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Thursday, 09 June 2011 09:02

Wii U hardware not a surprise

Written by David Stellmack
Wii_U

We already knew what was in it
So, now we know the name of the new Nintendo offering, which will be called Wii U (as you know by now). Much of the specifics of the hardware we have already been telling you about, so it was really no surprise. We can fill in some blanks now that we didn’t have previously.

As we already knew, the Wii U will be a disc-based system using a proprietary disc format that will hold about 25GB per single sided disc. It is unknown if the drive has the ability to support a dual layer format, but we suspect that this is the case. The drive will also support Wii and GameCube discs in both disc sizes. While a number of rumors suggest that the disc format for the Wii U is based on the Blu-ray format, we suspect that the Wii U will offer DVD video playback; but we are unsure about full Blu-ray video playback support, although the hardware is more than capable of it. We doubt Nintendo will offer Blu-ray video playback support.

The Wii U will have 8GB of onboard internal flash storage. Owners will have the ability to expand their storage by using USB flash memory sticks or a USB external hard drive by plugging them into one of four provided USB ports. The Wii U will not have an internal hard drive and all storage expansion will be via USB.

The Wii U as suspected will be an HD capable console offering resolutions from 480i to 1080p. It is powered by an AMD/ATI R700 series GPU at 32nm with 1GB of video memory that has been customized for Nintendo’s use in the Wii U. We estimate that the GPU will be clocked between 750 MHz to 825MHz. As for the CPU, the Wii U will be using a 32nm quad-core IBM Power CPU.

We are hearing that the controller will not be sold separately and there will only be one Wii U controller per console. For two-player games we expect that Nintendo will offer another controller that will be sold separately that will offer the same button configuration support as that offered in the Wii U controller.

The biggest mystery, of course, is the price. Nintendo has not said a lot about the price yet, because likely they don’t really know what the Wii U is going to cost to manufacture. What they have said is that it is going to cost more than the Wii, which from where we sit is a no-brainer. Analysts we talked with suggest the cost could be as much as $399 to $450 per console. With that kind of pricing the Wii U is targeted at a totally different audience this time around; and with the announced third-party software support it could be a serious contender, even though from a technical perspective it does not offer much more in the way of power than the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.



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+30 #1 Cartman 2011-06-09 10:45
It is powered by an AMD/ATI R700 series GPU at 32nm with 1GB of video memory

Thats not GPU info how many shaders does it have is it 64-bit memory controller or 128 or 256 texture units rops ...
 
 
+7 #2 dan 2011-06-09 12:36
Sources?? Missing as usual.
 
 
+33 #3 Boomstick777 2011-06-09 13:29
"even though from a technical perspective it does not offer much more in the way of power than the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3."

Um hmm, apart from a GPU thats roughly 4 generations ahead, 4 times the available system memory compared to the PS3 and twice what the Xbox 360 has, and a completly new controller design, touchsreen, and true 1080P Nintendo 1st party games, and 1080P 3rd party games, aswell as support for Wii software/games/controls ..

Its a huge step up from a technical perspective :facepalm:
 
 
+18 #4 Bors Mistral 2011-06-09 13:50
A 32nm R700 based card that's not "much more from a technical perspective" than what's in the PS3 and the 360?..

Who want's to bet how much of the rest of the article is accurate?
 
 
+8 #5 Warrior24_7 2011-06-09 14:03
"We already knew what was in it" but then say "we suspect" and "unsure if" ect. The bottom line here is what comes out of it is more important than whats in it!!
 
 
+5 #6 loadwick 2011-06-09 14:57
lol, nice summery Broomstick777!

I am suprised that the GPUs are not 28nm given space, cooling and price are such important factors for consoles and we are talking 2012 release date.

You would even say it makes sense to plan the release date around when the tech is ready, rather than choose a release date and see what tech you can put in.
 
 
+3 #7 bardenck 2011-06-09 16:40
Nintendo has not said a lot about the price yet, because likely they don’t really know what the Wii U is going to cost to manufacture



was the one in the pictures made of cardboard??!!
 
 
0 #8 sirroman 2011-06-09 16:45
Quoting loadwick:
I am suprised that the GPUs are not 28nm given space, cooling and price are such important factors for consoles and we are talking 2012 release date.

Not only because the 28nm isn't tested, but because it wasn't even available when Nintendo and AMD was making the HW. It takes years to do a chip design, even when it's a redesign.

Quoting loadwick:
You would even say it makes sense to plan the release date around when the tech is ready, rather than choose a release date and see what tech you can put in.

It doesn't work like that, you pin-point a time-frame and realistically define what is achievable by then, what will be available and what can or can't be made. If you do more, Kudos! But you can't hurt the entire project.
 
 
+4 #9 TechHog 2011-06-09 19:32
*clicks on article*

Okay, you got your hit.

*leaves*
 
 
+5 #10 BillyGatesJobs 2011-06-10 03:05
I cannot believe you write for a hardware website!!!
After writing about the hardware specs(Most of it is from fake spec releases), also your colleague article http://www.fudzilla.com/graphics/item/23000-new-nintendo-wii-u-has-amd-radeon

then saying it "even though from a technical perspective it does not offer much more in the way of power than the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3"
like WOW!!!
its like saying a pentium 4 ht 3 Ghz is about the same level of power as the core i7 2600k 3.4 Ghz

heres some real articles you should read
http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2011/6/7/nintendo-launches-new-console-can-wii-u-repeat-the-wii-surprise.aspx

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Wii-U-IBM-Power-Radeon-SOI-Project-Cafe,news-11446.html
 

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