E3 2012: Wii U Tech Specs Revealed
Posted by Damien McFerran
1080p, NFC, powered by IBM and AMD chips
Nintendo has officially revealed the final tech specs for its Wii U console, many of which confirm what we've already heard about the system.
The Wii U will be powered by an IBM multi-core CPU and AMD Radeon HD GPU combo. Sadly, the data falls short of supplying the amount of RAM inside Nintendo's new box. If you're a fan of vital statistics, the console is 1.8 inches high, 10.5 inches deep and 6.8 inches long, with an overall weight of 3.41 pounds. The Wii U Game Pad tips the scales at 1.1 pounds.
HD output is included as expected, with 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i all being supported. Near Field Communication also makes the cut via the Wii U Game Pad.
Speaking of the Game Pad, it boasts a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which, according to Nintendo Japan, takes approximately 2 and a half hours to charge and gives around 3-5 hours of play time, depending on screen brightness. You can also go 'old school' and plug it into an AC adapter to play while it's charging.
As previously confirmed, the Wii U will feature internal flash storage of an undisclosed amount, which can be augmented by SD cards - just as was the case with the original Wii console. With both Microsoft and Sony favouring expansive hard drives for storage on their machines, this is a brave move by Nintendo. Fingers are firmly crossed that it doesn't result in more headaches for eShop developers when it comes to software size limits.
In terms of expansion, there are four USB ports on the system - two on the front and two on the rear. 'Nearly' all Wii accessories can be used on the Wii U, which is both vague and slightly ominous at the same time.
So there you have it - the Wii U has some official specs at last. It's just a shame that they're so vague; over the next few weeks we'll probably see them expanded in a little more detail as developers begin to spill the beans on the machine's power.