Wii U Specs Update [December 3, 2011]
An undisclosed Japanese developer apparently leaked the following information on the Wii U Specs:
- CPU: An IBM 3-GHz 45-nanometer, PowerPC [Power7 variant]
- MEMORY: 768 megabytes of embedded DRAM [Not likely due to space and costs involved]
- GPU: 40-nanometer GPU from ATI
Set to make its debut sometime in 2012, Nintendo revealed during the June 2011 E3 press conference its newest addition to the family. The Wii U console, controller is a combination unit with a large (6.2”) touchscreen.
The controller’s touchscreen has rumble and axis sensors standard on most touchscreens, however the 1080p high definition screen takes graphics and gameplay out of the kids room and into the living room. One of the greatest assets of this new device, it is backward compatible with all other Wii controllers and games. Unlike many “new generation” devices, you will not need to go out and re-purchase all of your old favorites to play them on your new console.
Nintendo used wordplay for the new name. Wii U simply means Wii (we) can all play as a family or in group formats and yet can be played in “unique” (hence U) ways, thanks to the Wii U Specs. For the hardcore gamer, you can play in the living room while the kids are watching television or even late at night in bed while your spouse is sleeping next to you. No more arguments about who is using the television!
Wii U Specifications Details
- The size is approximately 1.8” tall, 6.8” wide and 10.5” wide
- It has 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i resolution
- There is an IBM powered multi-core microprocessor
- 4 USB 2.0 slots
- The internal flash memory is expandable via DS card slot or USB drive
- Has Video over HDMI, Component, composite or S-Video
- Supports ALL Wii controllers and input devices and
- Is 100% backward compatible will all Wii games
The budding artist will have a blast using the stylist to hone his craft on the touchscreen. Unlike the joystick, the stylus allows detailed shading and depth while creating your own characters or any other graphic you choose to draw. The 1080p resolution for graphics will bring gaming to the big screen in ways that standard or prior generations of Wii controllers simply were incapable of, but now possible thanks to the Wii U Specs.
The inclusion of accelerometers and gyros allow you to use the controller as an aiming device and it detect its orientation. Another new feature that will enhance your gaming experience, you can handle your inventory or sports games on the controller so that you leave space on the main screen for full screen graphics.
The New Controller
The new Wii U controller includes some of the same features as all Wii controllers such as traditional button controls and two analog circle pads while incorporating the 6.2”, 16:9 touchscreen. It also has:
- Rechargeable batteries with AC/DC plug in
- Power and Home buttons
- +Control Pad
- ZL/ZR buttons
- L/R buttons
- A/B/X/Y buttons
- Stereo speakers
- Sensor Strip
- Built in accelerometer and gyroscope
- Rumble feature
The video and audio outputs us an AV multi out connector and 6 channel PCM linear output that are all HDMI, component, S-Video and composite cable compatible. The self- loading media bay will play 12 cm Wii optical discs and 12cm proprietary HD optical discs.
Preliminary Details about the Console Are Slowly Emerging
While much has been learned about the new Wii U controller, information regarding the specs of the new Wii U Specs gaming console has been kept under wraps for the most part. Some of the details that are slowly emerging let us know that the Wii U will be facilitated by a custom Radeon HD graphics processor with embedded DRAM. The new console will also feature 802.11 n Wi-Fi but nearly every other detail is still being tightly held until the 2012 release.
While the older Nintendo systems are confined to being played on a home television the new system can be used without a television at all. Previously every player had the same viewpoint even in a multi-player environment; however the new console strips away these boundaries allowing a totally new gaming environment. In individual play mode, the new console/ controller can display information directly on its screen that is not seen on the television. The gamer can also change the viewpoint and information seen by changing the orientation of the gyroscope. In multi-player mode the gamer holding the console has a greater competitive edge because he can see things that are not shown on the television screen.
Globally there are more than 86 million Wii console users. Nintendo is hoping that the next generation console will expand that number even further. There are already developers around the world working on new games.
Video Chatting, Video Sharing and Web Browsing!
Let’s say you are watching a video that you really want to share with other people, you no longer have to have anyone looking over your shoulder at the little screen. You can easily share the video with everyone in the room on the television screen. You can also use video chatting and web-browsing either on the 6.2” touchscreen or transfer them to the big screen in the living room. Can you imagine a video chat with a long distance family member on your home 60” tv screen? Talk about making someone feel like they are right there! WOW.
Nintendo believes the Wii U console/controller will fundamentally change how the television, Internet and gaming console interact together, redefining the structure of home entertainment systems. Kids and adults alike will have hours of interactive play time with all of their old favorites because of the backward compatibility to all other Wii games, remotes and components. While new and considerably bloodier games will be available for the mature gamer on many titles including Ninja Gaiden, Ghost Recon and Aliens: Colonial Marines. Especially because of the intensely vivid graphics of these games, you will want to make sure the kids (or squeamish adults) are already asleep or not in viewing range while playing these games
Wii U Console Hands-On Preview
Now that you know how powerful the next nintendo console will be, what do you think the final wii u price will be?