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More Wii U Details Emerge

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More Wii U Details Emerge

Now that the dust has settled on last week’s E3 showcase, some investigation have been carried out to try and get some more information about the biggest announcement of the show – the Nintendo Wii U.

Nintendo was pretty reticent to say much about the Wii U console itself at the show, preferring to concentrate on the 6.2in touchscreen controller. One of the first questions asked of course was, what kind of processing power was insde the Wii U? Adding HD to the mix was something Nintendo really couldn’t have missed out on and to drive these new HD games it appears will be a GPU more powerful than either the PS3 or Xbox 360. Then again considering the silicon inside these consoles is five years old, that’s hardly surprising. Details on the Radeon GPU inside the Wii U are beginning to surface and it appears the it will use a chip similar R770 found in AMD's last-gen cards like the 4890. So while it’s not cutting-edge, considering it's a few generations more powerful than the chips inside the PS3 and Xbox 360, we’re pretty sure it will be able to deliver some tasty looking graphics. The custom-built core also supports Direct X 10.1 and multi-display technology for up to four standard definition streams.

Nintendo Wii U

The console was stored securely inside a glass cabinet at E3 last week and Nintendo was letting no one touch its new console. However, now Inside Games has managed to get some unfettered access to the console to get us some close-up pictures. The pictures don’t tell us too much we didn’t know already but they do give us a closer look at the rear ports – including an HDMI port – and the vents on the side. Further information can be gleaned from an interview given by Nintendo’s Global President Satoru Iwata to All Things D. Iwata spoke about how he sees the Wii U controller taking over from tablets, smartphones and laptops when it comes to casual gaming on the couch. “Our mission is to try to shorten the distance between people and gaming, and in order to do so we tried to remove any possible barriers.” He also confirmed that the controller will act as a TV remote in the future. Finally he spoke about how the Wii U will attempt to woo back the hardcore gamers they lost with the Wii as well as trying to retain the 50 percent female users they won with the previous consoles.

It is going to be a long road until the Wii U is finally released in the middle of next year and no doubt we will be getting more details as the months pass by, so for now we'll just have to dream about the possibilities.

Source: Inside Games and All Things D

lowbattery

June 15, 2011, 6:13 pm

Coming out before a new PS or Xbox should gain Nintendo a lot of sales. But as soon as the next PS or Xbox comes out, assuming they follow the usual leap in hardware, Nintendo may the popularity of the Wii U diminishing like the Wii has.

We'll see whether someone can come up with a compelling use of the new controller.

And as to how much extra controllers are going to cost...

Pbryanw

June 15, 2011, 11:19 pm

As you say, it all depends on how well the new controller works out. I'm sure that Nintendo's first-party games will make the best use of it, much like it happened on the Wii.

Also, if I recall, the original Wii came out before the Xbox 360 and PS3, and was a lot less powerful then both of them with a similarly "Gimmicky" controller. It didn't do too badly :)

ECY

June 17, 2011, 4:28 pm

Nintendo have always been using the traditional 5 year life-cycle for their home consoles. It is not that the Wii U will be earlier than next gen PS and Xbox, it is rather MS and Sony being late.

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