We have already discussed the new digital distribution system that Taito has developed (called NESICAxLive) but one area we were waiting to hear more about are the specs for Taito’s new hardware platform, the Type X Zero. Taito unveiled those specs today, here is a rundown:
CPU: Intel Atom230 1.6GHz
GPU/Graphics: nVidia GeForce 9400M, DirectX10 support, 2 video ports
Memory: 1 GB DDR2
OS: Microsoft ® Windows ® Embedded Standard 7
Onboard LAN (10/100/1000Mbps)
Audio: 5.1 ch HD support
2 or 4GB of Memory
HDD: 250GB-1TB or 16GB SSD
You can compare this to the Type X2 hardware here. The system sports a custom BIOS to try and prevent piracy and if I read it correctly, it includes a built-in UPS to handle power interruptions. As you can tell, they aren’t aiming for a high-end machine here but rather something that is cost effective, which other companies have been doing lately as well. The option of adding a 1 TB HDD is probably for the NESICAxLive system so you can store multiple games on one board and at 1 TB it should handle plenty.
In addition to that 4Gamer.net has an upclose picture of the glasses-free PureDepth 3D display that was in the same booth as the Type X Zero. How soon they plan on releasing this technology is anyone’s guess but I imagine that it won’t be long after the Type X Zero is released. Taito hasn’t revealed any 3D games that I know of at the moment but they also aim for other developers to take advantage of their technologies so they could be setting it up for someone else to take the 3D lead. Perhaps Super Street Fighter IV Arcade (which will be at the Tokyo Game Show) would make a great candidate for that but there have been no 3D SSFIV announcements beyond the Nintendo 3DS version so far.