As promised, Nintendo has unveiled its new console at E3 today, and it’s called the Wii U. The big gimmick of the new console is the controller, which is actually a 6.2″ tablet built into a dual-joystick controller.
The “New Controller” (as they are cleverly calling it) connects to the console in what is reported to be an extremely lag-free wireless connection. In its most basic functionality, you can simply use its screen as the console’s screen, for those times you want to play games at home but not on the TV. It is a (resistive) touch screen, so extra functions can be moved down to the controller, so it would work much like the bottom screen of a DS.
Nintendo showed off a lot of neat things that you could potentially use it for on their E3 trailer. Check that out below:[youtube width=”580″ height=”326″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e3qaPg_keg[/youtube]
I say “potentially” because none of the games being shown are real. This is very much like the launch trailer we saw for Kinect. According to some hands-on reports, while the controller feels bulky and uncomfortable, it has the potential to change the way we play games. Nintendo has done it again!
Hardware-wise, we’re not sure exactly how powerful it will be yet. But a lot of 3rd party developers are porting their XBOX 360 and PS3 games over to it, so it should be roughly the equivalent of those consoles. If that’s the case, Nintendo has done what they always do – build a console using parts that are just a bit outdated. We hope to have more info on the hardware soon.
Here are today’s hardware reviews!
- Hardware Canucks kicks things off with a review of the ASUS Sabertooth P67
- TweakTown has a review of a product from yet another company nobody has heard about – the FSP AURUM GOLD AU-700 Power Supply
- Hexus reviews the Crucial 128GB m4 SSD
- In the market for a gaming mouse? Here’s a couple reviews: The Cooler Master CM Storm Spawn at TweakNews, and the SteelSeries Cataclysm MMO at RWLabs
- Finally, we have a couple heatsink reviews to share. The Corsair H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler at Hardware Canucks,
- and the Auras Shagon ARC-118 Heatsink at Frosty Tech.