Leviathyn.com's Ron Hoffecker takes all the rumors that have been boiling since last year's E3 and makes predictions for this year's full reveal. Changes to the controller, hardware specs, and even a possible name change are abound!
My problem with the Wii like kinect and what i hope they fix is the choice of games, they need more mature titles, Silent hill and resi 4 on the wii where the only games i could ever get into before i sold the console
The Wii U is puling on many new hardcore titles, should check it out.
I think more GOOD titles is more important than more mature titles. Kinect has a mature title or two, but the thing is most Kinect games tend to suck. Seriously, how do you manage to fuck up a motion control Star Wars or Dragonball Z game?
I'm going to take the wait and see approach everything I've heard, read and know about bill of materials concerns me about it...but we'll see
The CPU was not confirmed quad-core. Newest rumors from NeoGaf is tri-core but with a different architecture and more eDRAM than the Xenos. The GPU is a custom HD That isn't relatable to any off the shelf GPU. The rest is believable.
If its based of power7 then it can't be tri-core. It been confirmed as power7 by IBM so at lowest level power7 is quad core...
My good man, the CPU shares some characteristics of a Power7, such as architecture and the use of eDRAM instead of L3 cache. "The Wii U CPU is designed by IBM. It is described by IBM as an "all-new, Power-based microprocessor", the processor is a multi-core design manufactured at 45 nm with an eDRAM cache. Although neither Nintendo nor IBM has revealed detailed specifications, such as the number of cores, clock rate, or cache sizes, references to the chip containing "a lot" of eDRAM and "the same processor technology found in Watson" indicate that the processor shares some characteristics with IBM's POWER7 processor, which powers the Watson computer system and incorporates a large L3 eDRAM cache. The Wii U CPU will be produced by IBM at their 300 mm semiconductor manufacturing facility in East Fishkill, New York."
What? Confirmed, but rumored? Eeeh im missing on the logic there.
Interesting article. I like the bold predictions that other similar such articles have been unwilling to make. The screen size change is an interesting one... I do think the controller will see a lot of small refinements, like the circle pads and triggers, but I don't know about the screen, obviously. This was fairly conservative in terms of game announcements. Pikmin 3 has been in devfor so long that I could see it for launch. New Super Mario Bros Mii, as well, since they obviously had a build of it last year, and it will move a lot of units for Christmas. And there will be all the stuff we haven't heard about yet. E3 should be very interesting this year.
Yeah ibm said power7 CPU so 4 cores with each core running 4 threads do the math. On the GPU side I don't think the rumors are true as nintendo was using the 4850 GPU. That GPU is know for overheating and nintendo would NEVER take the cahnce of having a RROD type situation. So I do believe they would go with the 6000 series.
Wii U will have a quad core CPU... Its a damn Power7 CPU. Interesting read... I also believe his predictions of what the Wii U capabilities will be are spot on. Wii U will not suffer the performance gap that the Wii did with PS3/Xbox360. I swear if someone writes the Wii U is made out of cotton candy some of the idiots that frequent this site will believe that also.
Every now and again comes an N4G comment that reminds me that some gamers out there don't have rice for brains. "I swear if someone writes the Wii U is made out of cotton candy some of the idiots that frequent this site will believe that also." ^This, this and more this.
This guy is spot on.... http://youtu.be/OIbhzMHzrQU
The GPU has been in the design phase for awhile. The closest GPU off the shelf that had the specs Nintendo wanted were the 4000 series GPU's. Those Wii U's shown at E3 2011 were not final, they were rushed and put together. The final GPU and CPU will be customized just like all other video game consoles.
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