New Nintendo DSi To Be As Fast As The Wii?

Posted: Nov 16 2009, 11:19am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 5:31pm CDT, in News | Gaming


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Nintendo fanboys; prepare to start salivating. It looks like Iwata and his boys have finally found a way to set their handheld gaming devices above the iPhone. Since they can't match the versatility of a smartphone with something like the DS, Nintendo intends to attract consumers back to handheld gaming by offering them graphics quality that no iPhone game can compete with. Digital Foundry (via Electronista) reports that the new DSi will pack a Tegra 2 processor.

This new processor will mark a "colossal" jump in power and speed. How colossal? The new DSi could be just as fast as the Wii, with more support for visual effects. If true, this will mark the first time that a handset has been more powerful than a modern console.

What makes this possible is the ARM11 architecture inside the Tegra 2 chip. This CPU will allow the new DSi to render texture and shade like never before. Bottom line; the Tegra 2 will be roughly twice as powerful as the Tegra, while running at a higher clock speed and using less power than its predecessor.

Nintendo isn't the only company looking to beef up their handsets. Sony's PSP is also rumored to have a new processor; the quad-core SGX543. This would put it on roughly the same level as the Xbox, well above even the Tegra 2. So when will we see these sweet new handsets?

The new DSi could be out as early as next year. Tegra 2 production begins in 2010, and it's possible that we could see a new DSi by that year's holiday season. The new PSP is likely to take longer to arrive; around 2011. All of this news is still unconfirmed, so take it with a grain of salt until we start to see some more detailed leaks from Nintendo and Sony.

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