Rumor: Wii U less powerful than Xbox 360 and PS3?

The Wii U was first announced at E3 in June 2011. However, Nintendo has been keeping quiet about the exact hardware specs inside their next generation game console. Now a new report from Gamesindustry International claims that the graphical capabilities of the Wii U might not even reach those of the current generation of game consoles from Microsoft and Sony.

The report quotes two unnamed game developers who have been working on titles that will be released for the Wii U. One of them is quoted as saying, "No, it's not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360. The graphics are just not as powerful." The other developer had similar views, saying:

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.

The big change in terms of the Wii U's hardware, in comparison to the current Wii console, is the tablet controller which has a large LCD screen in the center. There's speculation that Nintendo, in order to keep the cost of the Wii U as low as possible, has decided to limit the console's hardware specs so that the price can also support the tablet controller.

However, the unnamed game developers on the Wii U point out the limitations of the tablet controller. One of them states, "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."

Nintendo is expected to reveal much more information about the Wii U at E3 2012 in June. The console is expected to be released sometime in late 2012.

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This goes directly against what the Darksider 2 developers have said - and their statements AREN'T unsubstantiated rumors either, unlike these.

One of them states, "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."

Has been known since the machine was first announced - whatever source they got wasn't telling them anything new, and probably has never seen a WiiU either

Edited by ~Johnny, Apr 3 2012, 10:04pm :

I thought that the retail unit would allow two controllers but that they just hadn't included this functionality in time for the demo.

BumbleBritches57 said,
Quality is directly related to power.

And yet, you can still excel with remarkable quality even if you don't have power. Just ask Nintendo's first party titles

MrXXIV said,

That pretty much counts as the same thing.


When it comes to consoles, a console's quality also depends on the games for it. You can have the best graphics in the world, but what's the point if the games aren't fun? You might as well buy a PC...

~Johnny said,

And yet, you can still excel with remarkable quality even if you don't have power. Just ask Nintendo's first party titles

Agreed, but put those first party titles on a 360, PC or PS3 with amped up graphics and the game is not only fantastic but is even more visually engaging.

Chica Ami said,
Wii U is just a updated version of Wii. =D

The only thing that is different from Wii is the controller. Everything else is the same.

We really need some kind of universal Internet sarcasm tag

Daniel_Pooh said,
Who cares as long as it has Mario?

exactly, id only buy a wii for those amazing games I grew up with. Mario, Zelda, Super smash bros, Mario party.

Thats the only reason. Its not *enough* of a reason though. If I had to choose between 3 consoles at the same time in 2013, I would choose the new xbox. Hands down.

Gotenks98 said,
Wii Pad is epic phail out of the box just like psp go and vita. Sigh...I had high hopes for this console.

Chill, dude, it's just a rumor by some people look like their talking out of their a**.

Either way I just don't see Wii U catching on to the same extent as Wii. The novelty of the controller has worn off and Grandma and Grandpa won't be buying another console.

I see it the same way. On top of this, the old Wii was good at the casual multiplayer gaming.
The Wii U has this tablet controller, and only one. No multiplayer. I think it might have a hard time to establish itself.
But then, the same prognoses were given for the old Wii before it got released.
(I think Paul Thurott still falls to the floor, kicking with his feet and yelling "The Wii is a failure" if the topic comes up)

[quote=dodgetigger said,]I see it the same way. On top of this, the old Wii was good at the casual multiplayer gaming.
The Wii U has this tablet controller, and only one. No multiplayer. I think it might have a hard time to establish itself.
quote]

The WiiU is designed to use the standard Wii Remote Plus & Nunchuck combo, and classic controller alongside this new tablet style thing. You can have upto 5 person multiplayer on one console.

i call BS...they've already said they'll allow more than one of the "tablet" controllers at once...so if that part of the article is wrong why am i going to buy the other part?

dotf said,
Time for Nintendo to follow Sega's lead.

they aren't even close to dead. I also wouldn't call their last console a flop.

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