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8GB of Flash storage rumoured for Project Café

No Blu-ray drive, but instead 25GB propriety disc format says latest speculation

New rumours regarding Nintendo's successor to the Wii, codenamed Project Café, suggest it has 8GB of Flash memory storage rather than a hard drive.

Unnamed sources speaking to Kotaku suggest that the new console will also be able to save to SD cards, similar to the Wii, DSi and 3DS.

The same report claims that Nintendo will be using a propriety disc format able to hold 25GB of data. Previously the console was rumoured to feature a standard Blu-ray drive, but as with all the technical details of the machine Nintendo has yet to make any official announcement.

Most rumours do agree that that the new console will be at least as powerful as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, although the Kotaku report suggests that Nintendo has not decided whether to cap the console's resolution at 1080i or 1080p.

The only details Nintendo has confirmed is that the company will release a new home console in 2012 and that a "playable model" will be shown at E3 in June.

Speculation suggests that the console includes a 6 inch touchscreen controller, although the specifics of the concept vary considerably between sources.

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David Jenkins