Wii U system software takes up over 4GB of storage space

El33tonline writes:

"During the latest Nintendo Direct conference broadcast the platform holder revealed how much free storage space Wii U owners can expect to have after installing the latest system software and creating a user profile on the console."

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millzy1022137d ago

at least there's no mandatory game installations like ps3. I have 160gb model and about 120 gigs of that is game instal data. mgs4 takes nearly 10gb its self. and as I don't download games because I prefer physical media this isn't too much of problem for me as I've ordered 32gb Wii u. however this probably is bad news for some but wait a year I bet they have bigger in built data storage with the massive update pre loaded in os.

mandf2137d ago

it's not up to nintendo about mandatory installations. It's up to the developer. You want HD graphics, it will happen many times. Having a mandatory install is not a negative.

Summons752137d ago

it is, people shouldn't be forced to install a game like on ps3. The game will already have HD graphics without a mandatory install. The install is just to make the game load a half second faster, that's all. I like installing my games only when it is an option so I can do it at a later time if I want to or don't want to use that space.

GribbleGrunger2137d ago

The mandatory installs on the PS3 aren't to allow it to have HD! And why is that of any consequence anyway? This is a Wiiu article.

mandf2137d ago (Edited 2137d ago )

This isn't a nintendo vs ps3 thing. This is about a developers ability to code. Pc installs a game being more capable. It's not a negative. I would install every game I come across. Mandatory or not you should install the game. It only became a problem this gen because of fanboy bickering.

@ summons loading screens are only a part of why you install a game. I'm going to work and I don't have enough time to explain it all.

badz1492137d ago

wow...just wow! you do realize that the Wii U is at least 6 years younger hardware-wise, right?

shouldn't you be worried that even 6 years late to the HD party, it still can't do 1080p properly?

"I like installing my games only when it is an option so I can do it at a later time if I want to or don't want to use that space." don't play PC games then? but yeah...whatever float your boat!

on topic, kinda strange to think that the OS takes up to 4GB and 1 GB of RAM reserved on top of it too!

Quetzll2137d ago

i thought the disc read speed for wiiU pretty much negates any need to install. but i don't doubt that a few games might require an install.

dredgewalker2137d ago

I prefer installations rather than the optical drive wear out. Plus the PS3 uses ordinary laptop harddrives that are quite cheap these days.

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RivetCityGhoul2137d ago (Edited 2137d ago )

umm your forgetting that software patches take up storage space. every game nowadays comes with multiple patches.

abzdine2137d ago

you can have 500GB on PS# if you want to. 10GB next to 500GB is nothing, while 4 and 32GB are quite close for one game.

mac_sparrow2137d ago

I put a 750GB hard drive in my ps3 for £44.98 almost 2 years ago. That coupled with a 1TB drive for media makes my system excellent as a media centre.

Obviously not everyone is going to need that amount of space, I use mine to store my final video editing files, but hdd's are very reasonably priced for ps3.

Installs don't annoy me, it would be nice to not need them, but an install or no mgs4? Give me the install.

madjedi2136d ago (Edited 2136d ago )

@millzy " I have 160gb model and about 120 gigs of that is game instal data." Wow i didn't think it was that hard of a concept to delete game install data, if your not currently or will be playing that game anytime soon.

It's not the ps3's fault, the owner lacks common sense. This should be a no brainer to even casual gamers.

@badz &mandf thx for explaining it, to stupid people.

Do some people think the ps3 has mandatory installs, for the fun of it.

@summons 75

Your using a ancient sata controller on a old 5400 rpm hdd, what the hell are you seriously expecting. You can always put a higher capacity drive in, if space becomes a issue. I assumed everyone on this site was a gaming nerd, apparently not.

The ps4/720 will likely be designed to utilize a ssd at it's relative top speed. But it has a capacity trade off.

I install all my 360 games to my hdd, to avoid disc drive wear and tear.

There are a few game i wished the developer "forced" me to install on the hdd, if it cuts the load times, that isn't a problem to me.

I have a 750 gig(620-650) after format, probably an issue with sony's file system, and i still regularly delete old game data, demos ect.

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josephayal2137d ago

up to 4G? It really makes no sense

wiiulee2137d ago

cant wait for the wiiu, nintendo created an almost perfect system. what more can u ask for

r212137d ago

Holy crap, unfortunate news for the cheaper model owners. Taking half of that 8Gig space, yikes! Thankfully theres that external hard drive thing.

ShadowKingx2137d ago

if the wii u has to same amount of required save data that the wii has, 4GB is still a lot of memory for saving. since the wii only had 512MB and i still have not used all that up yet. but i do think that is a lot of software data for memory and nintendo should have better planned this so instead of the 8GB you get 12GB and instead of 32GB you get 36GB which would give what you payed for after the software download.

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