Courtesy of IGN, we've gotten our hands on some details about "Project Cafe" (Or Wii 2, if saying the codename makes you feel silly). IGN says they have intel on many aspects of the new console, ranging from the hard tech to console design.
According to their report, Project Cafe will have the following:
• GPU - Wii 2's GPU will be a modified version of AMD's R700 architecture.
• CPU - The CPU will be a custom-designed triple-core version of the IBM PowerPC chipset.
• Visuals - Project Cafe will run in 1080p, and may be able to utilize Stereoscopic 3D, though it hasn't been confirmed as a feature.
• Size & Design - The console will be around the same size as the first-gen Xbox 360, and may be designed to look like a futuristic looking Super Nintendo.
• Price - Say goodbye to Nintendo having the "budget" console: Project Cafe may cost between 350 and 400 dollars.
• Release Date - Supposedly, the Cafe itself could be ready to ship from the manufacturer to retailers as soon as mid-to-late October, but in order to give developers more time with the new hardware, Nintendo may not launch the console until early 2012.
We've been unable to confirm these details ourselves and, in fact, have been told by our sources that the system will launch in 2012. IGN's previous Wii 2 coverage has dovetailed with things we've heard and reported, but all of this is a bit nebulous for those of us trying to nail things down.