While IGN Editor Scott Lowe won’t divulge IGN’s sources, he insists that these are trustworthy while reminding readers that pre-release tech information is easily subject to change.
With that in mind, IGN just divulged some of the specifics specs of the console and also confirmed that the console will be manufactured in Taiwan, so the tragedy in Japan will not affect production or distribution.
“IGN has learned that the system will be based on a revamped version of AMD’s R700 GPU architecture, not AMD’s Fusion technology as previously believed, which will, as previously reported, out perform the PlayStation 3’s NVIDIA 7800GTX-based processor. Like the Xbox 360, the system’s CPU will be a custom-built triple-core IBM PowerPC chipset, but the clocking speeds will be faster. The system will support 1080p output with the potential for stereoscopic 3D as well, though it has not been determined whether that will be a staple feature.”
I’m not much of a tech guy, so it’s hard for me to comment on this, but that sounds like some pretty powerful hardware. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nintendo blows Microsoft and Sony right out of the water with this one, but we’ll see what happens at E3 this year.