The Wii U spills its guts in front of a 'Iwata Asks' panel
Nintendo has released a series of photos to give everyone an idea of what the Wii U is made of. As a part of the most recent Iwata Asks panel, Nintendo engineers reviewed the console innards explaining the CPU/GPU combo, heat sink, and fan components.
There is even a comparison to the evolution from Wii to Wii U. To read through the entire panel, you can head to Nintendo’s website. Above is a gallery of the breakdown and the official specs of the Wii U are below. Now if we only knew what was going on with the Nintendo Network…?
- Internal memory: Basic – 8GB internal flash, Deluxe – 32GB internal flash.
- Wii U game discs: 25GB in size.
- Power: Bundled AC adapter – uses 75 watts of power when playing, 45 watts in power save mode.
- Dimensions: 46 mm x 172 mm x 268.5 mm in the horizontal position.
- TV Display: HDMI up to 1080p
- System memory: 1GB
- Game memory: 1GB
Man that is a really good point. Though maxing out my storage wasn't my original intention, the hard drive was a gift i got and i decided to take advantage of. But still, you cleared up several things that has never occurred to me.
Also true, however anyone who is a tech/gamer junky is already going to be spending the extra cash to upgrade their systems. You mention using a 1TB Hard-drive. Notice how the PS3 or even 360 doesn't have that as a default option? You might as well have bought a PS3 with no hard-drive and then upgrade it yourself if getting max storage was your original intention. It just isn't feasable really from a business standpoint to cater to the "Hardcore" these days because casual's out number us. Thus the cheaper price tags. As Jared said in Sidescrollers, the 8GB is for "Suckers". But at the same time, it doesn't mean you have to get the the 32GB either. As long as the Wii U supports people natively upgrading the memory themselves (whether with an external or internal) then you will actually save money buying the cheapest version and then getting your 500GB or 1TB Hard-drive to upgrade afterwards. Hell, I bought a 20GB PS3 at launch because I already knew I was going to upgrade to 1TB, no reason to buy the 120GB or 60GB versions if I'm already going to take out the default Hard-drive.
Wonder what it is then, haha
It looks like what I speculated in my comments on the last article you guys bumped to the front page(2nd page of Doctor Rover's comments) about the WiiU's specs may be fairly right. What it LOOKS like, to me, is effectively the mainboard of this system is just a big ol "all-in-one" video card(at best a Radeon 6750, or older) that had a CPU added to the GPU die. Use of the hard drive, cd drive and main system functions are handled mostly by the CPU but the gpgpu will pick the slack with certain functions, as well handling all audio encoding/decoding(so there may be no independent sound board).
Which makes sense. IF all the system is is a glorified video card, it is fairly cheap to manufacture(the Radeon 6750 costs as little as $80 at newegg, so minus markup you see just how cheap), but also easy to slap into the LCD controller. Without needing a hard drive or cd drive, the mainboard slightly shrunk and the CPU removed, could easily fit into that controller(where the WiiU would stream data from the disc/drive wirelessly). If they slap a good amount of memory on the controller, you could offload a game almost entirely to the controller to play (simpler games like the SMB games or downloaded emulated games) but I have to doubt a larger HD game like MW3 would run entirely off the controller with the Wiiu away.
Other possibility is that the controller contains just a small HD video chip that simple decodes video from the WiiU and all main processing is still done on the console, then just streamed locally. Only issue with that is latency.. I don't know how fast or slow the loop from console to controller and back would be.
LOL umm.. no. Based on the specs and details that have been given (which is still fairly vague) I would say it doesn't surpass it. As it is an interview with a dev stated the CPU for the wiiu is slightly slower than the xbox 360. It is a system that is a jump for NINTENDO at least.
Every time I see a small fan in that size I think of one thing: high-pitched noise.
True, but for a hardcore gamer like myself, if the Nintendo Network supports demos, storage may become an issue. then again, i already have a 1TB hard-drive, which i currently use for my PS3. And with the broader list of games, i mean, the Wii did have its share of strong titles, but not quite as strong as the PS3 or Xbox 360.
So uhh.. do these specs surpass current consoles like 360 and PS3?
Alright, now THIS is exciting. I am a techie; the kind who's taken apart his share of Super Nintendos and studied why they work. So, without weighing you down with too many details, in layman's terms: this is a pretty sexy machine.
It isn't blu-ray.
Well believe it or not, but for very casual audiences, those 8GB is actually more than enough. I've sold and worked with alot of Nintendo Wii's to customers that STILL have not filled up their game system's memory. And they've had it since almost launch date. And their entire library of games is like....10 Wii games. For the stereotypical Grandparents and Soccer Mom demographic, i really don't see 8GB being an issue for them.
Cool. Can't wait to try it out.
It's not Blu-Ray but the disks hold just as much data as Blu-Ray.
This reminds me of my clear, purple N64 controller where you can see all of its CPU insides.
The technophile in me is drooling at some info and pictures, the artist in me however is going "Holy crap, that's some shitty quality on those pictures"
I thought they confirmed that it wasn't going to be blu-ray? though when I think about it, I'm not sure where I got that info to begin with
i wonder why they would go for 8GB on the standard model. tech limitations perhaps? i'm not that big on tech specs so i don't know.
It is going to be using Blu-Ray so it can have up to 50GB of data on it's discs if they decide to used dual layer discs.
25gb in game disk size