Rumoured (Final) Wii U Technical Specs Leak Out

Ahead of this Thursday’s Nintendo Direct conference, one site has gone live with what they’re claiming to be a final set of technical specs for the Wii U.

We can’t vouch for them, but they might provide some discussion. For example: four USB ports? Potential PlayStation killer right there.

  • CPU: “Espresso” CPU on the Wii U has three enhanced Broadway cores
  • GPU: “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)
  • Memory: Mem1 = 32MB Mem2 = 1GB (that applications can use)
  • Storage: Internal 8 GB with support for SD Cards (SD Cards up to 2GB/ SDHC Cards up to 32GB) and External USB Connected Hard Drives
  • Networking: 802.11 b/g/n Wifi
  • Video Output: 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.
  • USB: Four USB 2.0 Ports

Thoughts? It’s difficult to really gauge the power of the thing from these snippets, but at least we (apparently) now know the RAM on board (it’s twice that of the PS3) and it’s going to be fun seeing Nintendo games in HD.

Roll on Thursday, when we should get a release date and pricing.



  1. if this was real it would have the specs for the drive Ninty are using. Are they swallowing the bullet and going blu ray or dvd?

    • It’s a drive that uses Blu-ray alike tech, but not Blu-ray so it will benefit from Blu-ray’s capacity etc but won’t be able to playback Blu-ray movies.

      • So HD-DVD then :)

      • It’s so they don’t have to pay any licensing fee’s for the DVD format/Blu-ray format or even HD-DVD.

        Using there own optical drive means cost cutting but not so good if you want to watch some DVD’s/Blu-Rays.

      • @Damoxuk

        That’s what Sega said about their proprietary GD-ROM. They hoped it would make the Dreamcast profitable because they believed DVD was a passing fad. Now they know better.

      • Damoxuk, the Dreamcast failed was mostly due to SEGA’s incompetence to get 3rd parties to develop for the console (like EA), rather for it not being able to play DVDs. The Wii never played DVDs and it sold really well. Actually, the Gamecube sold many more units than the Dreamcast and it also couldn’t play DVD, and was even released around after the Dreamcast.

  2. “Four USB ports? Potential PlayStation killer right there.”

    I’m hoping this is sarcasm :-p

  3. All sounds reasonable enough, which apart from the tablet based controller it would have be very reasonably priced too.

    A X360-ish powered CPU with a more modern GPU think that means 32MB of cache and 1GB RAM, it will basically be able to run this generations games how they should have been run and be able to do so from launch day & obviously be capable of being optimised from there over the coming years.

    Really none of it matters, not even slightly, it’s all about how well two screen gaming sits with Nintendo’s target demographic

    • “it will basically be able to run this generations games how they should have been run”

      Arkham City says hello. This game already runs as it should on current gen, but apparently not so on the U.

  4. Well Nintendo haven’t been known for using high end hardware.

  5. That small amount of storage would be disappointing. I regularly have games downloading greater than 8GB. 8GB is small for a Vita, a home console should have significantly more. Only having 32GB as a maximum is probably worse than only having 8GB as standard as the upgrade possibilities aren’t there.

    MGS3 HD on the psn store is 9GB, even Sound Shapes is 1 GB. Some games like Prototype 2 are 13GB and I’m sure there are others that are more.

    The only hope would be the ability to connect and install games on USB drives.

    • Assuming it’s a standard SDHC card, 32GB will set you back less than £20 on Amazon. The external HDD drive option might also be tempting.

      To be honest, while I prefer the internal HDD option, it doesn’t look like a bad set of expansion options.

      • But unless the Wii U has USB 3.0 and the external HDD supports it, you’ll get inferiour read-speeds resulting in lesser performance across the board. And you need to have an extra box under your telly. I absolutely hate the lack of an HDD, and it’s enough to make me hold off from the console as I’ve gotten too used to downloading games and content. This can and will have an effect on DLC aswell (but that could be for the better).

  6. I’m no less excited after seeing these specs. I love Nintendo games in any form. I suspect Nintendo will be keeping its “one generation behind” policy, though, so I hope the price is appropriate.
    Aaand if they want to triple their Christmas sales, they’d best announce HD filtered downloadable classics. It’s funny that only the illegal emulator scene (and the rereleased Sonic CD) have gotten HD enhancement of 2D titles right.

  7. If these specs are true then it really will be an inbetween generations console, like the Wii. This annoys me, I was really looking forward to the next generation Nintendo, but the Wii U is too far away from what I wanted it to be with it’s weird controller (I might not be able to use it comfortably due to an unbending thumb) and lack of HDD and unified network.
    Nintendo is going to be missing out graphically without DirectX11 / OpenGL 4.0 once the other consoles march in. And yet, I still have a craving for Nintendos first party games….

  8. “Espresso” CPU on the Wii U.

    Holy crap the Wii U makes your coffee too!!

  9. If the Wii U can make an expresso without us having to actually refill it then SOLD! *heads down to Gamestation and waits for it to be released* :-p

    Sounds fairly powerful and should be on par with the PS3 and 360 but untill we actually see some footage of the Wii U in action, we have no clue to how well or crap it will preform. Plus, Ninty, i’ve think you forgot to do something but i can’t put my finger on it.

  10. Don’t really care what the specs are, rumour or not.
    I care about the price, availability and the GAMES!
    I really want to hear what sort of line up and plans they have and hope that they’ve learned from the 3DS.

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