What’s Inside The Wii U? Let’s Get Technical

What’s Inside The Wii U? Let’s Get Technical

We know what we’re getting here in Australia on November 30 and how much it will cost us, but what’s on the inside? Here are the technical details on Nintendo’s most powerful game console yet.

Wii U Official Tech Specs

  • Launches: November 18
  • RRP in Australia: $349.95 for Basic Set / $429.95 for Deluxe Set
  • Size: Approximately 1.8 inches high, 10.6 inches deep and 6.75 inches long.
  • Weight: Approximately 1.6 kg
  • CPU: IBM Power-based multi-core processor
  • GPU: AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU
  • Storage: Wii U uses an internal flash memory (8GB with the Basic Set; 32GB 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 25GB 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 Adaptors.
  • Audio Output: Uses six-channel PCM linear output via HDMI connector, or analogue output via the AV Multi Out connector.
  • 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.
  • Energy Efficiency: Wii U utilises specially designed power-saving features to lower its energy consumption.
  • Wii Compatibility: Nearly all Wii software and accessories can be used with Wii U.
  • Wii U GamePad: 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.

    It also offers a new way for viewers to engage with their favourite entertainment. The GamePad incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen, as well as traditional button controls and two analogue 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 500g.

  • 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.


    • I know right! With the ability to store stuff on SD cards!

      If you’re referring to limited storage, it also supports external USB drives. If you’re referring to piracy, I don’t think that alone was the problem. Or is there some other catastrophe you’re alluding to?

      • I think he is referring to how easy it was to hack thanks to the SDHC slot, but he doesn’t realise that the original PS3 had one and never got hacked with it.

        • No he’s referring to how we couldn’t play anything from the cards, meaning much swapping back and forth onto the console to be able to play it.

          What’s more, let’s be clear, this is the most powerful console yet, not just “Nintendo’s”.

  • Those specs are stupid. They go a little like this:

    CPU: Yes, it has a CPU.
    GPU: Yes, it has a Radeon GPU.
    Storage: It has a little bit of storage.
    Networking: Yes, it can connect to the internet.
    Audio Output: Yes, it makes sounds.
    Video Output: Yes, it can plug into your TV.
    Energy Efficiency: Has a stand by mode.

    Give us some real specs!

    • But on a side note. . .
      Radeon cards may be the underdog in the PC world, but AMD will be powering the WiiU, Next Box and 4Play.
      In terms of shipping numbers and market penetration they will crap all over Nvidia.

      • Don’t forget about NVidia Tegra which powers quite a lot of phones and tablets.

        But yeah, would be good to know how powerful the CPU and GPU in this are.

        • Nintendo rarely releases these specific details, which isn’t a huge loss, because the specifications are a bit hard to extrapolate into real world performance.

          CPU and GPU performance hasn’t been about clock speeds or cores for a long time now, the far more important factors are hardware and software integration, which are proprietary and valuable IP. The game consoles are also far removed from their PC hardware cousins as well, often misleading some to the power of a system.

          If you want good graphical and physics performance, then you need more than anything a fantastic dev kit, and very clever and motivated developers. With those, amazing things can be squeezed out of hardware you wouldn’t think was capable of it.

          • Indeed.. if you compare PS3 and XBox360 hardware specs, the PS3 seems like it would be the winner.. but in many cases the XBox comes out on top for gameplay and fidelity..

    • I don’t care about anything on this list aside from CPU and GPU and they don’t even mention what it is. That’s completely stupid.

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