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Rumour: Wii U Specs Slightly More Powerful Than Xbox 360?

Jonathan Lester
Nintendo, Rumour, Wii U

Rumour: Wii U Specs Slightly More Powerful Than Xbox 360?
Nintendo are playing their Wii U specs incredibly close to their chest, which is starting to make many of us a little concerned about whether they're still unable to find a balance between power and crucial affordability. However, Wii U Daily claims to have heard from a developer engaged in porting a PS3 title to Nintendo's console - and who was willing to out the specifications. These specs place it as being slightly more powerful than an Xbox 360.

  • Quad Core, 3 GHz PowerPC-based 45nm CPU
  • 768 MB of DRAM “embedded” with the CPU, and shared between CPU and GPU
  • Unknown, 40nm ATI-based GPU

I shouldn't have to tell you that this is a big fat rumour that could well turn out to be erroneous... not least because many developers claim that Ninty still hasn't finalised the hardware architecture. The data is apparently based on a March build so it will probably be difficult to prove/debunk either way.

What do you want from the Wii U? Power? Or an attractive price? If these specs are accurate, we'd probably like just a tad more RAM...

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russ  Dec. 3, 2011 at 15:03

There's no way in a MILLION years Nintendo would put a 3Ghz quad core in one of their machines. You could bet your house the spec will be hideously underpowered and low res like every other product Nintendo has ever released. Their business model is different to Microsoft and Sony, they sell at a profit from the start rather than taking a hit on the hardware, so expect a 75Mhz CPU and 8Mb ram... much like my old Packard Bell from 1994!

phil16  Dec. 5, 2011 at 10:25

@Russ - A 3Ghz Quad core cpu is pretty cheap nowadays. The specs on the PS3/Xbox are now so old the equivalent tech is now dirt cheap. Heck I could build a similar spec PC for <£400 so you can bet Nintendo could do it for half that!

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