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June 6, 2012

Following an E3 press conference that was relatively light on hardware revelations, Ninten...

Following an E3 press conference that was relatively light on hardware revelations, Nintendo has confirmed a fuller spec list for its forthcoming Wii U games console, confirming 1080p output and multi-core processor

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Following an E3 press conference that was relatively light on hardware revelations, Nintendo has confirmed a fuller spec list for its forthcoming Wii U games console, confirming 1080p output and multi-core processor.

Alas, though being touted as a completed specs list in some quarters, ambiguity remains, with the specifics of both the CPU and GPU still wanting. Still, here's the specs run-down as it stands at the moment:

  • Dimensions: 1.8 in. high x 10.5 in. deep x 6.8 in. long (4.57 x 26.67 x 17.27 cm)
  • Weight: 3.41 pounds (1.5 kg)
  • CPU: IBM Power-based multi-core processor
  • GPU: AMD Radeon-based HD GPU
  • Storage: Internal flash drive, SD cards and external USB storage devices are supported
  • Media: Optical discs (both Wii and Wii U format)
  • Connectivity: EEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, four USB 2.0 ports supporting Wii LAN adaptors
  • Video output resolution: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p or 480i
  • Video output connectivity: HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV
Following an E3 press conference that was relatively light on hardware revelations, Ninten...

It's reported that nearly all Wii games and peripherals will be compatible with Wii U.

Earlier this week Nintendo revealed the Wii U Pro controller, a controller extremely reminiscent of the XBox 360's, suggesting that Nintendo is taking dedicated and hardcore gamers rather more seriously this time around.

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4 Comments

This could be the first of the true next-gen systems, or it could be marginally more powerful than an XBox 360.

If it launches at the price point for the Wii, probably the latter.

No mention of Blu-Ray compatibility?

Jon A.
6th June, 2012 @ 03:40 pm PDT

How is this a spec list?

CPU: IBM Powered?

Sounds more like a suppliers list.

Yudi Sahputra
6th June, 2012 @ 08:55 pm PDT

So it has a box that sits next to your tv too? I'm so confused by this thing. I only JUST got my PS3, mostly for gran turismo and fighting games. I hope the other consoles aren't going to respond to this too quickly (red rings of death, or whatever shape or color they pick next and a PS4 with nothing to play on it).

johnweythek
8th June, 2012 @ 07:58 am PDT

While the new Wii U games look very nice, it seems like they are essentially playing into the computer interface. How (other than requiring the use of a tablet) does Nintendo plan to stand out in a field they are already years behind on?

Make no mistake, it would take Sony about 10 minutes to write the software "update" that would make the Vita work as a tablet with the PS3. Nintendo has, for years, had a software advantage, but they slowly lost ground with the Wii. Now Steam has better software than any "platform", and consuls have less new technology every time a new one comes out.

Charles Bosse
8th June, 2012 @ 10:52 am PDT
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