Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirmed a few new Wii U specs during a Japanese presentation today. Much of the information relates to memory and the game discs. Below is the following information that Nintendo officially released:
- Supports full 1080p
- “GPGPU” used
- Main memory: 1GB
- System memory: 1GB
- Total memory is 2GB
- Games only use 1GB of main memory
- System memory is for the OS
- Can use the browser while playing
- Game discs are 25GB
- Discs run at 22.5 MB/s
- Uses up to 75 watts of electricity
- Typical power usage is 45 watts
- Reconfirmed: import Wii VC and WiiWare games
Nintendo had it’s Wii U preview event earlier today in New York City and they revealed some details that you’ll be very interested to hear. It seems that the date supplied by many in the industry is correct, the release date for the Wii U console will be this November 18th. The Wii U will come in two configurations, the Basic Set and the Deluxe Set.
The Basic Set will have 8 Gigabytes of memory and will include the console itself, one GamePad, the sensor bar and an HDMI cable. The Basic Set will come in White. It’s nice to see that a hardware company will include an HDMI cable, it was left out of both the PlayStation 3 in it’s later iterations and the Xbox 360′s cheaper models. The pricing for this Basic Set will be $299.99. There was much speculation on the price and most said to keep a large audience the price has to be lower. I feel that the $299.99 price is just right.
The Deluxe Set has a bit of a memory boost, it contains 32 Gigabytes of memory, everything that was included in the Basic Set is included in the Deluxe. The Deluxe adds a GamePad charging cradle and a stand for both the console and the GamePad. The Deluxe Set will be coming in Black.
It has been confirmed for the dates of release in both Europe, and Japan, which are November 30th and December 8th respectively.