Saturday, 30 March 2013

Wii U Review Part 1 - Specs and Savings

Technical Specification- Wikipedia
Main article: Espresso (microprocessor)

CPU: IBM PowerPC 750-based tri-core processor "Espresso" reportedly clocked at 1.24 GHz.

GPU: AMD Radeon High Definition processor codenamed "Latte" with an eDRAM cache built onto the die reportedly clocked at 550 MHz.

The Wii U CPU is designed by IBM. It is described by IBM as an "all-new, Power-based microprocessor", the processor is a multi-core design manufactured at 45 nm with an eDRAM cache. Neither Nintendo nor IBM has revealed detailed specifications, such as the number of cores, clock rate, or cache sizes. References have been made to the chip containing "a lot" of eDRAM and "the same processor technology found in Watson". The Wii U CPU is produced by IBM at their 300 mm semiconductor manufacturing facility in East Fishkill, New York. Both the CPU and the GPU are on one MCM.
2 GB total, consisting of four 512 MB (4 Gb) DDR3-1600 DRAM chips at 12.8 GB/s total bandwidth, with 
1 GB reserved for the operating system and unavailable to games.

8 GB (Basic) or 32 GB (Deluxe (NA)/Premium (EU)) Internal flash memory, expandable via SD memory cards up to 32 GB (Wii Mode only) and USB hard disk drives up to 2 TB (Wii U Mode only)

Slot-loading optical disc drive compatible with 12 cm "proprietary high-density optical discs" (25 GB per 
layer) and 12 cm Wii optical discs

Ports and peripheral capabilities

SD memory card slot (supports SDHC cards)

USB 2.0 ports (two at front of console, two at rear)

Sensor Bar power port

"AV Multi Out" port

HDMI 1.4 out port

Internet Browser

Main article: Internet Browser (Wii U)

Browser Engine: NetFront Browser NX v2.1

User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Nintendo WiiU) AppleWebKit/534.52 (KHTML, like Gecko) NX/{Version No} 

NintendoBrowser/{Version No}.US

Supported Protocols: HTTP1.0/HTTP1.1/SSL3.0/TLS1.0/TLS1.1/TLS1.2

Plug-ins: Does not support plug-ins, such as Adobe Flash.

Wii U GamePad

Main article: Wii U GamePad

Built-in 9-axis motion sensors (3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope and a 3-axis geomagnetic sensor)

Stereo Speakers and Microphone

Volume Control

Front-facing camera

IR Sensor strip

Infrared Transceiver (part of "TV Control" feature)

Headphone jack

6.2 inch (15.7 cm) 16:9 resistive touchscreen

Two clickable analog sticks and one D-pad


Select, Start, TV Control, Home and Power buttons

A/B/X/Y face buttons, L/R bumper buttons and ZL/ZR trigger buttons


Controller sync button

NFC (Near field communicator).

Wireless communication with console based on IEEE 802.11n operating at ~5.2 GHz and technically supports repeaters.

Multi-Purpose External Extension Connector (power and data transmission for possible future additional accessories)

Two metal contacts for charging cradle power connectors (at the bottom around external extension connector)

Note: The Wii U is also compatible with the Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuk, Classic Controller, and the Wii Balance Board.

1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576i (PAL  Only), 480p, 480i, standard 4:3 and 16:9 anamorphic widescreen
Wii-standard "AV Multi Out" port supporting composite video, S-Video (NTSC consoles only), RGB SCART (European consoles only), YPBPR component video, and D-Terminal
HDMI 1.4 out port supporting stereoscopic 3D images.

"AV Multi Out" port: RCA Analog stereo
HDMI output: six-channel (5.1) linear PCM

Prices (at the time of writing): Premium Pack
Simply Games: £235.94
Amazon UK: £249.00
Shopto: £249.85
Game Collection: £259.95
101CD: £290.99
blah!: £290.99 £290.99 £290.99
The Hut: £316.98
Zavvi: £316.98
Wow HD: £320.79

Thanks for reading, Satamer. 

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