Wii U Specs Possibly Leaked: PowerPC CPU, AMD GPU

Wii U Daily says it has talked to a developer with access to the new console, who claims that the device will use a 45 nm, PowerPC-based 3 GHz processor with four cores. The source claims that the Wii U's processor is "very similar" to the Xbox 360 processor.

Additionally, the console may get 768 MB of DRAM that is embedded with the CPU, but shared between the CPU and GPU. The GPU appears to be a 40 nm AMD design. As we Wii U Daily mentions, these specs were previously shown to developers by Nintendo, so there is no surprise besides the fact that these may be the final specs. Nintendo has always focused much more on the game experience than on the hardware, but it is somewhat obvious that the Wii U will have to be much more powerful than the current Wii to enable gamers to move up to HD gaming.

Nintendo reportedly sold more than 500,000 Wiis during the Black Friday weekend and scored its best launch into the Christmas shopping season since the console's launch in 2006. However, total sales for November were estimated to be down by about 17 percent to about 1.5 million units. In contrast, Microsoft was able to sell about 900,000 Xbox 360s as well as 750,000 Kinect sensors during the Black Friday weekend. Total Xbox 360 unit sales for the month were 1.44 million. Given the Xbox 360's age, those numbers are impressive, but there are plenty of people who believe that many of those 900,000 Xbox 360s went into households with Wiis and consumers who were looking for an upgrade of their Nintendo device. There is a good chance that Microsoft is already chewing off Nintendo's user base.

Sony, by the way, sold about 750,000 PS3, according to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter.

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  • eeew 768 of ram? you call that HD gaming LMAO hahahahahahaahaha. just like ps3 and 360 512 of ram even 1 gig ram is outdated hardware, how can they call HD gaming ? PC is the GOD OF HD Gaming and it will all ways be :)
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  • sony1978akeeew 768 of ram? you call that HD gaming LMAO hahahahahahaahaha. just like ps3 and 360 512 of ram even 1 gig ram is outdated hardware, how can they call HD gaming ? PC is the GOD OF HD Gaming and it will all ways be


    i cant really tell where to start... 1gb is more than enough for 1080p gaming, and if you are coding specifically for one hardware set (note, consoles) you can get by with less due to less bloat on the other hardware.

    please, don't comment if you know nothing about this subject, as it only annoys people.

    dalethepcmanAs always Nintendo has a great strength in capturing a market, they just never seem able to hold onto it. If you constantly release consoles and titles for pre-teens, and your consoles have a lifespan of 5 years. Then if your 8 year old customer receives a Wi when they come out, before you release a new console they will want an XBOX. Its only a matter of time before those children want to play call of duty and world of warcraft.If Nintendo ever released consoles or content that matured to at least pg-13 levels then Sony and Microsoft would have never been able to enter the gaming market.


    n64, gamecube, both high end for their time, especially the n64, and the gamecube able to push games that looked better than the 2x as powerful xbox, but for some reason nintendo never held a large hard core crowd.

    the wii, i can at least understand their position, most people didn't have an hd tv at the time of its launch, so they stayed sd, and i have to say, for their nintendo games, hd or sd, they would still play the same, but now zelda, after demon souls, after assassins creed, you can see where that game could improve from better hardware.

    with the wiiu, we will get to see what they can do with a more modern setup, and if its the design team thats holding them back or if its the hardware.
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  • eeew 768 of ram? you call that HD gaming LMAO hahahahahahaahaha. just like ps3 and 360 512 of ram even 1 gig ram is outdated hardware, how can they call HD gaming ? PC is the GOD OF HD Gaming and it will all ways be :)
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  • As always Nintendo has a great strength in capturing a market, they just never seem able to hold onto it. If you constantly release consoles and titles for pre-teens, and your consoles have a lifespan of 5 years. Then if your 8 year old customer receives a Wi when they come out, before you release a new console they will want an XBOX. Its only a matter of time before those children want to play call of duty and world of warcraft.

    If Nintendo ever released consoles or content that matured to at least pg-13 levels then Sony and Microsoft would have never been able to enter the gaming market.
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