RUMOUR: Wii U Less Powerful Than PS3/Xbox 360

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Speaking with Games Industry International (GII), two developers claim Nintendo's next-gen Wii U home console doesn't have the graphical power of this gen's HD systems.

"No, it's not up to the same level as the PS3 or the 360...The graphics are just not as powerful," said one anonymous source. Another developer GII spoke with, who they claim is with a major company, said, "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."



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This should be an interesting thread.

I won't be asking for notifications though since I estimate 100+ posts in a rather short time.

Otherwise, um, this would be absolutely hilarious if it's true. I'd still surprise me if it was true. I expect the Wii U to be slightly more powerful than current systems but not by much, almost in a Gamecube-to-Wii way, except it's Xbox 360/PS3-to-Wii U.

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It could either be "anonymous" as in "made up", someone having old dev kits or the truth...but seeing as named developers have stated that its more powerful than the PS3.

I call bullshit, who goes on about fucking shaders nowadays? Might as well talk about bump mapping.
 
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Lol,

Mario, Metroid, Zelda, etc, etc....
It is said by anonymous sources that next gen PS4 and XBOX720 will not have these characters.
Therefore probably will not be on par with current quality of games.
This comes somewhat as a surprise, as ALL current gen innovations are being copied to the next generation.
e.g. motion controls.

ALSO TREU.

Who cares about specs? It's not a goddamn PC.
 
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Why don't we all just wait for first-hand experiences with the actual early first-party games?
I know, I know. Well, right.... *wahwwarhblrabrlahwahjablarghrbalrgh rants for the next two pages worth of posts then goes back to play emulated green on green game boy games*
 
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This is classed as front page news? Two people contradicting what logic and at least 10 other sources state? I call BS

It's front page news for exactly the reason you stated. It's interesting because some people have said to the contrary of this and it's sure to attract a lot of attention.

And yeah, isn't shader tech rather advanced nowadays anyway? Like I'm pretty sure the Wii, 3DS, and Vita can all producer pretty great lighting effects in comparison to the PS3/Xbox 360. Like I was watching a Kid Icarus: Uprising trailer on TV and I wasn't impressed by the models and environments but there was one scene with some really cool lighting effects. Hell, if it wasn't for great shaders, games like Super Mario Galaxy would look abysmal.
 

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It could either be "anonymous" as in "made up", someone having old dev kits or the truth...but seeing as named developers have stated that its more powerful than the PS3.

I call bullshit, who goes on about fucking shaders nowadays? Might as well talk about bump mapping.

It's all about what the devs will and can do with it regarding time vs money.
 

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This is interesting... I'm very curious to see Nintendo products on WiiU, since I think only one of those will show us what the WiiU is capable of. 3rd party software will essentially look the same, even though I did expect that Batman or Darksiders would run at 1080p on WiiU, though I don't see this happening with 3rd partydevelopers tending to do lazy port when it comes to graphics (what I understand).
 

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oh wow. its not even powerful than this gen?
You seriously took that as a fact? :P

Have you seen the bird demo at last years E3, it puts X360 and PS3 to shame.

It's not that good. It looks pretty but so does almost any other tech demo for the time. Actual game screenshots and stuff I've seen haven't really made it look definitively better than the Xbox 360 or PS3.
 

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oh wow. its not even powerful than this gen?
No, this article is just about two unnamed developers spewing out bullshit.
There are so many other legit sources with real developers saying how they were pleasantly surprised with what the hardware can produce graphically.
I mean just look at what (vigil?) said about how it will have more than 1gig of ram but less than 8.
I don't expect a massive powerhouse, but seeing what actual developers with newer versions of kit has said about the U, it will be well above PS360 quality.
 

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oh wow. its not even powerful than this gen?
You seriously took that as a fact? :P

Have you seen the bird demo at last years E3, it puts X360 and PS3 to shame.

It's not that good. It looks pretty but so does almost any other tech demo for the time. Actual game screenshots and stuff I've seen haven't really made it look definitively better than the Xbox 360 or PS3.
Nah, more capable than ps3/x360 look carefully, what's more impressive is this is from a early dev kit, the dev kits have been upgrading ever since then and is more powerful according to developers.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVKMMYFbVgk&feature=related
 
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Dear Nintendo:
No analog triggers. No upscaled wii/gc. Official announcement of no 3D games for 3D monitors. The dreadful notion that this might be as (OR LESS) powerful than the 360. Please stop smoking crack rocks. If you must continue to abuse crack, please make it yourself rather than waste the Nintendo coffers; crack is far more expensive than powdered cocaine, and there is less risk of a cut product.
 

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oh wow. its not even powerful than this gen?
You seriously took that as a fact? :P

Have you seen the bird demo at last years E3, it puts X360 and PS3 to shame.

It's not that good. It looks pretty but so does almost any other tech demo for the time. Actual game screenshots and stuff I've seen haven't really made it look definitively better than the Xbox 360 or PS3.
Nah, more capable than ps3/x360 look carefully, what's more impressive is this is from a early dev kit, the dev kits have been upgrading ever since then and is more powerful according to developers.
There's a version with better texturing and lightning of that demo, I'm looking for it right now.

^^That's it. Well almost at least the showfloor version was way better. look up Wii U Japanese garden iphone.
Anyway, I don't think that the demo isn't anything spectacular tbh, but to be fair the U was still in it's early stages.
 

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