News of the Wii 2 broke yesterday, with Game Informer citing anonymous sources revealing details on Nintendo's successor to their current home console, boasting PS3-surpassing power. Nothing has been confirmed just yet, but the rumors are certainly mounting, as now it appears another anonymous source has discovered Nintendo is considering including a blu-ray drive in the Wii 2.
We already investigated news of the Wii 2's apparent specs last night, concluding that it showed Nintendo's apparent focus on reclaiming the hardcore crowd they've abandoned this generation. It's tech is said to be more powerful than both the Xbox 360 and PS3 - which, until now, has been the only differentiator between Nintendo and their rivals - with prototypes being shown to publishers already, in preparation for a 2012 launch.
Personally, I'm inclined to believe all this. Wii sales have sagged of late, and Nintendo must know they can't simply rely on party and family-friendly cash ins to sustain the business long-term. While I doubt their intentions to recapture the hardcore mean they'll similarly abandon the casual crowd, a more powerful, traditional console isn't too farfetched.
However, blu-ray functionality raises a few eyebrows. Namely, because it's Sony tech. I understand Sony is a mass-media company; they don't just make consoles. After all, some parts of Microsoft and Sony - bitter rivals in the console business - get on quite well. However, conceding blu-ray exclusivity to a rival who's already miles ahead of you seems like an odd choice for Sony to make. Although maybe the profit incentives make up for this.
E3 is just around the corner, and I expect it'll be a blockbuster event. Microsoft and Sony can't hope to win consumer's hearts if Nintendo announce a new console and they're left clutching news of Kinect and Move titles. We're excited, are you? [Eurogamer]