RSS Feeds NGN on Facebook NGN on Twitter NGN on YouTube
Welcome, Guest. Login | Register | PW? ]
Header logo

Rumour claims Wii U not as strong as PS3, 360

Developers say that new console is not as powerful as current HD offerings

Posted on
Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console may not compare up to the graphics power of the Xbox 360 or the PS3, according to developers speaking to GamesIndustry.

"No, it's not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360," said one developer who's been working with the Wii U. Another developer at a major company confirmed this point of view: "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."

Nintendo is also hampered in some ways by the tablet controller. The tablet controller, with its color LCD touchscreen, is not going to be an inexpensive component. This would tend to push the price of the Wii U (which consists of a Wii U console plus a single tablet controller, according to sources) higher; keeping the retail price of the whole package low means cutting back on the capability of the GPU, CPU, RAM and other components in order to keep the price at the desired level.

Nintendo seems at this point to be making the tablet controller, not horsepower, the key selling point of the Wii U. According to sources, there are some issues with the tablet controller. "The whole thing about the tablet controller is that you only get one of them, and you can only use one and it's not completely independent," noted the source. "The base console has to be on, and you have to be in range. Other controllers are just Wiimotes, or other Wii controllers. They may change the form factor or looks a bit, but it's the same controller."

Some developers are looking at the PS3/PS Vita combo as being more powerful than the Wii U with tablet controller, and easier to program, too. "You can do everything with that combo that you can with the Wii U, and more," said the source.

Full details about the Wii U are expected to be revealed during this year's E3 2012 in June, when Nintendo will announce complete hardware specifications, pricing, and features.
Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Online
There are currently 0 members and 44 guests on the website right now.
Who's On?
Activity in the past 10 minutes:
  • 44 guests
News of the Quarter
Nintendo Switch to launch on March 3
New console gets a release date, price, and launch game lineup

Posted 7 days ago
Nintendo Switch console announced
New portable console will have swappable parts
92 days ago
Stardew Valley console release dates announced
Wii U version cancelled, coming to Nintendo Switch instead
52 days ago
Just Dance 2017 released
Annual dance game is out now for all platforms
87 days ago
Latest Comments
Game of the Year Awards 2016
Jan 19, 2017 by Michael Makinson
such a great game!
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 open beta coming to PC
Jan 18, 2017 by Griff
sad it's PC only. and is there enough time before launch...
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia Review
Jan 16, 2017 by franubisfur
Finally, a review I agree with, I also found China to be...
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Story...
Jan 16, 2017 by Som
the Wii U/switch version looks the same? i hope so
Game of the Year Awards 2016
Jan 12, 2017 by Nicolas Dupré
Grim Dawn, The best or nothing ! 1039 Hours atm and i...
New Game Network NGN Facebook NGN Twitter NGN Youtube NGN RSS