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Nintendo Wii U: Official tech specs list, hardcore gamers unimpressed still

The moment that Nintendo unveiled the Nintendo Wii U to the world, we shortly gave you some initial information on what kind of specs it will possess. Since their conference has ended, we now have much more information for you now, as Nintendo has released a full tech specs sheet for the console.

The information released poses some very interesting questions about the capabilities of the new system, as Nintendo has yet to disclose exact information regarding the processor and graphics that will be utilized.

Instead they have preferred to give intensive information on the brand new Wii U controller, most of which we already told you about in our previous article. What we didn’t know is dimensions of the actual console unit itself, and Nintendo reveals it will come in at 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long, as an accurate estimate.

One thing we didn’t mention though, is the fact that the Wii U will be backwards compatible with all existing Wii software and accessories, so that’s one less thing to worry about.

The Wii U will support full HD visuals if you didn’t already know. This means out resolutions of 1080p and 1080i, with connections including HDMI and AV Multi Out connector for audio and video. You’ll also get four USB 2.0 outputs and external memory of some sort as well, and the system will run on an IBM ‘multi-core’ processor as previously stated, but what type of processor it is hasn’t been revealed yet.

What are your thoughts on the additional tech specs of the Nintendo Wii U, have you already made up your mind whether to get one or not? Below is Nintendo’s tech specs chart, as detailed on their E3 press pack notes:

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 Remoteâ„¢ (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once. The new console supports all Wii â„¢ controllers and input devices, including the Nunchukâ„¢ controller, Classic Controllerâ„¢, Classic Controller Proâ„¢ and Wii Balance Boardâ„¢.

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.

GPU: AMD Radeonâ„¢-based High Definition GPU.

Other: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.

Do you think these specs will appeal to the hardcore gamer, or is the fact that they haven’t disclosed detailed graphics and processor information a worrying sign?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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