Nintendo has released first specs on its new Wii U console, giving in-depth information on the size and shape of the machine and its controller, the interfaces to the display and other connections to the outside world.
However, the released data gives away very little about the performance of the console, omitting any kind of detail on the graphics chip utilised and the make-up of the IBM CPU. Other important information – such as the resolution of the 6.2-inch 16:9 touchscreen are also omitted from the PDF contained in Nintendo’s official press pack.
Compatibility with the existing range of Wii controllers is confirmed though, and we also discover that additional peripherals in the pack include a Wii-style sensor bar plus a stylus for the touchscreen controller. Nintendo also reveals that the system uses its own proprietary “high density” discs – rumoured to be an off-shoot of Blu-ray technology. The actual capacity of these discs is not revealed.
HDMI is confirmed as the primary video interface and support for six channel (5.1) uncompressed audio is also mentioned – a step down from the 7.1 LPCM integrated into the PlayStation 3, but an upgrade on the Dolby Digital-only system employed in the Xbox 360.
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