Wii U Technical Specs Detailed – Everything You Need To Know

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Wii U Technical Specs Detailed – Everything You Need To Know

Nintendo Wii U
Nintendo revealed the full technical specifications for the Wii U earlier today, after their Nintendo Direct conferences announcing the release date and price.

Size
Approximately 1.8 inches high, 10.6 inches deep and 6.75 inches long.

Weight
Approximately 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg)

Wii U GamePad
The Wii U GamePad controller removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. The GamePad incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen, as well as traditional button controls and two analog sticks.

Inputs include a +Control Pad, L/R sticks, L/R stick buttons, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons, ZL/ZR buttons, Power button, HOME button, -/SELECT button, +/START button, and TV CONTROL button.

The GamePad also includes motion control (powered by an accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor), a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble features, a sensor bar, an included stylus and support for Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality.

It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and weighs approximately 1.1 pounds (500 g).

Other Controllers
The Wii U console is capable of supporting two Wii U GamePad controllers, up to four Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers or Wii U Pro Controllers, and Wii accessories such as the Nunchuk, Classic Controller and Wii Balance Board.

Video Output
Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV.

RAM
The Wii U has 2GB of RAM, 1GB for gaming and 1GB for system memory.

CPU
IBM Power-based multi-core processor.

GPU
AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU.

Storage
Wii U uses an internal flash memory (8 GB with the Basic Set; 32 GB with the Deluxe Set) for data storage. It also supports SDHC memory cards and external USB storage.

Media
Wii U and Wii optical discs. Wii U optical discs have a 25 GB data capacity.

Networking
Wii U can be connected to the Internet via a wireless (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) connection. The console features four USB 2.0 connectors – two in the front and two in the rear – that support Wii LAN Adapters.

Wii Compatibility
Nearly all Wii software and accessories can be used with Wii U.

Audio Output
Uses six-channel PCM linear output via HDMI connector, or analog output via the AV Multi Out connector.

Energy Efficiency
Wii U utilizes specially designed power-saving features to lower its energy consumption.

This is a great chance to take a look at the makings of the next generation of consoles. The 2GB of RAM is way above the standard today (512MB in the 360), with a decent split between OS, on-board tech and games. The lack of specific details on the GPU and CPU worry me somewhat, though.