Underwhelming Revolution Specs

Thanks to IGN and some anonymous tips, the Revolution specs are out in the wild. With the CPU and GPU close to that of the original Xbox, a lot of people are up in arms right now.

This news really does not surprise me. If Nintendo is going to sell the Revolution for $200, or whatever, then it is not going to push the envelope. The only thing that did surprise me in the report is the lack of shader technology on the GPU. But then again, I do not think it is needed for the Revolution.

Nintendo has stated before that the PS3 and Xbox 360 are not direct competition, and now that is clear more than ever. We will obviously have to wait and see, but I bet Nintendo is going to come out of this smelling like roses.

Comments (2)

Not surprised either. And I'm glad that N is going in a different direction rather than just making something with fancier graphics; I just hope that the casual gamer will pick up on it.

LKM:
Thanks to IGN and some anonymous tips, the Revolution specs are out in the wild.

No, they're not. MHz numbers are, but they're pretty much meaningless. If you compare MHz, the Revo is twice as fast as a Cube, and almost as fast as an Xbox. How in the world does this make any kind of sense?

Answer: It doesn't. We have no idea how fast the Revo is going to be if we simply look at MHz numbers. Yeah, it's going to be slower than the other consoles. Big surprise, we already knew that. It's going to be faster then the Cube. Even bigger surprise there.

Ars Technica has a somewhat intelligent assessment of the news.


The only thing that did surprise me in the report is the lack of shader technology on the GPU.

I think the Cube didn't have a Shader either, and it didn't really hurt it. Instead, it had some other nifty features originating from SGI. The Revo's graphics chip is going to be the same, doing some interesting stuff while lacking power in other areas.

Anyway, it doesn't matter. The Revo won't support HDTV, so it needs less graphics power. I'll bet any amount of money that there will be no huge difference between a 360 and a Revo on a normal TV.

Actually, that's the case if you compare an Xbox or a Cube and an Xbox 360, too. Compare Resident Evil 4 to most 360 games on a normal TV. Not that much of a difference.

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