And so the cavalcade of pre-E3 news begins!
The 'Net is abuzz today after GameInformer claimed to have gotten confirmation from a number of trusted sources (all of whom remained anonymous) told them that Nintendo is set to reveal their next console at E3 this year. Details are still sparse, but will purportedly be considerably more powerful than the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, according to IGN and Kotaku whom also cite sources, in addition to being able to display games in HD. Pretty much what we all expected, right?
Here's the kicker: it's controller will have a high definition screen built into it. For what purpose, no one knows. CVG, who broke the news on the controller, didn't get any info on that or whether it would have something like a touch screen function or not. The idea, however, is certainly... unusual. Hardly practical, either.
The system, sources say, will be released in late 2012 and will be revealed officially later this month followed by information blow-out at E3. When contacted by GameSpot for comment on the matter, they predictably responded with the ole "we don not comment on rumors or speculation" drivel.
With this being the first real piece pre-E3 news (you see, Sony? This is how it's done; not some superfluous announcement of when and where you press briefing is taking place), I think it's safe to say we're in for a quite a show this year. It's always exciting to hear about a new console coming, especially in cases like this where info is slowly leaked out. Keeps you on your toes!
What I'm most interested in hearing about with this new system is what that screen on the new controller will be for. I think it's safe to assume that motion control is definitely going to be included; that's what put Nintendo in its current success-filed position. The only use I can come up with is using it to display a map or using it to access and navigate menus (assuming it's a touch screen). Neither of those seem like revolutionary additions, though, which is what many of the press' quoted sources are pegging it as. Should be interesting to hear what it's all about.
Sources: GameInformer, IGN, Kotaku, CVG, GameSpot