Submitted by timothylittle 980d ago | news

Nintendo Confirms Short Wii U GamePad Range

According to Nintendo's Bill Trinen, the maximum effective range for the Wii U GamePad will only be 24 feet. (Nintendo, Wii U)

Update A bit of clarification: The Wii U GamePad's effective range is considered "short" compared to the Xbox 360 and PS3

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ninjabake  +   980d ago
It has been confirmed for 8 meters. How that is considered "short" is beyond me. In any case, why would you be sitting that far away from the system to begin with?
ozstar  +   980d ago

Explains it all, i thought.
timothylittle  +   980d ago
You're too kind
inb4its2late  +   980d ago
Yeah that's not short for regular gaming needs. For most purposes its no big deal. But unfortunately it will not reach all areas in my house nor on my back deck while i am outside with friends which would be cool.
NoFanboyRequired  +   980d ago
Just move the wii closer to the deck. Pretty sure you wont need to hook it up to the tv with that secondary screen :p
Baka-akaB  +   980d ago
" In any case, why would you be sitting that far away from the system to begin with? "

One of the hyped feature of the wii u is the ability to play precisely without the screen and switch back onto the tablet's screen when otherwise busy .

So no , while understandable , it is a tad dissapointing that you can't just go around the house as freely as hoped with it .
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   980d ago
Exactly. It was a highlighted feature. It's disappointing that you are limited to how far you can take the gamepad in the house, but at the end of the day the Wii U is a console after all.
ninjabake  +   980d ago
Great point! But I'm not so sure Nintendo themselves ever came out and said "you can play anywhere with this thing" it was more of an emphasis on simply being able to stream games directly from the TV to the gamepad alone. I didn't hear much, if anything, about it having a very large range nor did I hear Nintendo touting it. Either way one would think since they bring the feature up that it would be able to have far range so I see where your coming from. But you know what they say about assumptions...
Elimin8  +   980d ago
26 vs 30 ft?
CalvinKlein  +   980d ago
Im not sure, I may have to move it closer to my pool to use it while I float around.
Muigi  +   979d ago
You do know they're not selling extra gamepads right?
boybato  +   980d ago
who plays more than 8 meters away from their TVs?
ChickeyCantor  +   980d ago
You take the screen with you remember?

8 meters/24 foot radius. I welcome this. I can play my games and move around in the house.
f789790  +   980d ago
That's 24 unobstructed feet. You have to stay in the living room.
boybato  +   980d ago
my point was if you are playing while the cross controller function is being used i do not see anyone playing that far away from their tv sets.

Of course, it might be short to some specially those who would like to pause and continue their game on the crapper.
rainslacker  +   980d ago

are you sure there can't be obstructions? This would indicate the controller works on an line of sight principle which would be really dodgy for a controller. I assumed it would work on a closed network radio signal...similar to bluetooth or wireless network. I know there's a sensor bar but I thought that was just for the motion control properties of the controller.
NiKK_419  +   980d ago
@rainslacker You do realize that the signal for both Bluetooth and Wifi gets degraded through obstructions also, right?
rainslacker  +   980d ago

Yeah I'm aware. Was just hoping for some clarification...for instance can the tablet be used in the next room...say 10 feet from the console but no line of sight.
beerkeg  +   979d ago
'@rainslacker You do realize that the signal for both Bluetooth and Wifi gets degraded through obstructions also, right? '

That hasn't stopped me turning on my ps3 in my front room accidentally when I've used my dualshock with my pc which is in a room upstairs. There's a fair amount of distance and obstruction in between those rooms as well.
rainslacker  +   979d ago

I guess I'll just ask the straight out question.

Does the Wii U controller require line of sight?

hence the reason for my original comment on f789790's post, since he stated you had to stay in the living room. Personally don't care about the actual obstructed distance so long as I can carry around the Wii U controller to another room.:)

Also I go to the kitchen during long dialogue scenes in some games just pressing the X button so I don't have to sit there and watch them sometimes.:) I love the dualshock.
ChickeyCantor  +   980d ago
It's not meant for that obviously. It's meant for when you play it solely on your gamepad. It's more convenient for homes who have complex structures.
CalvinKlein  +   980d ago
my spa is 15 meters from my TV.
AO1JMM  +   980d ago
24 feet away from the console/TV is considered "short"?
Hey,, hey, i love playing my games at precisely 25 feet away from the TV. Well my WiiU experience is ruined :/

lolz jk JK JK >_< 24 feet is more than enough. My whole house is about 24 feet.... -___-" Yeah I don't earn much..
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stragomccloud  +   980d ago
How is that short?
PirateThom  +   980d ago
It's short when there was a lot of talk of kids playing games on the screen from their rooms and also being able to use this around the house...
timothylittle  +   980d ago
Exactly. I think a lot of people expected to be able to do that. Personally, I'm fine with the 24' range
Chidori  +   980d ago
A bit of clarification: The Wii U GamePad's effective range is considered "short" compared to the Xbox 360 and PS3"

I don't think the Xbox360 and Ps3 are streaming entire games to the controller either.....
Baka-akaB  +   980d ago
Of course not , but the psp's remote play or streaming function goes way further that 24 feet . Now of course the amount of data compared to the U pad is insignificant
timothylittle  +   980d ago
I didn't say they were
saoco  +   980d ago
as long as i can do #2.....
AO1JMM  +   980d ago
Deuces!!! lol
saoco  +   980d ago
so long as i can do #2.....
Qrphe  +   980d ago
I hope you have a bucket in your living room then.
Knushwood Butt  +   979d ago
My wireless headphones work just fine in that situation.

Can't speak for the Wii U.
vork77  +   980d ago
i dont sit that far from my tv so it works for me yea :D
dennett316  +   980d ago
24 feet in any direction from where my WiiU will be will be outside the walls of my house....well, perhaps not the roof...but I highly doubt i'd want to play it in the damn attic.

Anything else we want to whine about with this? I think the WiiU sucks because it doesn't have a cheese grater feature. I think it sucks because it doesn't act as a ballast if I'm floating out at sea. I think it sucks because I can't play my WiiU game from miles away when I can play games on my Iphone there....why is this? How far can people actually stretch to find ways to complain about this damn console? It's getting ridiculous at this point.

Don't want it? Don't buy it....it's awfully simple.
Baka-akaB  +   980d ago
you are making it a bigger issue than it is thus far . I've yet to see people whine , rage and pout about it .

Besides who highlighted the feature of using the tab as a streaming tv screen or game screen ? Nintendo itself hyped it so , not us .

So of course , some question can be raised and they are now answered to . It's not such a big deal , and again understandable , but still a bit dissapointing
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rainslacker  +   980d ago
Haters will always find something to criticize dennett. It's unavoidable.
IWentBrokeForGaming  +   980d ago
I think the people wanting further range are the ones that think the gamepad is ment to be used drasticly different!
gmgarciam  +   980d ago
Its a wii u, not a wifi router.
PhillipSantanaMusic  +   980d ago
My Vita plays full games/movies/music ota anywhere in my house and away also, providing good wireless N connection.
Hicken  +   980d ago
This isn't about the Vita.
Chidori  +   980d ago
While off topic......I basically forgot the Vita existed before reading your comment today.
ALLWRONG  +   980d ago
What does Vita have to do with Wii U?

That's right! silly me :P it has nothing to do with Vita... I forgot where I was for a second.
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Qrphe  +   980d ago
I was first going to comment that no one plays more than 8 meters away from a TV then I realized that it defeats the purpose of playing in the gamepad on the first place.

I guess it doesn't affect you if you live on a small apartment or something.
zavierkai  +   980d ago
The vita is a handheld console and the Wiiu pad is acontroller you moron.
YoungPlex  +   980d ago
What do people expect? Taking it for a walk in the park? Go get a 3DSXL for handheld gaming, and a Wii U for a convenient alternative of playing a console on a tablet, without having to be by the TV!

What people don't realize is that were talking square-footage here; so that means that you could be upstairs in your bed lying down playing, or downstairs as well, streaming and inputting commands, lag-free mind you, without the need of a television!

They said it themselves that they had to be careful in balancing for battery and performance, and also in not making it to similar to a handheld. If they did make it with a massive range, there wouldn't really be a need for a 3DSXL... I think that its going to be perfectly balanced and work just fine.
omarzy  +   980d ago
I have a bathroom in my room. I'm set.
metroid32  +   980d ago
Radius means in any direction from the console ie draw a dot on some paper then get a ruler and draw a line 24ft away and imagine a compass drawing a big circle around that dot would mean u could be on next doors house if u live in semi detached or terraced houses ?
TheDivine  +   980d ago
It will reach from my bedroom to the bathroom so im ALL GOOD! My apt is small so it will reach my livingroom also. I wish i could take it with me or play anywhere but its not a handheld its a controller that i can play on if i need to shit or my gf wants to watch tv or play ps3. Thats a HUGE innovation in itself. Maybe down the road we will get remote play through wifi. For now its awesome. I cant play my 360/ps3 in another room can i!
jacksheen0000  +   979d ago
I have a feeling Nintendo is going to release a repeater for those who wants to go beyond 24ft range.

Beside, How else do we suppose Nintendo to keep cost down of their next Gen console if they add a better range wifi to Wii U's gamePAD controller?
Thepcz  +   979d ago
trolls sit far away from consoles
so that may be a problem for them
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stuntman_mike  +   979d ago
I'm sure nintendo will do an update later down the line that lets you take your gamepad anywhere you want or at least make the distance bigger.
shackdaddy  +   979d ago
That's optimal distance. It can probably go a lot further than that with an insignificant amount of lag...
wiiulee  +   979d ago
lol..silly guy..how is 24 feet short for a house and xbox360 and ps3 controllers does nothing close to the wiiu gamepad..there is alot going on with the gamepad
fatstarr  +   979d ago
so now People are mad because they cant go to the basement bathroom and play wiiu...

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