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Poll: Wii U Hard drive (40 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you want a Hard drive?

  1. Yes (17 votes [36.17%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 36.17%

  2. No (6 votes [12.77%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 12.77%

  3. I can use an SD card/ External Hard drive./ SSD (24 votes [51.06%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 51.06%

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#21 0003mg

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 03:51 PM

I hope you ca install games on the Hard Drive like the 360 does. Or maybe come up with a security system that allows you to not need the disk, but also not let people install the game on 10 other Wii U's just by borrowing/renting it.

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 05:10 PM

I hope you ca install games on the Hard Drive like the 360 does. Or maybe come up with a security system that allows you to not need the disk, but also not let people install the game on 10 other Wii U's just by borrowing/renting it.


They could just let you download it from the Wii shop if you only need the disc once.

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 05:42 AM


They could just let you download it from the Wii shop if you only need the disc once.


Some people aint got internet comnection, plus it takes longer time to download rather than just install from a disc.

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 08:56 AM

I can wait, i dont like the idea of installing a game that i have a disc for, add onto that the fact that you still have to insert the disk to play a game THATS ALREADY TAKING UP SPACE ON THE HARD DRIVE! im fine with waiting a little longer and the flash memory will enabl faster Downloads (especially for me, having fibre optic internet)

and hard drives are loud, fragile, and can be wrecked with magnets (which are quiet common)
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Posted 30 August 2011 - 12:54 PM

I can wait, i dont like the idea of installing a game that i have a disc for, add onto that the fact that you still have to insert the disk to play a game THATS ALREADY TAKING UP SPACE ON THE HARD DRIVE! im fine with waiting a little longer and the flash memory will enabl faster Downloads (especially for me, having fibre optic internet)

and hard drives are loud, fragile, and can be wrecked with magnets (which are quiet common)

This is why I suggested SSDs. No, actually, a better idea is to get an SDXC card to USB adapter.

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 07:04 PM

you make a fine counter-point, alas i have been bested. Nintendo should think about everyone's wants for the console (like my multiple screened controllers support) and your ideas best fits that ... Good day to you Sir.
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Posted 31 August 2011 - 12:54 AM

If wii u will only have 4gb flash as rumored/mostly confirmed, they better not skip usb 3.0 support. Only 4gb will force people to use external HDDs, and thats real fun when you cant use its full capabilities.

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 04:02 AM

If wii u will only have 4gb flash as rumored/mostly confirmed, they better not skip usb 3.0 support. Only 4gb will force people to use external HDDs, and thats real fun when you cant use its full capabilities.

I thought the rumor was 16 gb of memory. But the 3.0 support is still needed.
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#29 Pong

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 03:59 PM

Nintendo will probably put USB 2.0.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 12:50 AM

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 06:04 AM

Lol I thought the rumor was 8GB. Either way it's terrible though, flash memory is so cheap that there's no excuse for Nintendo not to include more. I'll be raging just as hard as everyone else if it doesn't have significantly more memory.

Google search tells me that the price for SSD (Flash Memory) will drop to $1 per GB next year. It also tells me that the current price is $1.50 per GB... For a low quality SSD. I can't find the price for the highest quality, only a comparison to signing over your firstborn.
Now if you consider that Nintendo goes for durability when making consoles, and that they are likely going to pre-load a bunch of files onto some sort of paging file on the SSD to drastically reduce loading times, they aren't going to skimp on SSD quality.

Estimate: The assumed 16GB of Flash Memory will increase the cost of the console by $50. You guys sure you want more?
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 07:29 AM

Google search tells me that the price for SSD (Flash Memory) will drop to $1 per GB next year. It also tells me that the current price is $1.50 per GB... For a low quality SSD. I can't find the price for the highest quality, only a comparison to signing over your firstborn.
Now if you consider that Nintendo goes for durability when making consoles, and that they are likely going to pre-load a bunch of files onto some sort of paging file on the SSD to drastically reduce loading times, they aren't going to skimp on SSD quality.

Estimate: The assumed 16GB of Flash Memory will increase the cost of the console by $50. You guys sure you want more?

You have a point, Maybe Nintendo should make different models each with a different amount of memory, but something tells me it is highly unlikely.
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 08:50 PM

Allowing the Wii U to access an external hard drive would greatly lower the system's cost, so I'm for that. Of course, there should be some sort of on-board memory, but the bulk could be external and purchased at the discression of the consumer. It would be based on what kind of gamer he/she is. If you plan on getting lots of DLC and expansions, get one. but if you simply want to just play the games in their original state, don't get one...

...but that could pose a problem. I remember reading in an article somewhere that, because the systems don't have a uniform amount of HD space, 360 and PS3 developers have to be more mindful of what they make for DLC and stuff.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 08:57 PM

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...but that could pose a problem. I remember reading in an article somewhere that, because the systems don't have a uniform amount of HD space, 360 and PS3 developers have to be more mindful of what they make for DLC and stuff.

On the other hand, this could be considered a good thing... Devs can't just expect to be able to release the other half of the game over DLC anymore.
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 11:50 PM

On the other hand, this could be considered a good thing... Devs can't just expect to be able to release the other half of the game over DLC anymore.


Good point.
I suppose I'd ultimately choose affordability, with the option to expand my hard drive space, over uniformity. Besides, what if a system stock hard drive space were to suddenly run out? Erase data?
Nah. Seems like external memory makes more sense to me.

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 12:57 PM

I'd rather use an external source for storage. I think HDD's make the system take up more space, and It would probably up the price of Wii U if it included one. External HDD's, SD cards, and flash drives are all getting cheaper so I think the external way is just fine.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 06:12 PM

I'd rather that the more options available to the user, the better.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 06:17 PM

Hard drive's seems to be the best choice. One, it's very reliable. Two, you can transfer data between one hard drive, to another.
I think Nintendo should go for the hard drive this time around, if they use an SD card, I will be highly upset.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:13 PM

Hard drive's seems to be the best choice. One, it's very reliable. Two, you can transfer data between one hard drive, to another.
I think Nintendo should go for the hard drive this time around, if they use an SD card, I will be highly upset.

If they don't use an SD card, I'll be upset. Hard Drives are great, but I don't want to bring my clunky 500GB to a friends house just to use my Rune Factory save file >.>
Of course, I'm pretty sure both have been confirmed so there's not much to worry about :P
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Posted 06 October 2011 - 05:10 PM

I think they should make two models, in both $300 and $350 form. (Or $350 and $400 form, whichever.)

The $300 form will have no Hard Drive (however, you can purchase one at a later time if you should want to) and will use external memory to save.
The $350 form will have a Hard Drive (The amount of gigs is TBD) and can also use external memory to save, and you can transfer data from the Hard Drive to the external memory card.

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