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The Next Nintendo
This is an article taken
from Popular Science magazine; please note that I did not write it.
The Next Nintendo
How will Nintendo's
next-generation video game platform, called Gamecube, stack up against
Sega Dreamcast, Sony Playstation2, and Microsoft Xbox? According to Nintendo,
Gamecube (known in an earlier incarnation as Dolphin) will be more powerful
than any of its peers when it launches next October.
Gamecube is powered
by a 405 MHz copper-wire IBM main processor, an ATI graphics processor
with onboard memory, and 40MB of memory. The 6- by 6- by 4.3-inch system
uses 1.5 GB proprietary 3.1-inch discs, which are slightly smaller than
regular CDs. And unlike Playstation2, it won't play back DVD movies. Other
features include two serial ports, a parallel port, and two slots for 4MB
Digicard memory cards. A digital audio-out port will pass along Dolby Surround
sound-not Dolby Digital. A modem doesn't come standard with the Gamecube
but will be available as an option.
feature may be its interactivity with Nintendo's next-generation handheld
system, Game Boy Advance, which will be available in the United Staes next
July. On its own, the handheld system will be 17 times faster than the
current Game Boy Color, and will sport a 60 percent higher resolution TFT
LCD capable of displaying 32,000 colors. When plugged into the Gamecube,
The Game Boy Advance acts as a discreet controller. Its display, for example,
could be used to select offensive and defensive football plays in absolute
privacy. Or you could store personal plays on the Game Boy Advance for
use on a friend's system.
While U.S. pricing
for the Gamecube and Game Boy Advance have not been announced, the latter
will sell for $90 when it launches in Japan next March.
©2000 Popular Science magazine. Used without permission.