According to reports coming via a certain Twitter user, the Wii U has already been “hacked” open and the finer details of its CPU, including a surprisingly low clock speed, have been leaked.
The codenames are listed: the CPU is known as Espresso, the GPU as Latte. But it’s the CPU speed that’s going to cause the headlines, apparently running at just 1.243 GHz, consisting of 3 PowerPC 750-type cores.
For reference, this is already behind (just in terms of raw numbers) the PS3 and the Xbox 360. The latter console reportedly has a tri-core 3.2 GHz processor, for example.
The GPU core is clocked at 550Mhz. That’s about level with the PS3 and 360.
If this is all true, then the current ports on the Wii U that run at nearly the same sort of fidelity and frame-rate as their PS3 and 360 counterparts do is actually quite remarkable. The Wii brand has never been about raw power, though, of course, but ports of PS4 and 720 games might be rare…
“It doesn’t involve leaks, it involves Wii U hacks” reported the hacker responsible for the news.
The Wii U releases in Europe tomorrow, priced at roughly £250 for the basic pack, and approximately £300 for the Premium pack.