According to Nintendo's Bill Trinen, the maximum effective range for the Wii U GamePad will only be 24 feet.
A bit of clarification: The Wii U GamePad's effective range is considered "short" compared to the Xbox 360 and PS3
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?
"rantgaming" Explains it all, i thought.
You're too kind
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.
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
" 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 .
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.
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...
26 vs 30 ft?
Im not sure, I may have to move it closer to my pool to use it while I float around.
You do know they're not selling extra gamepads right?
who plays more than 8 meters away from their TVs?
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.
That's 24 unobstructed feet. You have to stay in the living room.
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.
@f789790 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.
@rainslacker You do realize that the signal for both Bluetooth and Wifi gets degraded through obstructions also, right?
@Nikk 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.
'@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.
@beer 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.
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.
my spa is 15 meters from my TV.
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..
How is that short?
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...
Exactly. I think a lot of people expected to be able to do that. Personally, I'm fine with the 24' range
"Update 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.....
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
I didn't say they were
as long as i can do #2.....
so long as i can do #2.....
I hope you have a bucket in your living room then.
My wireless headphones work just fine in that situation. Can't speak for the Wii U.
i dont sit that far from my tv so it works for me yea :D
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.
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
Haters will always find something to criticize dennett. It's unavoidable.
I think the people wanting further range are the ones that think the gamepad is ment to be used drasticly different!
Its a wii u, not a wifi router.
My Vita plays full games/movies/music ota anywhere in my house and away also, providing good wireless N connection.
This isn't about the Vita.
While off topic......I basically forgot the Vita existed before reading your comment today.
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.
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.
The vita is a handheld console and the Wiiu pad is acontroller you moron.
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.
I have a bathroom in my room. I'm set.
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 ?
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!
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?
so that may be a problem for them
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.
That's optimal distance. It can probably go a lot further than that with an insignificant amount of lag...
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
so now People are mad because they cant go to the basement bathroom and play wiiu...
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