Nintendo on Tuesday revealed more about its upcoming Wii U video game console. The console features 1080p HD video support, contains an IBM Power-based multi-core CPU and an AMD Radeon-based High Definition GPU. It features multiple video outputs, including HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV. It uses six-channel PCM linear output via the HDMI connector, or analog output via the AV Multi Out connector. The console measures in at 1.8″x10.5″x6.8″, and weighs approximately 1.5kg.
The GamePad incorporates a 6.2″, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD touch screen, which features a front-facing camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, rumble functionality, a sensor bar, a stylus and Near Field Communication support.
It weighs approximately 500g and is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
The touchscreen on the GamePad itself can be navigated using either your fingers or a stylus which will come bundled with the GamePad itself. As you might have noticed in the photo above, the design of the GamePad is certainly a departure from the original design. It will now come in black and will feature redesigned analog sticks. The GamePad will also sport ZL/ZR trigger buttons placed at the back and L/R buttons on the shoulders of the controller.
It will come with a built-in rumble motor, an accelerometer and a gyroscope that can be used to play games, such as navigating the “Batarang” in Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, built-in camera for video conferences, stereo speakers and a microphone. As you have probably noticed by now, there is a glowing blue Home button in the bottom portion of the GamePad. According to Nintendo, this will suspend the gameplay and will allow you to perform other social features like chatting with your friends.
The system is expected to be released this holiday season at a yet to be determined price.