Wii U sensor bar
The Wii U sensor bar is a bundled Wii U accessory that helps determine where the Wii U GamePad and Wiimotes are pointing, both in terms of side to side movement and position, but also in depth movement. The Wii U sensor bar is the same design that’s used in the Wii, and operates the same way. The sensor bar is 20 CM long (or 8 inches) and features 5 infrared LED lights on each side, which help the console to determine the relative position of the controller. The sensor bar can be placed above or below the television, and should always be placed in the center relative to the TV. The infrared LED lights used by the bar cannot be seen by the naked eye, but certain cameras and other devices can see and potentially disrupt the function of the sensor bar.

Wii U sensor bar features

The Wii U sensor bar uses the same technology and design as the previous version, and even uses the same cable and plug. It’s rumored that even the old sensor bar is compatible with the Wii U console. The sensor bar works both with the Wii U tablet controller, regular Wiimotes and possible future Wii U accessories. The sensor bar enables players to accurately use the controller withing 5 Meters, or 15 feet of the television. The Wii U sensor bar can support up to 5 devices at the same time, which breaks down to one Wii U controller and 4 Wiimotes.

Third party device makers like Mad Catz and Nyko are expected to release their own versions of the Wii U sensor bar, including wireless and battery powered ones as well. Older sensor bars and sensor hardware made for the original Wii console are rumored to be compatible with the Wii U. While the sensor bar is included with the console, it’s not necessarily required by all games. Some Wii U games do not utilize the motion controls, and instead rely in the tablet screen or the controller’s gyro features for movement.

  • LyingTuna

    I am keeping my Wii in my living room, so I shall stack the sensor bars. Perhaps they can sit under my kinect. Three sensor bars…

  • Hiba

    hopefully this comment doesn’t aepapr multiple times (it seems to freeze once i try to post my comment.. not sure if it’s actually posting), but all I truly wanted to say was great post and thanks for sharing.

  • TAWOG carrie

    WIIU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! launches nov,18th!!!!!!!!!!!! 68 days? WOW! :3

  • xxxvladxxx

    Its going to be a cool system, I’m really excited to get one. When I first saw zombi u, that’s when I knew I had to get one, the next day I pre orderd one. The controller seems pretty cool with all of the cool stuff that can be done with the game, zombi u was a good example. Mass effect 3, even though I had it on Xbox, didn’t finish it, but I’ll probably get it for wii u. They also demod some cool stuff with the controller for the game.

  • sergiosms

    Can the Wii sensor bar work on the Wii U

  • Do you get a sensor bar with the wii u