If you were wondering, like many, why Nintendo
would announce a price cut of the Nintendo Wii (down to $150) in May, just a month before E3 (although the price cut is still just a rumor), this could be the answer. GameInformer is reporting that it has been told by "multiple" (naturally, anonymous) sources that Nintendo intends to announce a new HD-capable video gaming system at E3.
It's unclear just how good those HD graphics will be, however. In order to compete, we'd expect them to be at least as good as on the PS3
or Xbox 360
, but GI said that it's possible that the graphics could still fall short of those other consoles'.
In fact, the Nintendo Wii still managed to gain the top market share among the current generation of video consoles, despite underwhelming gamers when its hardware specs were compared against those of the PS3 Sony and Microsoft Xbox 360. However, its innovative Wiimote controller worked heavily in its favor, and it had plenty of what is needed in a gaming system: fun.
On the other hand, Microsoft and Sony haven't been sitting around. While they have not released new consoles themselves, they did release the PlayStation Move and Microsoft Kinect
, which brought motion-based control to their consoles, too. The Kinect, in addition, has been a hit among those who took it and used it to control all manner of different things, aside from the Xbox 360.
The report is light on any further details, except that the source claims the new system will be released in late 2012. It is unclear if it will be branded as a Wii of some sort, or if it will feature motion based controls or 3D.
E3 2011 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) will be held June 7 - 9 in Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center. Assuming the source is right, we'll find out much more then.