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Metro: Last Light Devs Describe Wii U CPU As "Horrible, Slow"

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Jonathan Lester
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Metro: Last Light Devs Describe Wii U CPU As "Horrible, Slow"

Metro: Last Light probably won't be coming to the Wii U, after 4A Games slammed its CPU in no uncertain terms.

“The Wii U has a horrible, slow CPU,” 4A CTO Oles Shishkovtsov told NowGamer as part of a larger interview.

"We had an early look at it," continued 4A's Huw Beynon, describing a potential Metro: Last Light port. "We thought we could probably do it, but in terms of the impact we would make on the overall quality of the game – potentially to its detriment – we just figured it wasn’t worth pursuing at this time. It’s something we might return to. I really couldn’t make any promises, though.”

US reviews suggest that the Wii U's hardware isn't a huge improvement on Xbox 360 or PS3 power - and we'll bring you our own impressions closer to release.

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Late  Nov. 21, 2012 at 11:40

Why am I not surprised...

The list of problems and criticisms is quite scary.

Saw a nice summary yesterday (with source links for each issue):
Slower than expected browser benchmarks
Security issues and possible debug code left activated
Questionable choices for onboard RAM
Issues with Account Sharing between systems
Lack of quality control on 3rd party launch titles
Audio Setup problems with HDMI and certain setups
Single unique Saved game slot for all users limitation
Day Zero 5gb patch download
Shorter than expected battery life
Various issues with the interface
Various HDMI video outputs issues
WIFI Configuration Problems
Severe problems with distance limitations and gameplay
Loading time problems
Hard lock issues
Can't switch over NNIDs to a new console


Worrying. Some of the above can probably be fixed with patches, but that's a lot of teething problems. The last thing they need is for developers to say they won't bother making U versions because it'd be worse than the ps3/360 versions because the U isn't up to scratch.

Still - it seems to be selling well. Nintendo know they can easily sell any old rubbish to the uninitiated and the ignorant, so they'll happily push out a broken and woefully underpowered console and rake in the coffers.

socialjeebus  Nov. 21, 2012 at 11:55

Why am I not surprised...

The list of problems and criticisms is quite scary.

Saw a nice summary yesterday (with source links for each issue):
Slower than expected browser benchmarks
Security issues and possible debug code left activated
Questionable choices for onboard RAM
Issues with Account Sharing between systems
Lack of quality control on 3rd party launch titles
Audio Setup problems with HDMI and certain setups
Single unique Saved game slot for all users limitation
Day Zero 5gb patch download
Shorter than expected battery life
Various issues with the interface
Various HDMI video outputs issues
WIFI Configuration Problems
Severe problems with distance limitations and gameplay
Loading time problems
Hard lock issues
Can't switch over NNIDs to a new console


Worrying. Some of the above can probably be fixed with patches, but that's a lot of teething problems. The last thing they need is for developers to say they won't bother making U versions because it'd be worse than the ps3/360 versions because the U isn't up to scratch.

Still - it seems to be selling well. Nintendo know they can easily sell any old rubbish to the uninitiated and the ignorant, so they'll happily push out a broken and woefully underpowered console and rake in the coffers.


The only problem with that strategy and I completely agree with you is that, as seen with the Dreamcast (that was in between generations too - but had a potentially killer app in its internet connectivity) is that once the third party publishers dump you, the console becomes a lame duck and the tend to jump ship rapidly.

But to have other companies say that about a console at effectively day one, it seems a rather damning confirmation of what many gamers, including me, had suspected since the Wii U was announced - all fur coat and no knickers as the saying goes.

Late  Nov. 21, 2012 at 13:02

That'd be a selling point. ;D

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