|5th Generation Competitors|
|Region||Release Date||Discontinued||Lifetime Sales|
|Japan||14th Sep 2001||2007||4.04M|
|North America||18th Nov 2001||2007||21.74M|
|Europe||3rd May 2002||2007||4.77M|
Obviously using the smaller discs also meant that the Gamecube had no chance of playing DVD movies – although Panasonic did release a licensed version called the Q that could. The Q was the result of a similar deal to the Sharp deal that Nintendo struck with the Famicom. Panasonic’s parent company, Matsushita, created the miniDVD drives and Panasonic were allowed to release the Q.
The graphics chip for the Gamecube was created by a startup called ArtX. ArtX was started by ex SGI employees, who had previously created the Graphics processor for the Nintendo 64. Although ArtX were purchased by ATI before it was finally delivered.
The CPU was created by IBM and based on the PowerPC technology mostly used by Apple’s PowerMac computers.
The Gamecube did not sell great compared to it’s main rivals, but it did outsell the XBox in it’s home territory of Japan. It did manage to outsell the early cancelled Dreamcast.
|Processor||IBM PowerPC Gekko @ 486MHz|
|Custom Chips||ATI Flipper @ 162MHz|
|Video||24 bit RGB 16.8M Colours|
|Audio||16 bit DSP Dolby ProLogic II|