Wii U: USB memory support confirmed, gamers can plug 3 terabyte Hard Drive if needed

Nintendo (America) president Reggie Fils-Amie has confirmed that Wii U will support full THREE Tera-byte hard drive all thanks to Wii U USB Storage support.

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LX-General-Kaos2278d ago (Edited 2278d ago )

It looks like after all of the kaos that took place this weekend, the Nintendo Wii U entertainment system won't have space limitations after all. It all depends on how far the consumer would like to take it.

Now the Nintendo Elite supporter will have no problems at all when downloading the content that tickles their fancy. Stay positive. I will seek out a 1TB HDD. That should be more than enough for the next generation of Nintendo gaming.

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fermcr2278d ago

It would be great if the WiiU supported USB 3.0... otherwise i see very long loading windows if the game is installed on a external hardrive.

shaun mcwayne2278d ago

you wont have long loading times its just the same as running installed games from the console hard drive. also 200 installed xbox 360 games is about 1tb.

fermcr2278d ago

"you wont have long loading times its just the same as running installed games from the console hard drive"

No it's not. Not even close.

USB 2.0 (witch i suspect is what WiiU is using) has a maximum transfer rate 35 MB/s.

Sata 1, 2, 3 have maximum transfer rate of 150 MB/s, 300 MB/s, 600 MB/s respectively.

Now if the WiiU had USB 3.0, it would have maximum transfer rate of 625 MB/s, witch would be pretty good.

So yes, there is a big difference between a external hard drive connected with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ... and with a internal hard drive connected by SATA 1, 2 or 3.

wishingW3L2278d ago (Edited 2278d ago )

the fact that every Wii U will not have an HDD mean that developers will not be able to take advantage of it for streaming and stuff. On top of this, this is a hidden cost that Wii U users will face if developers want to add DLC and patches to their games.

mamotte2278d ago

They at least let us select what we'll use. Is not as hidden and expensive as mandatory game cards.

ronin4life2278d ago (Edited 2278d ago )

The wiiu comes in 2 models: one will have 8gb internal storage and the other 32. It can support patches just fine.

It will also support what sounds like ANY USB or sd card memory solution. A decent sized sd card is dirt cheap, but more importantly most people who would want more memory will most likely already have a thumb drive or spare card lying around.

This isn't on the same level as the vita proprietary memory or the Xbox situation. Far, far from it. And unlike the vita, the "hidden cost" will not affect everyone: the vitas mem cards were required for most games.

Anon19742278d ago

That's fantastic news and given the prices and options with regard to usb storage, it's really brilliant to leave this up to the consumer. I'm becoming more and more intrigued by the Wii-U as time passes and more information becomes available.

LX-General-Kaos2278d ago

Well said

And thank you for supporting Nintendo

SonyNGP2278d ago

I've got a 250GB drive full of Wii games lying around. I can use that after a wipe :)

Axonometri2278d ago

It is not memory. it is storage space.

RmanX10002278d ago

Just in case you wanted every game in existence in one convenient location.

wiiu_peeu2278d ago

Hmmm so the 300 wii u bundle isnt that bad after all if you upgrade it yourself.

Gamer-Z2278d ago

I pre ordered the 8gb WiiU with zombiU so this is good news ^_^

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