Wii U specs as provided by Nintendo

#1 Posted by goodwood (600 posts) -

During tonight's live stream someone stated that Nintendo had released the specs themselves of the new console. At the time I had not seen any articles yet saying this so I checked out Nintendo's site to see if it had posted specs. Under the Wii U these are the specs that I have found on their site. 

  • Launches:
  • 2012
  • Size:
  • Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.
  • New Controller:
  • The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.
  • Other Controls:
  • Up to four Wii Remote™ (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once. The new console supports all Wii™ controllers and input devices, including the Nunchuk™ controller, Classic Controller™, Classic Controller Pro™ and Wii Balance Board™.
  • Media:
  • A single self-loading media bay will play 12-centimeter proprietary high-density optical discs for the new console, as well as 12-centimeter Wii optical discs.
  • Video Output:
  • Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, component, S-video and composite.
  • Audio Output:
  • Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.
  • Storage:
  • The console will have internal flash memory, as well as the option to expand its memory using either an SD memory card or an external USB hard disk drive.
  • CPU:
  • IBM Power®-based multi-core microprocessor.
  • Other:
  • Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.
  • From this I have taken away that it says proprietary high-density disc and not blu-ray or DVD, and support for external USB HDDs. As Ryan has stated many times on the E3 live streams, it seems like the Wii U console is not finalized at all and that seems why they are no definitive hardware specs. Why do you guys think? 



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