Wii U not as powerful as Xbox 360, PS3, claim developers

by Gaetano Prestia Featured 20 Comments 11 Votes 926 Views 03/04/2012 Back to News

Wii U is not as powerful as current-gen hardware, according to a number of developers "familiar with the industry".

Games Industry reports that, while Nintendo's next console can generate full HD graphics, it won't be able to achieve the graphical prowess of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

"The graphics are just not as powerful," one source said anonymously.

Another developer said "there aren't as many shaders" although "some things are better".

However, the console can't quite reach the graphical heights of current hardware.

Referring to the similarities between developing for the PS3-PlayStation Vita combo and Wii U and its tablet controller, one source said: "You can do everything with that combo that you can with the Wii U, and more."

Gamers are expecting to learn more about Wii U at E3 in June ahead of the console's release in late-2012.

Source: Games Industry

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[Facepalm]
Who could have seen this coming? As long as it just skims under it should be fine. Nintendo isn't about graphics, it's about games.
There are so many mixed reports on the Wii U specs. Who knows what to believe?
I don't really think this is an issue though. It hasn't turned me off either way. But, if the next Xbox, PS blow us away graphically, more than we expect, where will that leave Wii U?

inb4Foetoid :P
I'm thinking the people saying it's weak are using older dev kits or something, or they're just trolling.
There has to be some reason for the massive difference in comments between developers.

1wiierdguy said: There are so many mixed reports on the Wii U specs. Who knows what to believe?


I agree with this. Some say it's more powerful, others say no it's not and blah blah blah.
Interesting. First we heard it's double or triple as powerful, then a little more, then about equal and now not as powerful.

At this rate it'll be on par with the N64 at release [MOG]

Ben said:
At this rate it'll be on par with the N64 at release


I'd still buy it [Derp]
He's not saying that the hardware isn't powerful, it's just that it uses crapyshaders and renderers or something like that.
It'd be like using DirectX 9 with a brand new card on a PC.
Too many stupid rumors I'll wait until I see an official spec sheet before I make judgement.
Going off the Wii, the Wii U will be as powerful as the 360 and PS3 or thereabouts. Either way, if Sony and MS announce a new console and release specs, it could seriously dent Nintendo. I'm sure many people learnt that Ninty aren't what they used to be with the Wii.
good for the psvita then i guess. People saying it will fail even if the developers prefer it? :P
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Dusty Lids said: good for the psvita then i guess. People saying it will fail even if the developers prefer it?


What does the Vita have to do with anything?

Dusty Lids said: good for the psvita then i guess. People saying it will fail even if the developers prefer it?



Developers prefer Vita? Since when? Lol/fail

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I don't care I'll still buy one I mean I'm a Mario fan geeeez :P
These new stories ars such rubbish. Ok consider what we have seen with our own eyes cough cough legend of zelda hd. And then two weeks ago what wiii hated said his unreal team can make games look even better then that. And note when mark rein said these things he didnt come out as anonymous he showed his face mare sure ppl knew it was him so ide rather not listen this rubbish claims. And reggie himself said it can handle two tabs at once so. These developers must have old def kits fools lol

Foetoid said:

Dusty Lids said: good for the psvita then i guess. People saying it will fail even if the developers prefer it?


Developers prefer Vita? Since when? Lol/fail
venturebeat.com/...



only the lazy developers who want to go backwards.

MHunter said: These new stories ars such rubbish. Ok consider what we have seen with our own eyes cough cough legend of zelda hd. And then two weeks ago what wiii hated said his unreal team can make games look even better then that. And note when mark rein said these things he didnt come out as anonymous he showed his face mare sure ppl knew it was him so ide rather not listen this rubbish claims. And reggie himself said it can handle two tabs at once so. These developers must have old def kits fools lol


lolol

Is there any type of priority in dealing out updated dev kits?
I'm still waiting for E3, I don't know what to believe anymore -_-
It's either super high graphics or Gamecube graphics godammit! =_=
Full HD isn't as powerful as half HD?? [Facepalm]
How about these anonymous developers reveal themselves and tell us if they even have a dev kit [Shifty].

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