Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, it seems that a few developers have spoken out in anonymity about the power – or lack of – of Nintendo’s upcoming console, the Wii U.
It seems that Nintendo’s next home console just doesn’t have the grunt to compete with current generation hardware, let alone next generation hardware. “No, it’s not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360.”, said one developer who has apparently been working with the Wii U hardware. When asked what exactly that means, they replied “The graphics are just not as powerful.”
Another developer at a separate company also confirmed such a statement, 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.”
This news obviously comes as a surprise to many consumers who would expect this next generation to be much more powerful than what is currently available, however it seems that to keep costs low on the console at retail, sacrifices have had to be made. Whilst the Wii U is still a rather powerful machine in comparison to the Wii, the addition of a rather expensive tablet controller means it’s resources are divided, leading to below expectations in terms of graphical grunt.
It also seems that because of cost the Wii U will only come with one tablet controller, and at first only support one tablet controller – potentially causing arguments if it could provide an advantage over other players. Many developers are looking now to the PS Vita and PS4 cross compatibility, and suggesting that this would be the better option for consumers. “You can do everything with that combo that you can with the Wii U, and more,” said another anonymous source.
Ultimately it seems that we’ll see what the Wii U can really do at this years E3, and see if the tablet innovation is really worth the price tag and lack of power the console could end up with. If the rumoured release date is anything to go by, they haven’t got long to win people over.