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Nintendo reveals Wii U specs

Nintendo reveals Wii U specs

Nintendo has revealed some of the specs for the Wii U console, which was unveiled at E3 2011.

Nintendo has revealed the official specs list for its recently unveiled Wii U console, the successor to the Wii, at its E3 2011 press conference.

The specs dispel some of the confusion surrounding the console, such as how multiplayer games will work with such an expensive controller unit. Basically, other players on the Wii U can use existing Wii Remotes, with or without the Wii Remote Plus add-on. Only one screened controller unit can be used on the Wii U at once.

Other controllers, such as the Wii Balance Board and Classic Controllers are also compatible with the Wii U.

However, the specs list doesn't reveal much about the hardware within the Wii U console, such as the specifics of the graphics chip or the type of IBM processor that Nintendo is using.

Nintendo has confirmed that the touchscreen on the Wii U controller is not multi-touch, however.

Check out the specs list below, then let us know your thoughts in the forums. You can also check out other news from the E3 show in our E3 2011 News hub.

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...The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It [also] 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.

You can check out other news from the show via our E3 2011 News hub.

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warejon9 8th June 2011, 10:05 Quote
Didn't someone post that it was running off a Ati HD 2xxx chip (or something similar)
coolius 8th June 2011, 10:12 Quote
What about the controller screen resolution?
Mentai 8th June 2011, 10:13 Quote
I wonder if they've even finalised the spec yet. Anyway, good to see external HDD being allowed. That makes it a lot cheaper to 1) Buy the console and 2) Not have to pay for overpriced proprietary crap e.g. 360 hdd's.
TheStockBroker 8th June 2011, 10:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by warejon9
Didn't someone post that it was running off a Ati HD 2xxx chip (or something similar)
The original, perhaps.

Surely this must have something a little beefier - outputting to 1920 * 1080 at a 24fps minimum?

Good choice on the CPU/GPU combo methinks, in my mind at least - the similarity of hardware compared to the 360 ought to mean titles will be readily available - even if they don't take full advantage of the Wii peripherals.

I'm curious about the drive media. - anyone have any further information?

TSB
mi1ez 8th June 2011, 10:15 Quote
DVD/Bluray compatible?
adam_bagpuss 8th June 2011, 10:22 Quote
doesnt look like it
cjoyce1980 8th June 2011, 10:25 Quote
me thinks the hardware hasn't been actual laid down yet....

would like to see details of the CPU & GPU
Unknownsock 8th June 2011, 10:26 Quote
Thought the rumour was its a rv700 chip sitting around the same speed as a 4870?
leveller 8th June 2011, 10:32 Quote
The only important piece of detail is CPU and GFX ... and they haven't revealed it yet, bah!
Jamie 8th June 2011, 10:43 Quote
Nintendo: I don't have thumbs long enough to reach into the middle of a 6.2-inch touch screen. Are you expecting me to hold that huge controller in one hand while I tap on the screen with the other?
DbD 8th June 2011, 10:46 Quote
The fact that it's hand held suggests it runs of battery which means very low power usage. Particularly if you want to use it for a while it'll have to be very light (meaning no heavy battery in there) and not get too hot to hold (meaning even 5W is too much). IBM cpu + 4870 ATI graphics sounds highly unlikely to me. We are talking nvidia tegra 3 or equivelent cpu + graphics.

Still don't quite get how it's meant to be used - do you use it alone and sometimes plug into tv for playing same game on big screen - in which case surely having cables snaking out of it going to your tv/hifi is going to be irritating.

Are you meant to game with mulitiple consoles (one per player) or multiple controllers (like the Wii).
What about 4 player Wii style gaming - does that require you use it like a Wii, in which case what's the point of having a console that's got a built in tv/controller?
Fod 8th June 2011, 10:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by DbD
The fact that it's hand held suggests it runs of battery which means very low power usage. Particularly if you want to use it for a while it'll have to be very light (meaning no heavy battery in there) and not get too hot to hold (meaning even 5W is too much). IBM cpu + 4870 ATI graphics sounds highly unlikely to me. We are talking nvidia tegra 3 or equivelent cpu + graphics.

How many times!? The controller doesn't do any processing - the Wii base unit does, and pushes the video to the controller.
Spuzzell 8th June 2011, 10:51 Quote
@DbD

THE CONTROLLER IS NOT THE F**KING CONSOLE ITS THE CONTROLLER.

Ahem. The console sits under the TV as usual.
Stotherd-001 8th June 2011, 10:59 Quote
This is the contoller. Not the core device. Nintendo weren't clear about that, but there is a new wii sized console, accompanied by this. The Wii U streams video to the controller.I think someone said over wifi.

Apparently its light enough to hold in one hand, and its only that size to accomadate the screen.
Hustler 8th June 2011, 11:16 Quote
Sorry but that is the most useless Spec list you could release....tells you absolutley nothing about its capabilities.

Oh how very typically Nintendo....
eddieuk1983 8th June 2011, 11:22 Quote
The latest rumour about the CPU is that it is based on IBM's Power7 architecture.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=432965
mucgoo 8th June 2011, 11:27 Quote
Just did a quick test with a book about 8" size which the entire controller block appears to be. My thumbs can just meet in the middle and I've got largish hands. Explain how this works in relation to Nintendos target market of children?
Fod 8th June 2011, 11:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by mucgoo
Explain how this works in relation to Nintendos target market of children?

Nintendo's target is everybody... they were kinda clear on that.

besides, I think it's mostly going to be using your hands to control the buttons, and you let go of one side to operate the screen if using any touch UI (like the DS - you don't really use the touchscreen and buttons simultaneously, aside from the occasional soft button right on the edges of the screen). The hands-on writeups I've read state it's very light - much lighter than an ipad 2, so I hope this will feel natural.
tonyd223 8th June 2011, 11:33 Quote
have a look at the engadget video of the console / controller being used with a TV. Nintendo made money of motion control - everyone else copied it, so they're trying something "new" again. At least they're trying to innovate - I can't seem to tell Playstation from XBox at the moment.

This market is about the interface / user experience isn't it? The games follow on after that...
Psy-UK 8th June 2011, 11:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Unknownsock
Thought the rumour was its a rv700 chip sitting around the same speed as a 4870?

Hope not. Else my computer really is showing it's age! :((
hirezo 8th June 2011, 12:42 Quote
dont mean to be rude to the people that worked on this because they obviously just follow orders from the higher ups...

but this is controller is CRAP!
DrTiCool 8th June 2011, 13:01 Quote
this and Linux support would be great HTPC
Guinevere 8th June 2011, 13:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by hirezo
but this is controller is CRAP!

As is your use of the word "is".

But I digress. It's a new type of controller or don't you get it? Have a look at the hide and seek game demo'd on the nintendo site. One person "hiding" using the screen on the u controller. Another four using wii controllers / quad-split screen to chase them down.

That's not something that's been done before on a single console. Give them some credit for that.
fingerbob69 8th June 2011, 13:06 Quote
It is an AMD gpu.

Rumour has it AMD will be in the next gen Xbox and Sony.
Guinevere 8th June 2011, 13:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mucgoo
Just did a quick test with a book about 8" size which the entire controller block appears to be. My thumbs can just meet in the middle and I've got largish hands. Explain how this works in relation to Nintendos target market of children?

Have you seen the videos? A lot of the games they are pushing on U are mainstream FPSs.

It's a controller that's got the motion control from the wii, the buttons and analog sticks from xbox/ps3, the touch screen from a tablet and the stylus input from the DS. Nobody's saying you're supposed to use them all simultaneously.
Cei 8th June 2011, 13:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere

Have you seen the videos? A lot of the games they are pushing on U are mainstream FPSs.

The videos that Nintendo have admitted are from PS3/360s?Ooops.
coolius 8th June 2011, 14:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere

Have you seen the videos? A lot of the games they are pushing on U are mainstream FPSs.

The videos that Nintendo have admitted are from PS3/360s?Ooops.

Depends what videos you are talking about. If you mean the gameplay footage of the upcoming games then yes those were made with PS3/Xbox 360; but if you mean the tech demo gameplay videos then those were done with the Wii U.
Haphestus 8th June 2011, 14:39 Quote
**** specs, but will sell millions.

I never got Nintendo anyway but someone obviously does. -.-
Mighty Yoshimi 8th June 2011, 14:44 Quote
No thanks! That's a massive controller. Seems their shares have taken a beating. Investors aren't happy!
paisa666 8th June 2011, 14:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by DbD
The fact that it's hand held suggests it runs of battery which means very low power usage. Particularly if you want to use it for a while it'll have to be very light (meaning no heavy battery in there) and not get too hot to hold (meaning even 5W is too much). IBM cpu + 4870 ATI graphics sounds highly unlikely to me. We are talking nvidia tegra 3 or equivelent cpu + graphics.

Still don't quite get how it's meant to be used - do you use it alone and sometimes plug into tv for playing same game on big screen - in which case surely having cables snaking out of it going to your tv/hifi is going to be irritating.

Are you meant to game with mulitiple consoles (one per player) or multiple controllers (like the Wii).
What about 4 player Wii style gaming - does that require you use it like a Wii, in which case what's the point of having a console that's got a built in tv/controller?

hehehe mate you got it totally and hilariously wrong :)

the litle "handheld" you see there its the controller, not the console, you are supose to see complement info on the controller screen to interact with the game being played on your tv :)

for example thinking fast here, the cockpit info of the aircraft in air battle sim or something, or just having your items there for a rpg :)
Blademrk 8th June 2011, 15:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
DVD/Bluray compatible?
Propriety disc (just like the Wii), will not play DVD or BR (just like the Wii) as they feel the license fees would push the cost up higher. On another note, I don't think it's GC compatable either (which is a shame, I still play GC games using the Wavebird controllers).
Toploaded 8th June 2011, 15:38 Quote
Wait, you can only use one touch controller with the console at any one time? Well, that's kinda lame in regards to it's multiplayer potential, I was imagining a situation where two people could play Mario kart with their own screen each.
Cei 8th June 2011, 15:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by coolius
Depends what videos you are talking about. If you mean the gameplay footage of the upcoming games then yes those were made with PS3/Xbox 360; but if you mean the tech demo gameplay videos then those were done with the Wii U.

Yes, the rather uninspiring tech demo was on the WiiU. But viewers are surely more interested in game footage...which was off the PS3/360 instead. Without anything saying that it was, so people would assume it's off the WiiU.
Scarlet0pimp 8th June 2011, 16:09 Quote
I saw a photo of a document with the tech specs.

Quad core IBM power PC at 3.5 GHZ on a 32nm process

GPU was ati rv770 if I remember correctly which is 4850

So not to bad should be much better than xbox/ps3 , then it should after 5 years.

Cant remember where I saw that leaked picture though.
Narishma 8th June 2011, 16:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Scarlet0pimp
I saw a photo of a document with the tech specs.

Quad core IBM power PC at 3.5 GHZ on a 32nm process

GPU was ati rv770 if I remember correctly which is 4850

So not to bad should be much better than xbox/ps3 , then it should after 5 years.

Cant remember where I saw that leaked picture though.

That "document" is fake. It contradicts itself in many places. Nobody really knows anything about it. Everything you've heard are unsubstantiated rumours or fanboy fantasies. And don't expect Nintendo to confirm anything, they haven't revealed the specs of their consoles since the Gamecube days. Everything we know about them was leaked by 3rd party developers or by hackers.
Sloth 8th June 2011, 17:31 Quote
Doesn't support Gamecube controllers? Final nail in the coffin.

I own a Wii and only have the one Wiimote because it was included and is required to launch games. Buying a Wii U and wanting to play with friends would require buying at least two more controllers, a total of four more if I wanted all classic controllers (which still aren't as good as Gamecube controllers).
.//TuNdRa 8th June 2011, 18:46 Quote
My concern is that controller has Motion ability, like a Wii-mote.

Anyone else consider that a REALLY REALLY bad idea? The Wiimote was bad enough, at least it would Bouce off some things! That's going to be a several pound projectile of DEATH! Caving in televisions, skulls and small animals alike!
OCJunkie 8th June 2011, 18:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Haphestus
**** specs, but will sell millions.

I never got Nintendo anyway but someone obviously does. -.-

My thoughts exactly. Nintendo has fallen so far behind XBox and PS3 in graphics and quality in exchange for their gimmicky motion crap, which now both Sony and M$ also have so there goes the advantage...
thehippoz 8th June 2011, 18:58 Quote
they should put some fir around the controller
impar 8th June 2011, 19:17 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Hands-on with the Wii U: it's here, and it's amazing
...
That's all well and good, but the new experiences are what will make you get out the wallet.

Nintendo came in and delivered a tight hour of content, and once again set the world of gaming on its ear. The ability to play any of these games on the controller while your wife watches television will be amazing, and playing with multiple new controllers also offers a ton of possibilities. By mixing in backwards compabtility with all Wii games and accessories, Nintendo has upped the value in another way.

We're calling Nintendo the "winner" of the big E3 press conferences. Everything else was interesting, but Nintendo has truly offered something new... once again.
Eiffie 8th June 2011, 19:44 Quote
I do hope there are some gamecube controller slots so I can play the new smash bros with a regular controller and not this huge slab of plastic. I don't care if it can't run older gamecube games, I have a Wii for that but not having the option to use a regular controller might be a game/breaker for me.
LaM3a 9th June 2011, 00:10 Quote
"Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included"
It's time to switch to USB 3.0 now, stop using the 2.0 :-(
Aracos 9th June 2011, 04:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by LaM3a
"Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included"
It's time to switch to USB 3.0 now, stop using the 2.0 :-(

Not for a while yet it isn't, we still need devices that will consistantly better USB2 spec and be affordable, which are only external HDD's really but then again you get charged a price premium for USB3.
flipman 9th June 2011, 15:51 Quote
Its looks nice whish they can give all specs but these are already enough for now and i cant wait for this to come out i would like to start playing on it :)
Kaihekoa 9th June 2011, 16:32 Quote
If you're playing on a TV screen, why do you need a touchscreen LCD on the controller? It seems like a pretty stupid idea because it makes the controller very expensive when you could just use standard buttons/pads. I just don't picture the Nintendo's family and child audience buying four expensive controllers that will probably equal the cost of the system itself. whilst in the middle of an economic recession.
hirezo 9th June 2011, 18:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
Quote:
Originally Posted by hirezo
but this is controller is CRAP!

As is your use of the word "is".

But I digress. It's a new type of controller or don't you get it? Have a look at the hide and seek game demo'd on the nintendo site. One person "hiding" using the screen on the u controller. Another four using wii controllers / quad-split screen to chase them down.

That's not something that's been done before on a single console. Give them some credit for that.

i admit it hasnt been dont before, but i just dont think it will catch on with the older market, i dont buy ninty stuff any more because they just seem to take the easy way these days and target the kids. theres nothing wrong with being innovative and drawing in a new crowd but they forget where they've come from and what made them who they are today.

i owned an n64 and a gamecube because they were great consoles. they didnt do anything new or unusual, they just played the good games that were programmed for them. they went off track when they made the wii. the wii and kinect are great inventions, but i would never pay for one. thats just my opinion anyhow.
Blademrk 10th June 2011, 13:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kaihekoa
If you're playing on a TV screen, why do you need a touchscreen LCD on the controller?

Because you don't need to have a touch screen TV? :D
Have you not used a DS, a number of games use the touch screen to great effect, and I think combining that with a HD TV is a very smart move.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kaihekoa
It seems like a pretty stupid idea because it makes the controller very expensive when you could just use standard buttons/pads.

I just don't picture the Nintendo's family and child audience buying four expensive controllers that will probably equal the cost of the system itself. whilst in the middle of an economic recession.

Doesn't matter as you can only use 1 of these controllers with the Wii U anyway, other players will use Wii-motes/nunchucks.
chrismarkham1982 10th June 2011, 13:25 Quote
if i wanted to game while the missus watches tv ill just turn the monitor around to face the sofa....takes me 5 seconds job done,my xbox is also positioned so that it takes me just another 5 seconds to change from the hdmi connected to the tv to the hd vga connected to my monitor.
I can see the concept and can also see why certain people would buy it but my problem still lies with the controller i mean, how much would it cost to replace that should it break? also will we see better titles this time rather than the dross that came out on the wii?
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