Wii U Not As Powerful As PS3 and Xbox 360?


Despite the likes of Darksiders II and Assassin’s Creed III heading to the Wii U, reports have today emerged suggesting that Nintendo’s next console is not as powerful as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Speaking to GamesIndustry International one developer (who chose to remain anonymous) stated: “No, it’s not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360. The graphics are just not as powerful.”

Another source went a step further and added: “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.”

Some developers also expressed concerns regarding the Wii U’s tablet controller, with one source stating: “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. Other controllers are just Wiimotes, or other Wii controllers. They may change the form factor or looks a bit, but it’s the same controller.”

One source even stated that the PlayStation 3 and Vita combo has much more potential than the Wii U’s offering. “You can do everything with that combo that you can with the Wii U, and more,” stated the developer.

Whilst these comments from developers aren’t going to help the buzz behind the Wii U ahead of its proper unveiling at E3, we’re not sure if these reports are 100% correct. Some of our industry sources have stated the Wii U is just as powerful as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, even more so in some cases.

Do you guys think the Wii U needs to match or beat the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in terms of power? What are you thoughts regarding the tablet controller? Let us know via the comments section below.


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