Generation 8 Consoles at the moment including announced but mostly unreleased consoles. The console market is now pretty much dominated by 3 players which are Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.
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Nintendo 3DS – The Nintendo 3DS which was released at the beginning of 2011 is a advancement on the popular Nintendo DS and DSi range of hand held Game consoles. It is manufactured by Nintendo and Foxconn. It uses 3D technology originally developed for the Virtual Boy and later the Gameboy advance SP. 3D technology was incorporated into the Nintendo Gamecube but due to high cost and availability of 3D monitors at the time only one 3D game was ever produced and the functionality was never enabled in the console. The 3DS has an ability to produce "3D effects" without the need for any special glasses using a process called "parallax barrier autostereoscopy". Further information on Autostereoscopy can be found in the wikipedia articleAutostereoscopy. The 3DS according to Nintendo is backwardsly compatible with software for the DS and DSi series.
Sony NGP – The NGP or Playstation portable 2 is an hand held games console based on the Sony PSP. Initial reports indicate that the device includes dual analog sticks, a 5 inch Organic Light-emitting diode capacitive touchscreen, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi support. It will be available in a 3G and a non 3G version. Internally, the device features a 4 core ARM Cortex-A9 core processor and a 4 core SGX543MP4+ graphics processing unit as well as a new user interface called Livearea. It will use a new proprietary type of flash storage media called NGP card. Initially these will come in 2GB or 4GB variants with larger sizes available later. Apparently it will support psp downloadable titles and psone classics but wont support umd discs.
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Project Cafe(WII2) – Nintendo have officially announced a sucessor to the WII provisionally called the WII2. It will apparently be demonstrated in a playable form at the electonics entertainment expo in June 2011. Initial speculation is that a new controller will be released based on the old SNES controller. Presumably it will feature HD graphics and a significant increase in processsing power from the original WII.