The Nintendo E3 conference has come to an end and a slew of details about the Wii U console and potential launch window games have been released too.
Already we know that the Wii U controller will have a rechargeable battery and have a limited battery life, but what about the console itself?
Well as we suspected from early images, the Wii U will be available in both black and white, it’s dimensions are also 1.8″ high, 10.5″ deep and 6″ long (45mm x 266mm x 152mm) making it thinner than the Wii but also deeper and longer – the measurements are made assuming the console is lying horizontal. The console will also be slightly heavier than the original Wii, weighing in at 1.5kg.
Just as expected it also runs on an IBM based multi core processor for its CPU, and it has a custom built AMD Radeon HD GPU. It’ll also contain support for a SD card but will run with internal flash storage memory like the Wii did, and it’ll run on a proprietary format disk and support most Wii games as well. Interestingly it’ll also have four USB slots on the console, and feature a built in Wireless N Wi-Fi connection.
It also looks like it’ll support connection cables from the Wii, meaning that maybe it wont ship with anything but a HDMI cable? Sound is handled either through the HDMI cable or via a stereo output, meaning that even though it’s in HD it might not feature 5.1 surround sound – which isn’t a major concern for many.
We’ve already seen what the newly named GamePad controller can do thanks to a wonderful little informative trailer at E3, and it’ll also be used for a TV remote with some TVs and can also interact with objects using its Near Field Communicator. We also know the Wii U will support Wii Remotes and Wii Remote + as well as the Wii U Pro Controller.
The EShop will also be available from day one, so unlike the Nintendo 3DS we shouldn’t have to wait for the features we’ve been promised about the console.
All in all the Wii U sounds like it’ll be a pretty interesting console, but as the Nintendo E3 Press Conference shot past many of the really promising games – not even showing Platinum Games title for the console – we’re still unsure of just what the console is capable of.