Rumor: Wii U less powerful than PS3/Xbox 360 – will it matter?

April 3, 2012

Rumor: Wii U less powerful than PS3/Xbox 360 – will it matter?According to the latest reports, Nintendo’s Wii U may not currently be the powerhouse console first made out to be. Initial reports put the Wii U as being twice as powerful as the Xbox 360. Apparently, this may no longer be the case due to some sacrifices made to the console.

As reported by, various developers that wished to remain anonymous, have come forward to reveal that the current version of the Wii U in their hands are not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360 in terms of graphics.

One developer stated, "No, it’s not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360. The graphics are just not as powerful."

Another developer agreed, "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."

With the expensive tablet-like controller for the Wii U the costs for manufacturing the console has gone up. Nintendo may have had to scale back on the CPU, GPU and RAM of the Wii U to include the tablet controller for a reasonable retail price.

Some developers believe that the PS3/PS Vita combo is more powerful that the Wii U with the tablet controller and easier to program for as well.

You can do everything with that combo that you can with the Wii U, and more.

This may very well be the case but the PS Vita plus the PS3 will set you back around $500, while the Wii UI may cost half of that. Graphical power may not be such as big deal for Nintendo, as the company has always focused more on innovation even during the SNES vs Sega genesis days.

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