By default, the Wii U shuts down if you leave it unattended for a certain amount of time. This feature is called the ‘automatic shutoff’ and can be configured for your preference. If you accidentally leave your Wii U powered on while you’re asleep, if the feature is set, the console will shut down on its own, which will save electricity. However, if you don’t want this nifty feature to initiate, you can turn it off completely.

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  1. That’s a nice feature, though I will be turning it off. I regularly leave my consoles running if I have to leave but I am a while from a save point.

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  2. That’s a good feature. I remember I forgot to turn off my Wii one night.
    And if you don’t want that, you just change the settings. Everybody wins !

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      • the wiiconnect24 was basically the wii being in idle state however.. it was no sleep state..
        the wii still used about 9-10 watts in that state which is way more than a sleep state would consume (about 0.5-2 watts)
        however in sleep state only the volatile ram is being powered (to preserve data) any kind of background activity would be impossible in that state
        background activity requires more power

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  3. I might turn this off at certain times,but it is still great to have. Sometimes , I leave my systems on for a long time which really uses my battery.

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  4. I want to know if it has a sleep download feature, and if download counts as being inactive. Pain in the ass having to leave my ps3 on when i download something, often when i go to bed, and it just stays on once its downloaded.

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    • That’s why I put my time limit on 5 hour since that should be more than enough for a download, plus my brother leave it on often when watching Netflix. I think you can set it to turn on for updates if you have play station plus.

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  5. with the wii that wasn’t much of an issue since it used ~10 watts in idle
    i’m sure this will be useful though
    i hope it stores the session in RAM however and remains in a sort of sleep mode so you can pick up where you left off

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    • my bad it used about 16-17 watts in idle
      still not much compared to a PC (~100-120w) or an xbox360 (~90w on newer models.. about twice as much on the original model) that are left in idle

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  6. hi there justin link eddy buy a 100 watt or 150 watt solar pannel soo you have a solar powered wii u or buy a 400 watt wind generator for $388 wind power wii u zero emissions we use hydro eletric generator at 100 kw in our town

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  7. I dont understand this feature for hardcore gamers. Me, I have the complete oposite feature. If I lose electicity for 2-3 hours, my TV and Wii U will continue to play because of the battery pack I got. But no online of course.. so If I was playing Black ops 2 online .. im fucked.

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  8. god knows why nintendo would opt to put this feature [on] by default but its a not a big deal. just switch the settings, and be glad your able to do it :l

    all im saying is that stores are selling WiiU’s for $500 here in chicago. BASIC WiiU for 500.

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