definitive answer from Nintendo at this early stage, but many reports have suggested that the new console will be “significantly more powerful that the PS3 and xbox360, and will also be capable of running HD AND 3D games.

The console is also said to be backwards compatible with both Wii and Gamecube games, allowing those of you with an abundance of Wii games to keep playing them until your hearts content.

Obviously the HD speculation is completely understandable, and that will probably be a given when Nintendo finally announces the specifications, as the graphic capabilities of the Wii are most definitely outdated and obselete when compared with those of the PS3 and X360. The more interesting report however, is the one suggesting that the console will be capable of running 3D games. Again this is just specualtion, but Nintendo are known for being innovators in the field, what with having introcued the first 3-dimensional game in the form of Super Mario 64, and revolutionising the way we play games with the Wii. It is not too far a stretch of the imagination to believe that Project Café will have 3D capabilities, but again this will most certainly be reflected in the retail price, and let’s face it, 3D technology ain’t cheap.

One can’t help but think that Nintendo is finally looking to recapture the ‘hardcore’ gaming market from Sony and Microsoft. Fans of the Wii have been left wanting when it has come to hardcore titles, and the novelty of Nintendo’s revolutionary console only lasts so long.

Whatever Nintendo is planning, it’s shaping up to be a big reveal come this year’s E3, and it could be the shake up that the games market needs.

For now, here is IGN’s video report on the Wii 2.

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New Need For Speed game announced

Prepare for “The Race for Your Life.”

An EA representative has officially confirmed that the developer will release a new Need For Speed game in November of this year, entitled “Need for Speed: The Run”.

Details are sparce at this early stage, but retailer ShopTo.net has already added a listing for the title, including a teaser trailer and official box art.

Official boxart for "Need For Speed: The Run"

PSNightmare!!!

Electronics giant Sony is facing one of it’s most embarrassing publicity crises in recent memory, and turned the once revered and acclaimed PSN (Playstation Network), into a laughing stock and a source of much anger for for users around the world.

Now into its 7th day of inactivity, thing have gotten even worse for Sony, as they are now reporting that the hack ould potentially lead to the theft of up to 77 million PSN users’ personal information, including credit card details.

This has even led to the British government launching a formal investigation into the matter, and even US and Canadian government bodies have joined the chorus demanding answers about the exposure, including the FBI.

The PSN nightmare continues for millions around the world

This has probably been Sony’s week from hell PR wise, and if they don’t get it fixed soon, it could lead to one of the biggest digital fraud cases the world has ever seen.

PSN users are being urged to be aware of any correspondence they may receive in relation to their personal details. A Sony statement read:

“For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of e-mail, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information,” the company said. “Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information.”

Users are becoming increasingly frustrated and appauled at the apparent ease with which such a massive programme was hacked, especially one that contains the personal data of over 75 million people.

Reports have already started filtering in of fraudulent charges, leading up to $600 in some cases.

Sony has promised to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, but is it too little too late? I can think of 75 million people that probably think it is. The video below answers some FAQ’s that PSN users may have regarding the hack.