Report: Wii U is 50 percent more powerful than PS3

The Wii U game console is expected to be much more powerful, at least in terms of its tech insides, than Nintendo's current Wii console. Nintendo didn't give much info about the inside of the Wii U at last week's E3 2011 event but that doesn't mean analyst cant speculate. However, Industry Gamers reports that at least one analyst believes the Wii U is much more powerful than even the Playstation 3 or Xbox 360.

Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia states without naming specific sources that, "Some of the developers we spoke to indicated to us that the console will have 50 (percent) more processing power compared to the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. This is yet to be confirmed by Nintendo." Nintendo did confirm last week that the Wii U, which also uses a controller with a built in touch screen, will have a PowerPC based processor from IBM and a graphics chip provided by AMD. However, in showing off third party games that will be coming to the Wii U, the company showed videos of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of those games

Not everyone is convinced that the Wii U console will be that much of an improvement compared to what has been released before. Industry Gamers has another story with quotes from another analyst, Wedbush's Michael Pachter. He states, "We think that Wii U is arriving two years late, given that the other HD consoles already have peripherals for movement." If the Wii U isn't much of a improvement in terms of hardware power, Pachter states, " ... we believe Nintendo has conceded a tremendous first mover advantage to Microsoft and Sony, which launched Kinect and Move control schemes, respectively, in late 2010."

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this will be the biggest fail. wasnt there a report that said most people who bought the wii only bought it for and only played wii sports, then left it to collect dust? who's gonna buy this? ports will not look better as developers would not waste their time making a port better for an unproven console that will just be released, compared to the more mature ps3 and x360.

Being more powerful is pretty much needed as once Sony and Microsoft introduce their next-gen offerings Nintendo would be left behind yet again if they only aimed to match current-gen consoles.

Ok it has already been siad the Wii U is running the latest generation of the IBM CPUs the Power 7 compared to the one in the 360 witch is a custom Power 5 chip so we are talking a 5 year gap in processor technology so that itself makes a huge differences

Is it just me, or does it seem like Nintendo is running out of names for their gaming systems? Nintendo was pretty okay, so was Super Nintendo. I wasn't too picky on Nintendo 64, because that was kind of a cool name. Gamecube was really cool too, then came the Wii, now we have Wii U...

Seriously, even to this date when I hear someone say "I'm going to go play with my Wii", the first thing that comes into mind is they're going to go beat off.

The article title should read "Report: Wii U is 50 percent more powerful than 2005 technology"

Or

Report: Wii U is 50 percent more powerful than 7 year old technology (by the time it comes out)"

Wait... The Wii U will be more powerful than the other consoles which are 6 years old by now? What a shocker!

Welcome to the current generation Nintendo, took you a while but better late than never i guess.

Well, I think if Nintendo says they're entering the "next generation", the console have to be more powerful than what we have on the market right now. But I got disapointed with Nintendo since they didn't show anything real to show some of the power of the new console. Using PS3 games as it was from the Wii U was completely FAIL, made everyone think that they're not entering the next generation, but actually comming to this generation and, as we could see even here in Neowin, made the Nintendo stocks to lose some value... They started with the left foot in the "next generation", and I think that Nintendo have to show us something really awesome to change our minds. For now, I don't think this new console will be much more powerful than this generation's consoles.

As long as it's backwards compatible with using the Wii's motion controls and games (and GameCube games too), I think it will score big when it debuts. I'm disappointed in Sony's lack of support for PS2 titles on the PS3... it's the only reason I keep my PS2 around these days. Classics are hard to give up.

Noveed said,
More powerful than the Cell? It might be outdated so to speak but it still packs a punch

It is out dated, not really so to speak... it honestly is.. so is the CPU/GPU in the 360 and the orig Wii console.. you are talking about consoles that are 5-6 years old at least..

xendrome said,

It is out dated, not really so to speak... it honestly is.. so is the CPU/GPU in the 360 and the orig Wii console.. you are talking about consoles that are 5-6 years old at least..

Mehhh, I highly doubt the Wii U can run anything as graphically beautiful as Uncharted 3.

andrewbares said,

Mehhh, I highly doubt the Wii U can run anything as graphically beautiful as Uncharted 3.

Uncharted 3 is graphically beautiful because of the textures. The pollycount is actually not that high. Texture rendering is heavily CPU/Memory intensive--which is what the Cell inside PS3 excels at. What I've seen of the WiiU tells me that it's processor can handle higher polly counts then the 360 and ps3, and has the CPU to backup the texture limitations that the 360 faces.

1) How is this news?
2) "omg the next generation WILL be more powerful than this one?!?!!"

/shocked..
/sarcasm

Of course it will be more powerful than the PS3 and Xbox 360, and when Microsoft and Sony come out with their next gen hardware my bets are on them being more than 50% more powerful than the WiiU. 50% more more powerful over a previous generation seems low?!

Wii U, more powerful than a PS3 ?? Nothing is better than a PS3, not even the XBox 360
I highly doubt Nintendo can find the parts at a cheaper price since Sony was actually losing money on each PS3 they sold for the first year or two of production, but good luck with that Nintendo. Stick to making cheap affordable classic consoles and portables.

netsendjoe said,
Wii U, more powerful than a PS3 ?? Nothing is better than a PS3, not even the XBox 360
I highly doubt Nintendo can find the parts at a cheaper price since Sony was actually losing money on each PS3 they sold for the first year or two of production, but good luck with that Nintendo. Stick to making cheap affordable classic consoles and portables.

My thoughts exactly. They have to include that expensive wireless touchscreen too!

Soulsiphon said,
And the PS4(?) will crush the Wii U - nothing to see here move along.

For my money the Wii was the same generation as the Xbox and PS2. Coming out so late compared to them it was the best of them from a specs standpoint but it wasn't so far beyond them to enter into the next (current) generation.
The Wii U is the same deal. Nintendo finally has a console in the same generation as the Xbox360 and PS3 but it's years late and thus the best from a specs standpoint.
Seems to me this is going to be an epic fail but I thought the same for the Wii and it's crappy specs (compared to the PS3 and Xbox360) and boy was I proven wrong so it will be interesting to see how this plays out. I for one see nothing in the Wii U that would make me want to run out and get it. Personally I wish Nintendo would just do what Sega did and exit the hardware business and just release their excellent 1st party games on Xbox360 and/or PS3 instead.

meh, It wont be my primary console ever...Or at least thats what i beleive....Dont get me wrong, i love some of nintendos games...especially zelda...But one game cannot make me use it every day.
Currently i usually play pc, though when i do play on a console i will use my 360 because it does everything, quite literally.

Hey now. Why everybody assumes that this puts Wii U in a good light? Speculation or no, this thing being 50% better than PS3 means that Wii U is going to be but a pile of crap. Next Xbox or PS will be 500% better than their current versions, so, if out by 2013, they'll last to 2018 (assuming that no breakthrough of technology or, mind you, end of the world, occurs before that).

Consoles are usually several times more powerful then their predecessors. If the Wii U isn't even double what's already out there then I don't see why developers would target it specifically. I'm sure Nintendo will make great 1st party games that push the console but I suspect everyone else will develop their titles cross-platform (Xbox360/PS3/Wii U) which means the lowest common denominator with a few platform specific tweaks here and there so that 50% extra is likely not going to be used. It's still a good thing for Nintendo though because they're finally in that cross-platform mix, the Wii was so far behind in processing power that it was just left out most of the time.

Asmodai said,
It's still a good thing for Nintendo though because they're finally in that cross-platform mix, the Wii was so far behind in processing power that it was just left out most of the time.

That is, until the next PS and Xbox come along and are much more powerful than the Wii U, after that, cross platform games will again start to ignore the Wii U.

6 years on I would be worried if it was any less powerful than the PS3.

If you subscribe to the generalisation that computers get twice as powerful every 18 months, it's still underpowered.

Argote said,
Obviously a console to be released in 2012 will be more powerful than those released in 2005/2006

obvious, except the day after there were pages and pages of people commenting on the fact that it'd probbly be only "as good' as the current gen systems.

All that power will sure come in handy while developing metric tons of shovelware to complete the games roster besides the usual 1st party sequels. How about some new IP Nintendo? Would that be too much to ask?

Bun-Bun said,
All that power will sure come in handy while developing metric tons of shovelware to complete the games roster besides the usual 1st party sequels. How about some new IP Nintendo? Would that be too much to ask?

You will take our IP and like it! Kthxbye, Satoru Iwata

Bun-Bun said,
All that power will sure come in handy while developing metric tons of shovelware to complete the games roster besides the usual 1st party sequels. How about some new IP Nintendo? Would that be too much to ask?

They don't need to as long as all those nintendo-fans during E3 go "WOOOOOWW" doing the announcements of the yearly sequels to Mario, Zelda, Kirby and co. And everybody keeps on buying them.

Coolicer said,

They don't need to as long as all those nintendo-fans during E3 go "WOOOOOWW" doing the announcements of the yearly sequels to Mario, Zelda, Kirby and co. And everybody keeps on buying them.

They keep buying them, because, you may not like this, they actually are decent games. Its funny how people hate on them just because someones head doesnt get torn off and there isnt blood everywhere. Meh

Dr Pepper said,

They keep buying them, because, you may not like this, they actually are decent games. Its funny how people hate on them just because someones head doesnt get torn off and there isnt blood everywhere. Meh

Well, I dislike them, but my point was, as long as people are buying enough of their old IP, they don't have any reason to develop a new one.

Coolicer said,

Well, I dislike them, but my point was, as long as people are buying enough of their old IP, they don't have any reason to develop a new one.

Ahh my bad, thought you was one of those people,

The real question is how does the Wii U compare with PS Move and Kinect. Does Wii U push Nintendo ahead of the competition? I doubt it but at the same time admit that I don't know the full capabilities of the device!

How more powerful was the Xbox 360 compared to the Xbox? 50% doesn't seem that much, considering the massive boost that we had to the graphics in 7th console generation.

and i bet next xbox/ps4 would be more powerful....

i mean, their video cards arent amazing nor new at all compared with newest amd/nvidia videocards. for example xbox would support directx11 or 12. processor also would be obvisouly more powerful.

this article is so silly, since obviously new hardware is better than old one. specially when 3d and game developing is getting more and more advanced. it doesn't mean better games than before, but it means, they look better in so many ways.

EmilyTheStrange said,

i mean, their video cards arent amazing nor new at all compared with newest amd/nvidia videocards. for example xbox would support directx11 or 12.

Too bad DirectX 12 does not exist.

Please research before flapping them gums again.

i hate analyst guesses, not even worth posting as an article, speculation is worth nothing more than a forum post for people to discuss.

DukeEsquire said,
It has more processing power because it has to beam an image to the TV as well as beam an image to the controller.

I'm sure they use a smarter implementation than 'beaming an image to the tv as well as the controller'

sounds like an oversimplification.

dotf said,

I'm sure they use a smarter implementation than 'beaming an image to the tv as well as the controller'

sounds like an oversimplification.

Well, it would seem that having a seperate processor on each of the controllers would mean that the whole package won't be cheap. (Especially with the touchscreen... AND the screen)
So its a good guess that they just stream the images to the controller.

Oh and processing power doesn't mean squat if it's GPU is whimpy (likely, because they need to even out the costs with the controllers and the presumably powerful cpu).
(I'm looking at you PS3, CPU isn't meant to offload the GPU, the GPU is meant to offload the CPU... that's why they've invented that thing)

dotf said,

I'm sure they use a smarter implementation than 'beaming an image to the tv as well as the controller'

sounds like an oversimplification.

How else would you do it? You need some kind of video out to the TV and then you need a video out to the controller.

I'm not aware of any other physical way to do it.

DukeEsquire said,
It has more processing power because it has to beam an image to the TV as well as beam an image to the controller.

I suspect they'll just use an HDMI cable to the TV, since that darned beaming technology the aliens taught us at Roswell is still prohibitively expensive.

Dr Pepper said,

You mean a royal douche, yes?

Yeah, I guess if you're not killing hookers and mowing down innocent NPCs, you're playing archaic stuff.

Doesn't really matter, the games will be ports from the 360/PS3 and have textures targeted at resolutions of 720p. The only thing it might benefit from is higher FPS and better resolutions.......Welcome to PC Gaming

Toytown said,
Doesn't really matter, the games will be ports from the 360/PS3 and have textures targeted at resolutions of 720p. The only thing it might benefit from is higher FPS and better resolutions.......Welcome to PC Gaming

I think what they're doing is good and adds a better level of competition on all levels for the 3 consoles. At the end of the day, the Wii just didn't cut it for hardcore gamers and this should. It looks pretty interesting and would consider it if it can do the same or more than the other consoles.

Toytown said,
Doesn't really matter, the games will be ports from the 360/PS3 and have textures targeted at resolutions of 720p. The only thing it might benefit from is higher FPS and better resolutions.......Welcome to PC Gaming

It can do 1080.

dogmai79 said,

I would think that's why it says "Report:" at the beginning of the title.

still a fail. i can make something up or speculate on something to just to make a news story out of it.

Lamp0 said,
when will people realise how sad the over use of words such as "fail" or "epic" are.

you've clearly failed to recognize how epic these two words can be

rajputwarrior said,

you've clearly failed to recognize how epic these two words can be


...& you've just done it again. xD (Or is that the point?)

MASTER260 said,

...& you've just done it again. xD (Or is that the point?)

That was an epic fail of a statement and question.