All the WiiU specs we know are going to be updated

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    Nintendo couldn't have put all those glorious names of third party developers up alongside its Wii U announcement earlier this month without giving those companies at least a glimpse at the actual hardware they'd have to code on. Sega Europe's Gary Dunn was among those to have tinkered with a development kit before we even knew what the Wii U would be called, but he says that Nintendo intends to refresh that hardware to the latest prototype model at some point before the end of July. According to Gary, coding for the new system is pretty straightforward, and though he wouldn't get into specifics about performance, he does expect more details to emerge once Nintendo starts distributing the latest version of the Wii U dev platform. Asked about how it compares to the Xbox 360 and PS3, Sega's dev leader simply said the new Nintendo console is "different."[/p]

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    So thats A good thing right?
     
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    Could this only mean the Wii U would be easier to developed on?
     
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    Wait a sec, so what we saw at E3 was inferior to the still in-development final model?

    Nintendo, for god's sake, make it powerful as possible! :/
     
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    Wait, is that a SD Card slot? or something else, either way it looks pretty small the whole console.
    And lets hope it is powerful enough to have some decent graphics.
     
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    No that's a HDD.. Because it's a dev unit.
     
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    A dev stating coding for it is straightforward? That's great news, assuming it wasn't followed with "assuming you just want text display" and taken out of context. [​IMG] Anyways that either means it's a known architecture (knowing Nintendo it is), or if it's more complex than usual the Dev kit takes care of most things properly, which is hopeful because the less work devs have to do on the technical side to accomplish a task the quicker a game can come out and the more money can be devoted to the rest of the game.

    Though I don't know if it'll get more powerful. Remember that sometimes revisions of hardware remove things (rarely used or not). PS3 slim anybody? Not just OtherOS, but also USB ports and such. What about the PS2 slim lacking some ports? Or the later models of the Genesis removing some controller ports and all that jazz? And the DS losing IR. And getting away from game systems, router revisions sometimes trim off NAND/RAM space...
     
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    I see...
    More info
     
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    Yeah, and they have a lot more freedom to change shit before it's released, so often a lot of stuff is cut back if it's not deemed useful.
     
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    Well it's already known that the current dev units have less ram than they plan on shipping with. And I can imagine the GPU will still have a couple of tweaks coming it's way.

    Actually that's a retail prototype, it has 2 USB ports and the SD slot behind that cover.
     
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    Having one year more before its launched, I can see this happening. I just hope this new console can really wow us all.
     
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    Wow! Cool! Awesome! Don't screw it up with price!
     
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    If the graphic's card specs are real and is direct x10.2 compatible, Nintendo may have gotten the idea to make this thing powered by direct x...Thus this is like Nintendo making their own Xbox. Remember the Original Xbox's games were powered by direct x. It made the system super easy to program for and allowed for quick porting of PC games. Very smart move Nintendo.
     
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    Yeah, but isn't DirectX owned by Microsoft? I'm pretty sure there's no way they would allow a competitor to use it. Unless Wii U is running Windows.
     
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    Very doubtful. They won't even use GL, instead making their own, rather similar, standard. They'll probably upgrade GX. People are just saying "it does DX ..." to try and get their heads around the hardware, while making the mistake of trying to directly compare PCs with consoles. TBH it really doesn't matter or make any difference if it does use D3D, GL, a new GX, some strange new invention, or GLES even. They're only APIs.

    EDIT: And given the choice a lot of devs would like to talk to the hardware directly. They do on the PS3
     
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    East to code/develop for = tons of shovelware [​IMG]
     
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    When they say it's easy to code for, they mean it's close to PC architecture aswel as being a full on console, therefore ports can be written for it without much difficulty, Nintendo don't want "cheap and dirty" ports though, so games must utilize the power of the console or don't bother trying to release the games.

    The console is still rather small and is the perfect size, You just think how big the GFX chip is? it's probably the size of a normal Processor apart from their is a huge heatsink and copper piping running right across the board.

    [EDIT] There won't be any dramatic changes to the hardware what's already inside, it's still going to be cheap yet partially powerful. But for a console? not bad.
     
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    By the time this thing gets released, 5 nano-meter based processing chips should be around. There should be no reason for huge chips in this thing. Everything else, I more or less I agree with.
     
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    awesome new .now make it to have at last 4 wiiu controller and its sold
     
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    Proper quality control or else no Nintendo License, like it was in the case of previous Nintendo consoles (no idea why they changed their minds in the DS/Wii era) = less shovelware
     

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