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Report: Wii U "Not Up To The Same Level As The PS3 Or The 360"

Jonathan Lester
Nintendo, Rumour, Wii U

Report: Wii U "Not Up To The Same Level As The PS3 Or The 360"

"It's Not As Capable"

The Wii U is still an unknown quantity at the moment; with no-one quite sure of how powerful Nintendo's new console will turn out to be at launch. We've encountered numerous conflicting rumours about specs over the last year, but a new report from development sources seems to suggest that the Wii U's finalised hardware won't be as graphically capable as existing consoles.

Several anonymous industry and development sources confirmed this worrying state of affairs to Gamesindustry.

"No, [the Wii U] is not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360," said one developer. "The graphics are just not as powerful."

Another anonymous source reiterated the statement.

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.

If true, it appears that Nintendo are once again prioritising an attractive RRP over graphical grunt - and hoping that the new tablet controller will act as unique selling point. However, yet another source seems to think that the new peripheral may be a harder sell than Nintendo currently believe.

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. 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.

We'll learn more about the Wii U at E3 2012.

Add a comment4 comments
gunnx  Apr. 3, 2012 at 11:50

I'm not too excited about this at all. But in fairness I'm not excited about any new console. Hopefully get something at E3.

Late  Apr. 3, 2012 at 12:16

I'm trying to stay open-minded about the next gen consoles, and more specifically which one I want, but the offerings from Sony and Microsoft both currently appeal more than that from Nintendo - despite us knowing absolutely nothing about either! - and that's mainly down to the reports about the tablet controller, which is of course the main selling point.

I like to play multiplayer (on one console). But if you can only have one controller per console, and Nintendo refuse to impart details, we're left with a couple of possible scenarios:
1 - You can't play multiplayer on the console, because each person needs a tablet controller but the console can only support one. Seems unlikely, as the whole "party game" thing is a cornerstone of Nintendo's output in recent years.
2 - You can play multiplayer on the console, with one person using the tablet and the other players using a wiimote (or similar). Seems more likely, but does the player with the tablet then have an advantage? If so it's unfair and unbalanced. If not what's the point of the new controller?

There's also the cost to consider. In the current gen Nintendo were behind in tech but kept things cheap - and then fleeced you on peripherals. A wii is cheap. A wii with 4 wiimotes and 4 nunchucks is not. Are we going to get a similar scenario next generation?
If it can only support one tablet controller it's suffering the problems mentioned above.
If it can support multiple controllers but they're over £50 each it's too expensive.
If each person needs a controller plus a wiimote plus a nunchuck they're quite frankly taking the p***.

As I say, I'm trying to stay open minded - I have no brand loyalty - but Nintendo are making it bloody difficult for me to do so...

Last edited by Late, Apr. 3, 2012 at 12:18
DivideByZero  Apr. 3, 2012 at 12:18

I am quite excited about the prospect of a new console... but not the Wii U after how poor the Wii was. I could well believe it will be another pants console that markets to non-gamers, so look forward to more fitness "games" people.

hurrakan  Apr. 3, 2012 at 12:40

The only console I would consider buying at this point, is Valve's Steam box - if they ever make one.

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