E3 2012: Wii U Tech Specs Revealed?
As many of you may know by now, I, Brian P. Rubin, blogger for InsideGamingDaily, am not at E3. I’m DAMNED FAR from E3, in fact, sitting in my home office in Minneapolis. But I’ve been following all the E3 crazy as well as I can, so when I see some information online that I haven’t seen posted anywhere else, I pay attention.
Such is the case with a couple of posts on Eurogamer today. The posts purport to have some technical specifications for the Wii U, Nintendo’s new console that’s set to release during the holidays this year for a price of WHO KNOWS. So what’d they find out?
In one post, the Wii U is said to have the following video output capabilities: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. The CPU is said to be an IBM power-based multi-core processor, whilt eh GPU is an AMD Radeon-based HD GPU. We did find out at the conference today that the system can support up to two GamePad controllers (which I didn’t realize was in doubt), as well as up to four Wiimotes. The post also notes that the system can access the Internet via wireless (IEEE 802.1b/g/n), and has four USB 2.0 ports to support Wii LAN adapters.
As for the GamePads, another post says to reveal their battery life, among other details. Apparently charging the controller via AC adaptor takes about 150 minutes, or two and a half hours, and lasts between three to five hours. This is great—because constantly changing batteries (even rechargeable ones) for the Wiimotes has been a major pain in the ass. The GamePad’s screen is 6.2 inches and offers a 16:9 aspect ratio.
As to whether or not these are the definitive specs, I can’t say. I haven’t found the official information anywhere on Nintendo’s site, and I have yet to see this tech specs sheet anywhere else, much less in the hands of any of our Machinima peeps at the convention (though maybe they’re all too busy doing convention stuff to let me know).
So, the specs are all right here on Nintendo’s website. It may have been there when I first wrote this. BUT WHATEVER. I found it now. BLAM.
What do you think? Despite Nintendo’s relatively underwhelming press conference today, I’m still in the tank for the Wii U. I’m going to buy it—unless it costs more than $350.