@PogueSquadron I would think they show what the Wii U can do and maybe Nintendo Network PreE3. Maybe a hint of whats to come on Tuesday. Tuesday showcases software and hardware / Nintendo Network details.
We certainly won't get specs, although I wish they would, it doesn't really serve any purpose to keep them secret it just frustrates people and everyone finds out eventually. I suppose they'll detail the controller and show off some of the dual-screen functionality, plus talk about the GUI, the online, and other features like NFR, probably a few surprises too. I really doubt we'll get release date and price unless it's coming very soon, like August or September, which I could see them doing just to get out in front for the Holidays.
The trouble with the specs is that they could lay everything out there and it would still cause confusion and misunderstandings if they're using custom versions of familiar chips. What difference do the customisations make in actual games? How do you compare this system and it's bottlenecks, or hopefully its lack of them, to existing and future hardware?
What's the advantage of talking specs? All we really want to hear is something along the lines of "The Wii U is X times faster than any current console", and have someone smarter than us look at the tech, run a host of benchmarks, and give us a thumbs up. And even then people will say "X is too small!" or "The PS4 will be 10 times X!". And then we're all talking algebra instead of GAMES.
@Anand I don't see why it will be a war, gamers will argue about specs either way, if they announce the specs I'd imagine that would nip a lot of the arguing in the bud, if they don't people will be arguing about how powerful it will be until IGN or someone finally leaks the actual numbers.
@Infinitywave The kinds of gamers who care about specs are pretty tech-savvy, they realize that the numbers just give you a ballpark of what the machine is capable of and is not 100% indicative of real world performance. I agree saying "X is 10X more powerful than Y" is silly, but giving actual numbers means a lot.
But the point is pretty moot, they're never going to release the numbers it's not their style, and there is still a lot of hardware stuff to discuss.
The date and price of the Wii weren't revealed until like 2 months before it launched, so I don't expect that stuff any time soon. I'm hoping for more details about the online features, and maybe something on storage.