Nintendo unveiled their next-generation system during their conference today, officially known as the Wii U, but the controller was the focus of the conference. Housing a touch-screen and the ability to stream content from the new console to the controller’s screen for gameplay, use as an easier means to manage inventory, or other game aspects, the controller was the highlight of the show. Using the controller and Wii-mote at the same time, the controller offers a very unique experience never witnessed in the gaming industry.
Nintendo has shared the official specs on the system and controller via a press release this afternoon — find the first images of the controller here and system here. You can also view the first screens New Super Mario Bros. Mii here.
Other confirmed information that has been revealed throughout the day is that the system will not use Blu Ray discs but will use a large capacity disc format, Wii games will not be upscaled, and the controller’s stream range is limited to the same room — or close proximity to the system — and the touch-screen is single-touch.
Size: Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.
New Controller: The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button
controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional
barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the
video game world. The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home
button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a
built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo
speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.
Other Controls: Up to four Wii Remote™ (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once.
The new console supports all Wii™ controllers and input devices, including the
Nunchuk™ controller, Classic Controller™, Classic Controller Pro™ and Wii Balance
Media: A single self-loading media bay will play 12-centimeter proprietary high-density
optical discs for the new console, as well as 12-centimeter Wii optical discs.
Video Output: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI,
component, S-video and composite.
Audio Output: Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.
Storage: The console will have internal flash memory, as well as the option to expand its
memory using either an SD memory card or an external USB hard disk drive.
CPU: IBM Power®-based multi-core microprocessor.
Other: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible
with Wii games and Wii accessories.
Note: Details are subject to change.