Following in one of the footsteps of PlayStation and X-Box, Nintendo will be releasing a new “Wii U” gaming console complete with a bigger wireless pro controller, that resembles the competition.
The pro-style controller is black and more resembles the shape and look of an X-Box controller, complete with the dual sticks, A,B,Y,X buttons, directional buttons and shoulder buttons and triggers.
Furthermore, the new console will be compatible with any ground-breaking controller that resembles an iPod with joysticks dubbed the “Wii U GamePad.” It will feature dual joysticks, along with a touch screen that supports finger and stylus interaction, much like a handheld DS, motion and gyroscope sensors, and the ability to act as a TV remote.
The built-in touch screen is expected to either supplement or replicate the game displayed on the television screen. The controller allows a player to continue playing certain games by displaying the game even when the television is off.
The console itself, the sixth in the Nintendo line of home gaming systems, will support 1080p high-definition graphics and be backwards compatible for with original Wii games. Wii U games can support compatibility with Wii peripherals, such as the Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuck, and Classic Controller Pro.
The Wii U CPU is designed by IBM. It is described by IBM as an “all-new, Power-based microprocessor,” the processor is a multi-core design manufactured at 45 nm with an eDRAM cache. Basically, that means Nintendo’s lower end gaming graphics should finally begin to be able to compete with those of the X-Box and PlayStations of the world.
Though no pricing of the new console has been released it is due to be released at the end of the year, in time for the 2012 holiday shopping season.