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Some Wii U specs revealed: 2 GB memory, 75 W power consumption

Wii UNintendo’s president Satoru Iwata revealed some Wii U specs via the Japanese Nintendo Direct. He says that the system will include 2 GB of total system memory. 1 GB of memory will be available for games, while another 1 GB will be available for the Wii U operating system and background applications. 1 GB of memory for the OS is definitely a lot for a home gaming console — the current generation systems use about only 1/20th of that. Perhaps the OS includes a lot more than are we currently aware of. Or some of the background applications take up a lot of resources, such as Miiverse and its many features.

Nintendo also revealed that the system will consume only 75 W of power under full load, which is about half as much as current generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony. The power consumption drops to 40 W when used for menu, Miiverse and other non-gaming applications. The Wii U storage media is confirmed to be Blu-ray based and support up to 25 GB of data per disc, at 22.5 MB/s data transfer rate. Nintendo might reveal more Wii U specs tomorrow at the event in New York.

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  • Nintentionally

    Woohoo! I’m preordering from every store in UK today!

    So now it would appear that all the specs that were leaked were lies.

    Now there’s a surprise.

    • revolution5268

      “So now it would appear that all the specs that were leaked were lies.”
      im not because they did it to bring people to there site to advertise, also to piss people off.

  • dubYA

    I like what I’m seeing so far! This is going to be a looong 5 hours.

  • Nintedward

    LEAKED SPECS ARE LEAKED SPECS!!!!!
    I knew those leaks were trolling us XD.

    I am psyched for the wiiu!! going to be awesome!! Nintendo has got everything under control . The wiiu is a very capable machine , able to produce graphics significantly better than what we have seen on the 360 and ps3.
    Once developers come to terms with this , we will have some beautifull games!!!!

    • Nintedward

      I am glad i watched the Japanese nintendo direct . although i don’t understand japanese , i understood all the figures.
      And when it said 1gb , I thought ”awww only 1gb RAM” BUT THEN ANOTHER GB POPPED UP!!! ”yaaaaayy”

  • jcb411abuser

    YEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

  • his greatness wiiboy101

    iv worked out the disc load speed its 2.5 x faster than ps3s bluray i bet some of that ram is also a disc cacth like gamecube for even faster loading say 4 x ps3 it would only need 32mb or so to do that i hope so

    its very likely that 1gb secondary ram for os isngt all os its likely a small part to do with disc catching aka a access ram and likely a audio ram also the second ram looks like a up to date version of gamecubes access ram

    so its for os and then some back ground tasks like disc catching helping remove load times and improve ram performance and also the sound dsp

    we wont know just yet

  • OMG!!!!1

    I’m really excited for their next conference, I’m so ready to buy the Wii U =D

    I’ve read the article but there’s something there that I couldn’t understand…or is it just a typo? o.<

    "current generation systems use about only 1/20th of that.'

    • Nintedward

      ps3 uses (I think) 50-60mb for OS . 1028mb is 20 times that….

      I think the Gamepad’s Asymetric streaming will take up 500mb of the OS (when Asymetric gameplay is in use) .

      The wiiu is flexible , you know it is possible that if say a developer didn’t want to barely use the gamepad at all , he can borrow extra RAM from the OS . I think the PS3 did this , so we may see a wiiu game using say 1.5gb or RAM for graphics (probably wrong , maybe not )

      • Jeremy

        yeah but third party developers seem kinda lazy from what i read on articles Idk for sure and i doubt theres to many first party games from nintendo thats going to do that (use some of the dedicated systems ram for the game and controller) but more then likely take from the game for the controller sounds more plausible dont you think?

  • Sikora

    2 GB memory? I must be misunderstanding things… either way, I will be using SD cards for storing the consoles memory.

    • Wildman

      RAM. Not memory for storage. Memory for super quick data transfer between the CPU and other parts of the hardware.

    • Erazor

      Yes, system memory and storage memory are two different things. The Wii U has 8GB for lower priced model and 32GB for higher priced model as well as supporting SD card and external USB HDD for additional storage.

    • Sikora

      Oh, or is it 2GB of RAM? idk..

    • Macarony64

      You are confused is ram not storage memory

    • zuxs

      2gb of RAM not storage!

    • Grant Potter

      SD cards don’t store memory. They are like hard drives.

    • DR. spankalot

      no, 2 gb of ram silly ^^

  • NintendoWizard

    I don’t think anyone is going to be trolling the Wii U once we get some games that utilise its power to its fullest extent. I can’t wait to see what Nintendo do with Zelda, given the amount of time till release. It’s going to look sick and will make the 720/PS4 look obsolete, even with their (likely) increased power. Can’t wait for 3pm, it needs to hurry up!!! Damn clock! If only I could remember where I put my DeLorean… MARTY!!!!!

    • WIIU’s Brotherhood

      WOW … great comment :D

    • revolution5268

      you’ll be surprise what the troll are going to do when those console come out.

  • deSSy2724

    Will it support dual layer “bluray based discs” aka 50 GB?

    For example, Uncharted 3 for PS3 is about 50 GB….

    • Nintedward

      One would presume this is the case. W8 and see though !

    • Xen

      i bet we will see @2014 i think coz the zelda rumour its gonna be heavy though and its much better than @ the e3 showcase. i cant imagine how realistic the world in the new zelda
      Long story + AMAZING graphic = Flawless

    • Zeta

      will most likely be the case after all Metroid Trilogy for the Wii was dual layer so if they even made sure the Wii had it the Wii U will most likely have it unless the disc they are using somehow doesn’t allow it, which i doubt.

  • Kevin White

    1 Gig for the OS — bloatware? The specs were right on. 25 Gig storage discs was predicted. 1 Gig of RAM available for games was predicted; it was speculated that meant the OS was 512 MB making total RAM = 1.5 GB, but instead the OS is a whole Gig unto itself, making total RAM = 2.0 GB.

    Of course nothing additional about the CPU or GPU.

  • NintendoGator

    Holy Crap…..This thing is gonna be……?? Whats the word I’m looking for….?
    EXTRAORDINARY!!!!

    Nintedward!! you were right all along about the trolls leaking us misleading specs….. How dare they…..

    • DR. spankalot

      no. its LEGEN, wait for it….. DARY, LEGENDARY :D

  • NavyBlueYoshi

    Nintendo stated the japanese console would come 2 weeks after the american version so there’s our release date

  • TheUNation

    I’m impressed with the specs so far. 2GB of RAM on OS and games (one in each), 75 watt consumption, and the Blu-Ray-based disc that holds the same data (not sure if it’s dual layered). I’m completely sold. Looking forward to purchase the Wii U PREMIUM by the time it hits store shelves.

  • Ravyu

    You forgot their GPGPU Iwata mentioned when explaining the legend of Zelda HD demo. What does it mean?

    • Wildman

      The graphics chip is capable of doing things other than graphics. Like speeding up youtube video load time for example, or even helping to cure cancer.

    • Macarony64

      Yea whats a gp gpu maybe was a typo

      • Macarony64

        Forget what i say above look at the wiki info ill blow your mind

  • Shulololol

    CANT….WAIT….ANYMORE!!!!

  • Bernerd

    It also has a GPGPU which is awesome, but is probably why there may be some architecture problems because developers are used to some much older tech.

    1GB for the OS?! That’s nuts!!! Still so long as it leaves the 1GB RAM untouched for games that’s pretty sweet.

    The Optical Disc is around 2 or 3 times faster than any current console’s ODD, coupled with the use of flash memory opposed to slow as HDDs it means instillation and loading times are going to be 3 or 4 times less painful. Thanks Nintendo :)

    Still £249.99 isn’t too bad at all :) Definitely going Premium and buying an extra 32GB SD card for saftey. Don’t think I’ll use more than 64GB TBH.

  • Shortwood

    Day one purchase!! Looking good.
    Still pretty curious about the processor.

  • I need the Wii U!!!!

    This is awesome. I have a feeling there are plenty more surprises coming our way. At least I hope so. Im sure Nintendo won’t let us down. Have I mentioned I need the Wii U!!!!

  • SH*TBLOCK

    I have to admit, it is a lot more than anything else in terms of memory…I hope this transfers to other areas of the system. I’m trying to wrap my mind around what 1 gb for the game can be used or help us while gaming, let alone another 1gb for anything else going on in the system. It has to help the WiiU or the game in some way…even if that just means super quick loading times, that’s a plus right there like for on-line and JRPG’s like The Last Story.

    • Nintedward

      Developers can take advantage of the wiiu’s memory for less compression on element’s like sound and textures etc . Also more detail can be shoved onto the screen , more AI etc etc etc. It’s a really good thing :)

      • SH*TBLOCK

        Yeah I get all that but honestly most 3rd party games that come to the WiiU will be ports which no matter how much they work on them, still won’t give anything to special as with the look on the WiiU. Unlike when the WiiU has an exclusive game like the new Zelda/Metroid which is where you will really see the WiiU beefyness. Even a game like a Mario game won’t turn to many heads because of the cartoon nature of the graphics, it still be the best looking Mario game ever but show how good the WiiU can be on the graphics side.

        Plus look what those HD games look like already on the PS360 with only using like what 256mb, basically a fraction of what the WiiU can handle. They make those games look and play very well. I am amazed at the thought of 2GB to have and was just trying to put in place in my mind how that would look, feel like when gaming, and play overall on a home console…that’s all.

        • Nintedward

          INDEED sir , we will have to wait for a wiiu exclusive to utilize its full potential. Remember the 360 looked pathetic at launch and then blossomed . The wiiu has already exceeded current gen at launch and will turn into a beast !

    • DR. spankalot

      YES! last story 2 on wiiu :D

      • SH*TBLOCK

        Oh hell yeah on that. I have played Zelda: Skyward Sword, Xenoblade, and TLS this past year and all I can think of is man these games would just crush on the WiiU. I even said it in my game reviews of them on youtube. Having TLS2 on WiiU and/or the others makes me foam from my mouth like those Cave Cougars do when they kill my butt in TLS, lol…

  • lobo

    Nintendo4life / hope they give us some clues today MkwiiU please

    • revolution5268

      to early for that they need to release nsmbU first.

  • 3dsguy

    Now the ball is rolling i feel sorry for any 1 sat on a ps3 or xbox this christmas

  • Amtoj

    Sorry for the double, but here’s the specs from Nintendo’s site.

  • Kevin White

    Not sure where people are getting that the leaked and speculated specs were off. It has 1 Gig RAM for games just like we thought. About 2x the other 7th Gen consoles.

    If you want some rampant speculation, how about original Xbox to 360 was an 8x jump in RAM (64 to 512), Xbox 720 will have 4 Gigs of RAM (an 8x jump from the 360). Figure 256 MB for its OS and you still have about 3.75x the RAM of the Wii U.

    I’m concerned about a Gig for the OS. Is this Windows 7 running in the background?

    I wish we knew more on the CPU and GPU right now. Specs do matter somewhat to some gamers and devs, the kind Nintendo has mentioned wanting to court again. What the heck is “GPGPU” a couple people have mentioned? Did he stutter?

    I’m buying it day one (if possible), of course. One thing I really want to know, though, is how Wii games will look over it. We know it won’t re-render at a higher resolution, and we know it won’t even upscale; but what will it look like sending 640×480 progressive (anamorphed out to 854×480 of course) over HDMI? Sad to say, I never played any Wii games (other than the default bowling and golf at a friend’s), but decided to jump back in with the Wii U and pick up Metroid Prime Trilogy, the two Zeldas, Zenoblade Chronicles, and the two Galaxies. So I’d look to see if it’s at least crisp and vibrant over HDMI (hopefully you can even USE HDMI for the Wii backwards compatability!). I also never played many good third-party 7th gen games so I’m looking forward to some of those and would like them to rival the PS3/360 versions. I’d pay $30 for a high res Wind Waker too.

    • DR. spankalot

      i don’t see the need for a hd wind waker on the wiiu.
      looks fine enough on the gamecube:)

      • Kevin White

        After I read the breakdown of all the Wind Waker graphics on Polycount, and saw the 1440×1080 images running on emulator, and read his comments about how outstanding Wind Waker looks moving at that res, I was sold.

        Give me the same textures, same polys, same audio and controls, but 60 fps/1080p widescreen, and anti-aliasing (and HDMI). Doesn’t even need to have any changes or use the touchscreen. I think it would sell.

    • Bill Cosby

      “General-purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPGPU), is the means of using a graphics processing unit (GPU), which typically handles computation only for computer graphics, to perform computation in applications traditionally handled by the central processing unit (CPU). Any GPU providing a functionally complete set of operations performed on arbitrary bits can compute any computable value. Additionally, the use of multiple graphics cards in one computer, or large numbers of graphics chips, further parallelizes the already parallel nature of graphics processing.”

      - From Wikipedia

      Pudding pops and dubstep drops!!

  • Nintentionally

    I really need to start saving now.

    I think I might put in 20 pre orders. With the original wii I managed to get 4 consoles before xmas 2006. I was a kind soul though and rather than profiteering from people’s need for a wii, I gave 3 to friends and family so they could have a good xmas. 3 out of 4 got used to death but one was barely used. I regret not selling that one for £2000 on ebay .

    I can’t see the U having a good enough supply not to sell out

  • Gabe Hoffman

    Very impressive since the PS3 has the same amount of RAM asw 360 but the problem is half of it is hogged by the CPU

  • Kahhhhyle

    If it uses blu ray disks you think there’s a chance we’ll be able to watch blu ray movies on it?

    • DR. spankalot

      maybe, there are hackers that could fix that for you :)

      • Kahhhhyle

        Yeah but I’ve never been into that kinda stuff… Maybe somebody could make a channel for watching them. I remember I was so mad though when I found out the wii could play dvds un-modified and Nintendo never took advantage of it hopefully this isn’t the same case.

  • GoodNintentions

    I am beginning to think that the Nintendo faithful are being a bit too level headed about all this news. Today’s news is certainly a bit more interesting than the rumours that got so many talking.

    If we were Apple fanboys we would be filming ourselves for youtube screaming for joy that there is an HDMI cable in the box and 75W power consumption. There would probably be some ‘Wii U has 2GB RAM” tattoos too. I seem to remember people murdering one another for the iPad with a USB slot.

  • Dawnofmorning

    Dear Nintendo, my body is ready.

  • ViceGrip

    I hope they make a certain percentage of the OS RAM shared with the Gpu, a la PS3. That would help future proof it and give more flexibility to the developers.

  • bearmon2010

    Good to know but what about the third party ? Thats the question yet unanswer. I will wait to be safe.

  • B4short

    Only 1 gb for games. So much for downloading games without a external and drive which means more money

    • Kevin White

      Read up on the difference between flash memory, hard drives, RAM, SD cards, USB drives, etc. please.

    • Wildman

      RAM and flash memory… two different things. Don’t get them confused.
      The basic Wii U has 8GB of internal storage memory.
      The deluxe Wii U has 32GB of internal storage memory.

      Both versions of the system have 2GB of RAM. 1GB for games and 1GB for the operating system, background programs, ect.

  • Josh

    And the trolls that lied to us right now are face palming themselves. I’m satisfied, knowing they lied.

    • Kevin White

      Lied about what?!? The small amount Nintendo has revealed is the same as what Wikipedia had months ago.

      • 0soul

        Woo, another lie.

  • ConCity Soldier

    Haha! I figured Wii U Daily was hype! I just read this on N4G not too long ago. Good stuff.

  • Gavin

    Honestly, I wanted white… I’m happy about the specs and all that but I’d have preferred it if Nintendo had released Basic and Deluxe set in both colours

    • Kahhhhyle

      Your not alone. Sigh why do they do this to us lol

  • Shankovich

    Wow that’s a lot…hopefully over the next 2 years they’ll reduce memory requirements for the OS through updates so devs can use it while still keeping major parts of the OS running. I’m sure someone will make a game that needs more than a gig, which will require functions to be tunred off much the way the more demanding 3DS games do.

  • Dmonkeyman

    September 13′th 2012 shall hereby be remembered as the best day in video game history

  • Alienfish

    This is excellent news. I’m interested to see what the crap they think they’re going to do with a gig of memory for just the OS. There’ll be seamless transitions between the games and menus and you’ll probably be able to multitask wonderfully, but a gig is still a lot just for the system. Can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeve.

  • SteampunkJedi

    A whole gig for the OS? Yikes, it must be huge. Those background apps better work like a charm. I’m sure they will.

  • bearmon2010

    You guys are too exciting and forgotten about the Third party supporting. I wonder if they are continue to supporting Wii U fully if 720/PS4 is coming next year ? That’s what I wonder about. I rather worry about third party fully support into next year and few years more ahead. That’s why i will buy it if they do.. If they do not then I am not going to waste my money anyway. I want to be wise.

  • SSBFAN

    good for Nintendo, they know the more power consumption, the more the system will heat up. Let this be lesson for Microsoft.

  • Murat

    Even if they produce CPU & GPU in 32nm lp process, 75W is still too low. It beats my hopes of wii u having a powerful cpu and gpu. Take a look at 4 core Intel cpus with a low end gpu, they consume 65-77W alone!