What is it that’s powering Nintendo’s upcoming gaming rig, the Wii U? It might very well be this list of specs.
How about one more tantalizing rumor before Nintendo gives us the last details for their next console on Thursday? No, no. Don’t thank me at all; thank the website VGLeaks and their *whispers* industry sources for delivering us the “unconfirmed” list of specs for the Wii U.
The Nintendo overlords haven’t been all too forthcoming with what exactly is under the hood of the Wii U, but if this latest info is 100% correct, then we’ll have in our sights, ladies and gents, knowledge over just that. Right down to the type of CPU, GPU, memory size, and eternal storage.
Well then, without further hesitation, here’s VGLeak’s take on the Wii U final specs:
“Espresso” CPU on the Wii U has three enhanced Broadway cores
“GPU7” AMD Radeon™-based High Definition GPU. Unique API = GX2, which supports Shader Model 4.0 (DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.3 equivalent functionality)
Mem1 = 32MB Mem2 = 1GB (that applications can use)
Internal 8 GB with support for SD Cards (SD Cards up to 2GB/ SDHC Cards up to 32GB) and External USB Connected Hard Drives
802.11 b/g/n Wifi
Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i
Video Cables Supported:
Compatible cables include HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV.
Four USB 2.0 Ports
Apparently, word is that these specs bump up the power of the hardware well over what was revealed from the Wii U devkit specs list that was unearthed before Nintendo’s E3 2012 presser months back. What that means precisely, though, in terms of performance, is still beyond anyone’s good guesses.
That is, of course, until we see what developers can really pull off once they learn how to harness its full capabilities. But sheesh, we won’t possibly see anything in that range until months after the Wii U launches, and speaking of which, we’ll learn that info along with other surprises, hopefully, come Thursday morning.
Nintendo’s Wii U event in the Big Apple is scheduled for 10 am eastern standard time, but don’t worry if you can’t tune in (its a workday, we know), we’ll have a full round-up of all the news from the event here on Walyou, as well as your regularly recommended does of geek: for example, cute Plants Vs. Zombies figurines or the 9 creepiest fish on the planet.