New Wii U features outed in Nintendo patent
The patent, spotted by a NeoGaf
user, reveals that the controller will have a magnetometer, IR port, speaker, microphone, built in flash memory and a rechargeable battery. The patent can be seen in its annotated form below.
Most of these features require little in the way of an explanation, but the magnetometer - similar to what is used in PS Move controllers - is reported to be used for calibration.
Nintendo has revealed that the Wii U controller is designed for the same room as the TV
, banishing any hopes of playing in bed or out in the garden.
The Wii U is due for release in 2012.