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Wii U Less Powerful Than PS3 & 360, Developers Claim

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, it seems that a few developers have spoken out in anonymity about the power – or lack of – of Nintendo’s upcoming console, the Wii U.

It seems that Nintendo’s next home console just doesn’t have the grunt to compete with current generation hardware, let alone next generation hardware. “No, it’s not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360.”, said one developer who has apparently been working with the Wii U hardware. When asked what exactly that means, they replied “The graphics are just not as powerful.”

Another developer at a separate company also confirmed such a statement, saying “Yeah, that’s true. It doesn’t produce graphics as well as the PS3 or the 360,” “There aren’t as many shaders, it’s not as capable. Sure, some things are better, mostly as a result of it being a more modern design. But overall the Wii U just can’t quite keep up.”

This news obviously comes as a surprise to many consumers who would expect this next generation to be much more powerful than what is currently available, however it seems that to keep costs low on the console at retail, sacrifices have had to be made. Whilst the Wii U is still a rather powerful machine in comparison to the Wii, the addition of a rather expensive tablet controller means it’s resources are divided, leading to below expectations in terms of graphical grunt.

It also seems that because of cost the Wii U will only come with one tablet controller, and at first only support one tablet controller – potentially causing arguments if it could provide an advantage over other players. Many developers are looking now to the PS Vita and PS4 cross compatibility, and suggesting that this would be the better option for consumers. “You can do everything with that combo that you can with the Wii U, and more,” said another anonymous source.

Ultimately it seems that we’ll see what the Wii U can really do at this years E3, and see if the tablet innovation is really worth the price tag and lack of power the console could end up with. If the rumoured release date is anything to go by, they haven’t got long to win people over.

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3 Comments to “ Wii U Less Powerful Than PS3 & 360, Developers Claim ”

  • Mike April 3, 2012 at 7:55 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    What a croc of shit! I hate crap spewers like these punks when you have major developers who have already said, not to mention spoke out on early dev kits, that the Wii U is more powerful than the current gen. I hate how a more recent article can erase people’s memories of those earlier quotes. FACT, that each dev kit has become more powerful. So how can the Wii U be going backwards technologically, huh? No doubt this guy is a troll, hence his encouraging people to buy both a ps3 and Vita as an alternative that can do “everything the Wii U does”. Bah!

    • Josh Brown April 3, 2012 at 11:09 am Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

      For one thing, what possible reason would any of us here have to attempt to convert possible Wii U adopters to move onto a different platform?

      Secondly if you really paid so much attention to every peice of news about the Wii U you would remember studios saying how the dev kit hardware was always changing and how Nintendo often stated the kits were not the final specs of the machine.

      In the end it’s your decision whether to believe these stories or not, we have nothing to gain from them.

      • Vaughn.H April 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm Like or Dislike Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

        I think he was referring to the source talking to Gamesindustry.biz rather than the writer, however it is worth mentioning that they are multiple anonymous sources that confirm the state of the Wii U.
        I agree that after devs initially said that it was a powerful piece of kit, this does come as interesting news, but thats why it’s news =p
        I reckon it could be true though, as even though it might be able to churn out some impressive graphics when it isn’t delivering information across to the tablet at the same time, it seems interesting that to keep price down – as those tablets will cost a fair bit to make – they may have had to strip the inner workings of the Wii U down a bit.

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