VGleaks recently posted exclusive photos of the first development kit for Wii U. The codename of the Wii U dev kits is CAT-DEV, which seemingly stands for “Cafe Tool for Development.” The first picture is a photo of the CAT-DEV’s front, which apparently lacks any type of physical media. The second picture is a photo of the CAT-DEV’s back, which has the same outputs as the original Wii plus an HDMI output and the Wii Classic Controller port.
That’s alot of screws
It puts a whole new spin on the phrase “screw you”.
Indeed it does, but I think it’ll get even better from here, and I see what you did there. ;P
Lol i know lol.
Sexier than Virtual Boy.
It looks like a toaster
I didn’t know sideways toasters existed. All I know about the world is a lie!
The Cake is a lie
It looks like a toaster.
Why the VGA port?
Probably to connect to the computer monitor that you’re coding at. I could be wrong, though.
it’s not a vga port, it’s a serial adapter for a controller
judging by the number of pins holes it can be a VGA Controller (and i’m not talking about the Wii U controller or any Wii peripheral)
because DVI is too mainstream XD
it has a hdmi port
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So is this the thing that was said to be “300 – 500% more powerful than PS3”?
Technology moves along FAST!
300-500% seems a bit too much of an exaggeration even for microsoft’s and sony’s future console don’t you think?
To me that looks like a gaming console from the 80s or 90s.
Looks like a makeshift Alienware product.
I find it more… appealing than the finished product…
You must like boxes and sharp edges.
My first phrase “WTF is that, a radio!?!”
how they play games off it?
Magic. Magic everywhere.
XD silly question indeed. What are you missing, unanonymous Anonymous?
The Nintendo Blackbox.
I actually like this design, no thief who breaks into your hous would want to steal that!
Do you think about the steal success rate when you buy your consoles? Oh boy.
A lot of people are commenting on how ugly it is.
Of course, it’s ugly. It’s a developer’s kit. It’s used so that game companies can test their games on it.
nobody’s saying or even complaining that it’s ugly. they’re just saying what pops into their minds when they see a big black box with screws…
its only the main unit without plastic cover
Nooo its a prototype…. a early developed version refer 2 title….
It definitely looks like a World War II military radio…
Or maybe a humongous PSU lol
It’s kinda an amusing codename…
I was wondering where the whole “project cafe” codename came from. Now I know.
Can we toast bread on it?
I like it, it looks serious. :>
This photo marks the beginning of true domination and the end of sony and microsoft. go Nintendo!
i am not 100% sure about that
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The “CAT-DEV” denomination was present in the leaked spec sheet, which leads me to think that those specs are the real deal. If so, that’s seriously disappointing, seeing as the Wii U will sport a tri-core CPU with only 1.5GB of RAM and an AMD GPU equivalent to the HD 4XXX series.
If these specs are correct, the console will only be mildly superior to the 6-7 year old consoles that are currently on the market. It’s not powerful enough to even be considered a stepping stone between generations.
I know graphics never mattered to Nintendo, but I was expecting a little bit more in terms of hardware. Needless to say, I won’t be paying more than $250-$300 for the Wii U.
It says that image is the FIRST dev kit, meaning that this is the older dev kit and not the newer one. We’ll have to wait until Nintendo gives an official announcement on the specs
Actually, if you average out all those specs, the Wii U is roughly 3x more powerful than the HD twins. You know how advanced 1.5 GB RAM and an AMD Radeon HD r700 is compared to the current gen consoles. Besides, that tri-core CPU will be ATLEAST 4 GHz, trust me on that. Anyway, overall, 3x is pretty decent.
I’d say that the CPU will run at 3.2GHz. It’ll probably use a more advanced architecture than the one on the Xbox 360, but it won’t be running at 4GHz. PowerPC CPUs aren’t known for being able to run at low temperatures and the Wii U is a pretty tiny system.
The GPU, according to the spec list, is based off of the R700 series. The Xbox 360’s GPU is equivalent to a R600 series. So, it’s only a minor bump. It’s more powerful and it has a few extra features, but it’s not worlds apart as you’d expect from a console that’s 7 years younger than the competition.
The RAM is the big bump. 1.5GB is pretty good, especially compared to the 512MB of the current generation. However, we have no idea how that RAM is divided between the GPU and the rest of the system.
If these are the real specs, I expect the Wii U will have games that look as good as the latest PS3 and 360 games, but running at slightly higher resolutions and/or framerates.
That’s not necessarily bad, but it’s not what I was expecting from a console that’s being released in 2012.
I was hoping it’d be a stepping stone between generations. Something in the middle of a PS3 and a PS4, in terms of performance. That doesn’t seem to be the case, though. And, as such, we can almost rule out Unreal Engine 4 support at this point.
I’ll still be getting one, though. I love Nintendo games.
Looks like something out of 1960’s Sci fi movie XD
Looks like a CPU of some sort.
it looks like an alien machine that came out of the dead and turn people into zombies, flying at the speed of sound, shooting lazer beams going ‘moo moo moo” and eats your brain out.
I’ll take one
Looks like the game console equivalent of Fatima Whitbread.
I guess if a thief came into your home and you had that, they at least wouldn’t steal it as they’d look at it and be like, “WTF?”
From humble beginnings…
La Wii U cuando era bebe