First, the Wii U will have 1GB of RAM for game access and another 1GB of RAM for the operating system. Compare that to the 512MB of RAM for both the Xbox 360 and the PS3. As before, Nintendo is using proprietary discs for its coming console, but these new discs are 25GB. That should be plenty of space.
The cool thing is that these discs are being read at a blazing speed of 22MB/s. Compare that to the 15.85MB/s with the Xbox 360 DVDs and 9MB/s on the PS3 Blu-rays. This means load times should be pretty snappy, which is totally in line with the “easy to play” Nintendo model.
I had the opportunity to try out the Wii U at PAX Prime 2012 in Seattle. I have to admit that it’s pretty fun and that Wii U controller is lighter than I thought. I fear, though, that it’ll suffer the same diminishing novelty effect as the current Wii and it’ll definitely get outclassed from a technical standpoint whenever the Xbox 720 and PS4 come to market.