Just had to go and list some new info about the Wii U Vs The old Console specs-

The Wii U specs

[According to rumors of it leaking directly from Warioworld.com, which is nintendo’s developer site]


Wii U Specs [Most of it Rumor]
CPU:“Espresso” CPU on the Wii U has three enhanced Broadway coresGPU:“GPU7” AMD Radeon™-based High Definition GPU. Unique API = GX2, which supports Shader Model 4.0 (DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.3 equivalent functionality)

Mem1 = 32MB Mem2 = 2GB (that applications can use)
System Mem: 1GB, GPU Mem: 1GB (Official)


Internal 8 GB with support for SD Cards (SD Cards up to 2GB/ SDHC Cards up to 32GB) and External USB Connected Hard Drives


802.11 b/g/n Wifi

Video Output:

Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i

Video Cables Supported:

Compatible cables include HDMI, Wii D-Terminal, Wii Component Video, Wii RGB, Wii S-Video Stereo AV and Wii AV.


Four USB 2.0 Ports

The specs sheet of the old current consoles that have been running for 6 to 7 years now

Pricing (US)
  Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 Wii
Low-end model $279
(Xbox 360 Arcade)
n/a n/a
Mainstream model $349
(Xbox 360)
(PlayStation 3 40 GB)
High-end model $449
(Xbox 360 Elite)
(PlayStation 3 80 GB)


Feature Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 Wii
Processor type 3.2 GHz PowerPC with 3 dual-threaded processor cores 3.2 GHz Cell processor with 7 single-threaded synergistic processing units cores (not directly comparable to Xbox 360 processor cores) 729 MHz IBM Broadway processor with 5 execution units


Graphics processor
Feature Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 Wii
GPU Type ATI-based custom processor NVIDIA-based RSX “Reality Synthesizer” ATI Hollywood processor
Clock speed 500 MHz 550 MHz 243 MHz
Video RAM Up to 512 MB GDDR3 system RAM (700 MHz) plus 10 MB embedded DRAM (eDRAM) frame buffer 256MB GDDR3 (700MHz) 24 MB of system RAM (486 MHz) plus 3 MB of embedded DRAM (eDRAM)
Video memory bandwidth 21.6 GBps to system RAM; 256 GBps to eDRAM 22.4 GBps 3.9 GBps


Feature Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 Wii
Native video resolutions 16:9 widescreen 720p, 1080i, 1080p (will downsample to standard definition) 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p (will downsample to standard definition) 853 x 480 (480p) in widescreen or 4:3 aspect ratio
HDMI output Yes Yes No
Component HDTV output Yes Yes No (But supports 480p EDTV via optional component cables)
Video cables included Arcade model includes composite cables only. Xbox 360 model includes composite and component cables. Elite model includes composite, component, and HDMI cable. Composite only Composite only


Feature Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 Wii
Analog sound output Dolby Pro-Logic II Stereo Dolby Pro-Logic II
Digital sound output 5.1-channel Dolby Digital 5.1-channel Dolby Digital (HDMI), 7.1-channel LPCM n/a
Number of voices Software-based, limited only by CPU and memory Hardware based: 320 compressed channels; software based: limited only by CPU and memory Hardware DSP with 64+ channels


System memory
Feature Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 Wii
Main System RAM 512 MB GDDR3 RAM (700 MHz), shared with GPU 256 MB XDR RAM (3.2GHz) 64 MB GDDR3 RAM
Memory bandwidth 22.4 GBps 25.6 GBps 1.9 GBps


Feature Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 Wii
Optical drive 12X dual-layer DVD; HD DVD drive offered as $179 add-on (for movies only). Blu-Ray Proprietary optical drive
Supported optical formats Xbox DVD, DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 CD, and JPEG Photo CD (HD DVD supported with optional HD DVD drive). BD, BD-ROM, Blu-ray Disc, CD, CD-DA, CD-DA (ROM), CD-R, CD-RW, DualDisc (audio side), DualDisc (DVD side), DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM, PlayStation 3 BD-ROM, PlayStation 3 DVD-ROM, PlayStation CD-ROM, PlayStation2 CD-ROM, SACD HD, and SACD Hybrid (CD layer). Wii discs (both 4.7 GB single layer and 8.5 GB dual layer), Nintendo GameCube discs. Not DVD compatible.
Included storage Arcade: 256 MB Memory Unit (MU)
Xbox 360: 20 GB removable hard drive
Elite: 120 GB removable hard drive
40 GB or 80 GB replaceable hard drive. 512 MB of internal flash memory
External hard drive support Yes, but limited to media playback only. Yes No
Memory card ports 2 Xbox 360 Memory Unit ports (64 MB or 512 MB). PS3 40 GB: No
PS3 80 GB: Memory Stick, SD, CompactFlash ports
1 SD card slot, 2 GameCube memory card ports.
USB 2.0 ports 3 PS3 40 GB: 2
PS3 80 GB: 4


Feature Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 Wii
Ethernet 1 port (100 Mbs) 1 port (1 Gbps) No; optional with USB-based add-on.
Wireless networking No. 802.11g is optional ($100) on all models. Bluetooth 2.0, Bluetooth controller interface, Wi-Fi. Integrated Wi-Fi for networking and Internet access; Bluetooth 2.0 for controllers.
Online service Pervasive online experience through Xbox Live Silver (free), Xbox Live Gold ($49.99 per year); includes ability to download full-length movies and TV shows, many in HD format. Free PlayStation Network with micropayment system; includes a Web browser. Individual game makers can choose to charge for online services. Free Wii Network online service includes online shopping, Web browsing, messaging, and other features.


Multimedia features
Feature Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 Wii
Full Media Center Extender 2.0 experience Yes No No
Live and recorded TV support (including HDTV) Yes No No
Supports streaming video from PCs Yes Yes No
Supports streaming audio from PCs Yes Yes No
Supports streaming photo slideshows from PCs Yes Yes No
Plays content from portable media players, including iPod and Sony PSP, and with digital cameras Yes Yes No
Displays content from portable storage devices Yes Yes Photos, MPEG and Quicktime movies, and MP3 music files from SD storage only.
Displays content from console on portable devices No Yes. Content from PS3 can be used on PSP using Remote Play feature. No
Plays DVD movies Yes Yes No
Upscales DVD movies to HD resolutions, including 1080p Yes Yes, but only on HDMI compatible TVs. No
Supports next-generation DVD formats No. Can play HD DVD movies with optional add-on. Yes. Blu-Ray drive included with console. No
Includes integrated TV show and movie download service Yes, with both HD and standard definition content. No No


Feature Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 Wii
Number of supported controllers 4 wireless (plus 3 wired controllers via USB), controllers will work with Windows PCs as well. Controllers feature removable AA batteries and can be replaced with removable rechargeable battery packs. 7 wireless and/or wired controllers total. PS3 controller does not feature a removable battery. 4 wireless Remote Controllers. Also supports Nunchuk add-on controller (attaches to Remote Controller and for many Wii games) Wii Classic Controller (also attaches to remote controller; for older, downloadable games), and up to four legacy GameCube controllers.
Rumble functionality Yes No Yes
Motion sensor functionality No Yes Yes
USB keyboard support Yes Yes Yes


Feature Xbox 360 PlayStation 3 Wii
Compatible with previous generation games Over 300 original Xbox titles are currently compatible. Both models offer compatibility with PS1 games. PS3 40 GB offers no compatibility with PS2 games. PS3 80 GB offers only partial compatibility with PS2 titles. Plays all GameCube game titles (but doesn’t include GameCube controller or memory card); Nintendo offers some downloadable versions of Nintendo NES, SNES, and N64 titles, as well as NEC TurboGrafix-16 and Sega Genseis titles, for $5 to $10 each via online service.
Improves legacy game experience Yes. Original Xbox games are upscaled to HDTV resolutions and some games (like Halo 2) are graphically improved. Yes. Original PlayStation and PS2 games are upscaled to full 1080p quality. Downloadable N64 games offer enhanced graphics quality.
Integration with portable game systems No Yes. PS3 can integrate with PSP devices using Remote Play feature. Yes. Wii can integrate with Nintendo DS devices.
Can play against PC-based gamers Yes, however, only one game, Shadowrun, currently offers this functionality. No, however, one game, Unreal Tournament 3, will add this feature in the future. No
Integration with PC-based instant messaging systems Yes, with Windows Live Messenger. No No

So as you can see here- The weakest console was actually a prime one that many choose not for it’s inside, but for the way you play. Wii won in the most unusual way possible until this year where the popularity died down, thus prompting Nintendo to push out an immediate replacement.

So as you can see that the specs of the Wii U are pretty much 4x more powerful than the current gen, it can hold up for a bit before the others come to market.