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The successor to Nintendo's Wii game console, the Wii U expands upon its predecessor's penchant for natural interactivity by including a full touchscreen on its controller. In addition, this is Nintendo's first console with HD support offering resolutions up to 1080p.

Description

Microsoft unveiled a brand new Xbox 360 design at E3 2010. Created with Kinect compatibility in mind, the refreshed console includes a dedicated port for the motion accessory and does not require the use of an additional power supply as older versions do. The Xbox 360 S features built-in Wireless N networking and also expands the number of USB ports by two, bringing the total to five. Finally, the physical power and eject buttons were replaced by touch-sensitive versions. In August 2011, Microsoft announced the glossy finish would be discontinued in favor of the matte appearance first seen on the 4GB model.

The "slim" PlayStation 3 was introduced at E3 2010 alongside a refresh of the PlayStation brand that resulted in Sony shedding the oft-maligned Spiderman font. The updated hardware takes on a notably smaller form factor and trades the glossy finish of previous PS3 models for a matte appearance. With this console, Sony removed the ability to install another operating system, a decision that would also impact other revisions via software updates.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 18, 2012
  • Price at launch: $299.99

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 14, 2010
  • Price at launch: $399.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Sep. 1, 2009
  • Price at launch: $299.00
  • Codename: Cafe

Also Known As...

  • Alias: Xbox 360 Slim
  • Alias: PS3 Slim, PlayStation 3 Slim

Pricing / SKUs

  • SKU description: 250GB Matte with Kinect (released August 2011), 4GB with Kinect, 250GB Matte (released August 2011), 4GB, 250GB Glossy with Kinect (discontinued August 2011), 250GB Glossy (discontinued August 2011)
  • SKU description: 160GB, 320GB white model, 320GB, 120GB (Discontinued), 250GB (Discontinued)
  • Width: 6.8 inches
  • Depth: 10.5 inches
  • Height: 1.8 inches
  • Color: Black, White
  • Exterior surface: Glossy

Hardware

  • Width: 12.4 inches
  • Depth: 11.9 inches
  • Height: 7.4 inches
  • Weight: 10.4 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Exterior surface: Matte
  • Width: 11.42 inches
  • Depth: 11.42 inches
  • Height: 2.56 inches
  • Weight: 7.05 pounds
  • Color: Black, White
  • Exterior surface: Matte
  • CPU brand: IBM
  • CPU speed: 3 GHz
  • GPU brand: AMD
  • GPU model: Radeon
  • GPU ram: 32 MB
  • RAM: 2 GB

Performance

  • CPU brand: PowerPC
  • CPU model: Xenon
  • CPU speed: 3.2 GHz
  • CPU cores: 3
  • GPU brand: ATI
  • GPU model: Xenos
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • CPU brand: IBM
  • CPU model: Cell Broadband Engine
  • CPU speed: 3.2 GHz
  • GPU brand: Nvidia
  • GPU model: RSX Reality Synthesizer
  • GPU ram: 256 MB
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • 802.11n frequencies: 2.4GHz

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • IR: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Supported resolutions: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i

Audio / Video

  • Supported resolutions: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p
  • Audio / Video playback: DVD, CD
  • Supported video files: MPEG4, AVI, WMV, DivX, Xvid, MOV
  • Supported resolutions: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
  • 3D enabled: Yes
  • Audio / Video playback: DVD, Blu-ray, SACD, CD
  • Supported video files: MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, DivX
  • Audio / Video output: HDMI, Component, Composite, S-Video
  • Controller connection: Wireless, Wired
  • USB: 4

Ports

  • Audio / Video output: Proprietary, HDMI, Digital optical
  • Physical controller port(s): 4
  • Controller connection: Wireless, Wired
  • Wireless connection type: Proprietary
  • USB: 5
  • Ethernet: Yes
  • Audio / Video output: Proprietary, HDMI, Component, Composite, Digital optical
  • Physical controller port(s): 2
  • Controller connection: Wireless, Wired
  • Wireless connection type: Bluetooth
  • USB: 2
  • Ethernet: Yes
  • Internal storage: 32 GB, 8 GB
  • User upgradeable: Yes
  • External memory: USB mass storage, SD, SDHC

Storage

  • Internal storage: 250 GB, 4 GB
  • User upgradeable: Yes
  • External memory: Memory card, USB mass storage
  • Internal storage: 160 GB, 120 GB, 250 GB, 320 GB
  • User upgradeable: Yes
  • External memory: USB mass storage
  • Game media: Disc
  • Online multiplayer: Yes
  • Online store: Yes
  • Backwards compatibility: Wii

Software

  • Game media: Disc
  • Online multiplayer: Yes
  • Online store: Yes
  • Backwards compatibility: Xbox (partial)
  • Game media: Disc
  • Online multiplayer: Yes
  • Online store: Yes
  • Backwards compatibility: PlayStation
  • Power supply: External

Power

  • Power supply: External
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