The hardware specs for the Wii U have been leaked online, confirming the upcoming console's storage, processor and connectivity. The most notable detail of the lot is that the console will only have 8GB of internal memory.
Gaming website VGleaks claims to have been given the nod on the Wii U's specs by an "anonymous source". The specs are available to developers through the Nintendo dev site, suggesting the un-named leaker is someone working on a game for the upcoming console.
According to the leak, Wii U will use a three-core Espresso CPU, backed-up by an AMD Radeon-based GPU that's DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.3 compliant. Core RAM is a little low, however, at 1GB. Internal storage is fairly low too. Rather than opting for a hard drive, the Wii U has 8GB of flash memory - not a great deal of space, but it's more shock-proof than a traditional hard drive. The console will also feature an SD card slot, and will be able to use external hard drives through its four USB 2.0 ports.
Wireless connectivity is similarly basic, with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, but no mention of Bluetooth. This will be the first Nintendo console to output video at Full HD, and the Wii U features a standard HDMI port, as well as lower-quality outputs for those who haven't gotten on the HD bandwagon yet. Is there anyone still out there with a CRT TV? Drop us a line if you're among the un-converted.
Nintendo is reportedly going to official spill the remaining beans on the Wii U tomorrow, including its release date. The console is reportedly set for a release before the end of the year, to capitalise on the all-important Christmas present dollar. However, will the Wii U be able to muster the same stock-sapping frenzy that accompanied the original Wii's launch back in 2006? Nintendo's recent form suggests it may not.
Nintendo's stock price is currently very low compared to its level a year ago. It's now stuck around the $13-14 mark, where back in 2010 it broke through the $40-a-share barrier, thanks to declining sales of the Wii console, and low-ball predictions for the Wii U's potential. Are the glory days of Ninty over?
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